Two members of the "Denver Three," three citizens kicked out of a Bush town hall meeting on social security reform, are filing suit in federal court alleging that their civil rights were violated. With the help of the ACLU, they're charging that a man who identified himself as a Secret Service agent expelled them from the March event citing the "No more blood for oil" bumpersticker on their car. Because the White House is protected by governmental immunity, the suit is against the man, Michael Casper, a building manager in the General Services Administration; Jay Bob Klinkerman, head of the Colorado Federation of Young Republicans who stopped the two plaintiffs at the gate, and five others who were involved.
"Casper had an earpiece," said Mark Silverstein, legal director of the Denver ACLU office. "It appeared that he let them in, and then he came back and said, 'You can't be here.' We're going to follow the earpiece," Silverstein said. The lawsuit will be used to discover who gave orders to Casper and "who set the policies, who directed that people who appear to have viewpoints in opposition to the president couldn't attend a publicly funded town hall meeting."