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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Don't Try to Burn This Guy's Flags

As Leonardo pointed out earlier this week, the U.S. Capitol Police have more officers guarding 535 members of Congress than the DC government has guarding the city's 600,000 inhabitants. Yet it took a private citizen - and flag-shop worker - to apprehend the gun-toting Drug Crazed Madman that crashed through a security barrier and ran into the Capitol earlier this week.
A flag-shop worker, not the U.S. Capitol Police, first subdued an armed intruder in the Capitol this week, according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

"A guy who worked in the flag shop grabbed him," Cochran said yesterday. "[The worker is] a big guy."

Cochran said his staff told him the intruder was near the flag shop and "looked suspicious."

The still-unidentified flag-shop worker "just assumed [the intruder] didn't belong in the Capitol," seized him and held him until Capitol Police arrived on the scene.
I see a new Fox show in this. A retired Navy Seal who runs a small flag shop in the U.S. Capitol, spoiling assassination attempts, fighting terrorists when they take over the Capitol, and cramming small flag poles into people's eyes. Patriot. Entrepreneur. Bad Mutha. These colors don't run, but blood will.

More here.


From CQ:

It was three employees of the small basement Flag Office, not the Capitol Police, who finally stopped and physically subdued the armed intruder who charged into the Capitol on Monday, Sept. 18, through an unguarded and unlocked door.

“Without them, who knows where he would have gone next,” said Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., who praised the Flag Office employees during a Legislative Branch Appropriations hearing on Thursday.