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Mahoganyanais
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Posted on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 05:05 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Racial Data Sought for Bush Event

By Dana Milbank

The Secret Service has requested racial information on journalists
and guests scheduled to attend a reception tomorrow night with President
Bush.

White House reporters said they were offended that after furnishing
the customary information -- name, date of birth and Social Security
number -- they were also asked for the race of each person expected to
attend the small reception scheduled before the White House Correspondents'
Association's annual dinner.

The Secret Service said that it has been routine for many years to
request such information of people who will be near the president, and
that the information allows for quicker and more accurate searches of
criminal databases. The policy has not been applied universally, however;
such information is not requested of the people who greet the president
and first lady at White House Christmas parties, for example, and is
not always asked of people who have appointments in the White House
complex.

After officers of the White House Correspondents' Association provided
the Secret Service with names, dates of birth and Social Security
numbers of those who would attend the VIP reception, an agent called back to
ask for racial identities. "It's offensive on the face of it," said
Edwin Chen, a Los Angeles Times White House reporter who is secretary of
the association and who provided the information. "Why do they need to
have race?"

Knight Ridder reporter Ron Hutcheson, the association's president,
said. "I just don't understand the need for it. There may be one, but I
don't know what it is."

A spokesman for the Secret Service, Lorie Lewis, said it is routine
for the agency to request all five main "identifiers" used in the FBI's
National Crime Information Center database: name, birth date, Social
Security number, sex and race. If all five were not requested before, "it
may have been a mistake or an omission," she said.

Lewis said the request has nothing to do with racial profiling. "The
Secret Service does not and will not tolerate racial or cultural bias,"
she said. "The standard background checks are not designed to profile
individuals involved with the event. Rather, it provides for a more
thorough and timely search of the national law enforcement databases."

A White House official from the Clinton administration said race was
not a field in the form it used to clear visitors into the executive
mansion. A Bush White House spokesman referred calls to the Secret
Service.

The agency has become more rigorous in all aspects of security since
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. White House correspondents are not always
subject to the same security measures as the public because agents know
the journalists.

Anecdotal evidence suggests the Secret Service is more frequently
asking for racial information from journalists. The Arizona Daily Star
complained last year after a Bush-Cheney campaign official, on Secret
Service instruction, called to ask for a photographer's race before she was
allowed to photograph Vice President Cheney.

Also last year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that journalists
covering a presidential debate there were asked to disclose their race
on a media credential application. In October, the Rocky Mountain News
reported that journalists covering a Bush appearance in Colorado were
asked to provide race and gender. And last month, the Orange County
Register reported that Cheney's staff requested race and gender information
before the vice president would meet with the newspaper's editorial
board.

Officials from the White House Correspondents' Association had
conflicting recollections about whether the racial information had been
requested for past receptions.


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Yvettep
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Posted on Friday, April 29, 2005 - 07:57 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Maybe they can have a "paper bag test" or something at the entrance of the White House...
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Abm
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Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 02:10 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

'Vette,

HAHA!

Yeah. Or you gottah take a fine-comb test. And if you can't run the comb through your (peasy) head, you must grab a mob/bucket and enter the Whitehouse through the rear door.
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Abm
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Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 02:12 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Note: I guess I should be more specific with the nicknames. Cause Yvettep and Yvette are so close, that using 'Vette may be confusing.
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Yvettep
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Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 02:37 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yvette and Yvettep are one and the same--like you ABM/Amb, for some reason my name appears differently on different boards.

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Abm
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Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 02:47 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

'Vette,

Thanks for clarifying. Because I thought my dyslexia was acting up again.
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libralind2
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Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2005 - 09:07 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Cedric The E. performed at this event and in talking about the Secret Service he said they do a great job and he was certain he does not have prostrate cancer. LOL
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abm
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Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2005 - 09:21 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

LiLi,

I saw Ced too. He was funny.

He really got off some good ones against Condi. But she seemed to take them in stride.

The First Lady was pretty funny too. She actually said that by her husband going to bed so early, she's become a "Desperate Housewife".
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libralind2
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Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2005 - 09:43 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yep Condi was cracking up. I thought Laura Bush was very funny. I found myself laughing in spite of myself..LOL
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cynique
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Posted on Monday, May 02, 2005 - 12:06 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yea, Laura was getting some pretty good zingers in. Apparently ol George is getting his jollies from sticking it to everybody but her. Since they don't have to worry about being re-elected, I expect things between the first couple to be playing out a lot more in the public eye. Dubya may be a dude on his ranch, but he's probably a dud in the bed.
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abm
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Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 07:20 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Cynique: “Dubya may be a dude on his ranch, but he's probably a dud in the bed.”

ABM: (Haha!)...which is kinda ironic seeing as he’s suppose to be the ‘most powerful man on Earth’. But you know, they say W was once a bigtime party boy. So maybe he’s so worn out from chasing Condi around the Oval Office during the day that he’s plum tuckered out by dusk.

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