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Homeland Security Arrests Veteran for Complaining Too Much

November 8, 2004

Now complaining too much can get you arrested by Homeland Security. The veteran arrested in the article, Dr. Tennant was arrested in front of his family for calling the VA too many times. He did jail time for the offense of "harassing."

Not that this is the first time that Homeland Security has ventured where we were told that it wouldn't -- click here to see an archive of similar abuses of power.

The Federal Protective Service Agent admitted, "He had been harassing them for the past three years...We were looking at the messages and while there were no direct threats, the language was abusive and derogatory and seemed to be getting worse.”

Tune in today to the Alex Jones Show to hear an interview with Dr. Tennant, about his ordeal, and to learn more about Homeland Security and the Patriot Act out of control.

Agents arrest man in threats

Quad-City Times | November 5, 2004

By Tory Brecht

Inspectors from Federal Protective Services — a branch of the Homeland Security Department — arrested a Bettendorf chiropractor Friday accused of making harassing phone calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs office in Des Moines.

Kenneth C. Tennant, 45, 3447 Magnolia Court, remained in the Polk County, Iowa, jail late Friday afternoon, charged with third-degree harassment.

Although it is a state charge — and a misdemeanor — Federal Protective Service, or FPS,  personnel were involved because the VA office is a federal facility, said special agent Wil Calvey.

The FPS provides law enforcement and security services to more than 1 million tenants and daily visitors to all federally owned and leased facilities nationwide, according to its mission statement. FPS focuses directly on the interior security of the nation and the reduction of crimes and potential threats to federal facilities.

Calvey said two inspectors from Des Moines had been investigating Tennant after receiving complaints from the VA office.

“He had been harassing them for the past three years,” said Calvey. “We were looking at the messages and while there were no direct threats, the language was abusive and derogatory and seemed to be getting worse.”

Proactive measures

The specific nature of the calls, or a dispute between Tennant and the VA, was not divulged by FPS officials or the VA.

Calvey said the elevated threat of terrorism, coupled with a better understanding of workplace violence, have led the service to take a more proactive approach to dealing with harassment.

“We are trying to nip these things in the bud rather than let them escalate into a greater problem,” he said. “When you let things go, and people are not punished, they get worse and you have an increased chance of an incident where someone is injured or killed.”

Tennant will be prosecuted by the Polk County Attorney's office, not in federal court, Calvey added. His bond was set at $325.

Tennant works at American Family Chiropractic, 1530 State St., where he shares an office with three other chiropractors. One of the doctors, who did not wish to give her name, said she was surprised by the charges and was not aware Tennant had a dispute with the VA.

According to federal court records, Tennant filed a lawsuit in 1998 disputing a denial of disability insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income. After a two-year legal battle, the U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit upheld the denial.

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Homeland Security Agents Visit Toy Store

Associated Press | October 29 2004

ST. HELENS, Ore. - So far as she knows, Pufferbelly Toys owner Stephanie Cox hasn't been passing any state secrets to sinister foreign governments, or violating obscure clauses in the Patriot Act.

So she was taken aback by a mysterious phone call from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to her small store in this quiet Columbia River town just north of Portland.

"I was shaking in my shoes," Cox said of the September phone call. "My first thought was the government can shut your business down on a whim, in my opinion. If I'm closed even for a day that would cause undue stress."

When the two agents arrived at the store, the lead agent asked Cox whether she carried a toy called the Magic Cube, which he said was an illegal copy of the Rubik's Cube, one of the most popular toys of all time.

He told her to remove the Magic Cube from her shelves, and he watched to make sure she complied.

After the agents left, Cox called the manufacturer of the Magic Cube, the Toysmith Group, which is based in Auburn, Wash. A representative told her that Rubik's Cube patent had expired, and the Magic Cube did not infringe on the rival toy's trademark.

Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said agents went to Pufferbelly based on a trademark infringement complaint filed in the agency's intellectual property rights center in Washington, D.C.

"One of the things that our agency's responsible for doing is protecting the integrity of the economy and our nation's financial systems and obviously trademark infringement does have significant economic implications," she said.

Six weeks after her brush with Homeland Security, Cox told The Oregonian she is still bewildered by the experience.

"Aren't there any terrorists out there?" she said.

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