- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In his recent Op-Ed, Judge Andrew Napolitano was correct in publicly questioning the scope of H.R. 347, the “Trespass bill” (“Can the Secret Service tell you to shut up?” Commentary, March 16).

I find it odd that a Senate, which has not been able to agree on a budget in three years, can suddenly speak in unison on a bill that opens the door to placing unreasonable limits on free speech. As a former lead agent on the president’s protection detail, I can assure you that every agent is a highly trained professional and is focused on protecting the office or designated protectee, not the policies or agenda. Regardless, this bill places far too much discretionary power in the hands of our government law enforcement representatives.

If used judiciously, H.R. 347 could serve as a valuable law enforcement tool. If it is abused, it is our obligation to preserve our constitutional liberties and press for changes in the law or to vote out of office those attempting to subjugate the law.

DANIEL BONGINO

U.S. Senate candidate

Severna Park, Md.