When I say people, I mean the public that doesn't like him enough to wear anti-Bush t-shirts and protest his ass. Since three out of four Americans and a higher percentage of foreigners detest his Presidency, this manual covers a lot of people. It is a sad situation when things have to come to this between the President and the people he claims to represent. When you can't even face the public, and issue guidelines for the secret service and local police forces.....it makes you wonder what country we really live in.
From ABC's The Blotter:
"As a last resort, security should remove the demonstrators from the event," the manual instructs. The government turned over a heavily redacted version of the manual to the ACLU in the course of the lawsuit.
The first step to keeping demonstrators out of events, the manual tells the president's event staff, is to encourage the Secret Service to "ask the local police department to designate a protest area...preferably not in view of the event site or the motorcade route."
Inside the event space, the manual advises, White House advance personnel should preposition "rally squads" that can swarm any protesters at the event and "use their signs and banners as shields between the demonstrators and the main press platform."
The rally squads can be formed using "college/young republican organizations, local athletic teams, and fraternities/sororities," the manual notes.
The squads can "lead supportive chants to drown out the protesters (USA!, USA!, USA!)," it suggests.
The information was made public when the ACLU successfully sued the White House after ejecting a couple that were protesting the President. Jeffery and Nicole Rank were forcibly removed from a taxpayer-funded Presidential trip that led to their arrest. No charges were pressed, but the incident was enough to make the couple sue Bush for infringing on their rights. The manual didn't really take those little things into account...only to make Georgie look good and not have to deal with citizens that want to express their First Amendment rights.
Silly, I know, those 'rights' are so pesky for Bush and his thugs.