(Police State USA) NASHVILLE, TN — The Nashville police chief has blown the whistle about how U.S. Secret Service agents pressured his officers to fake a warrant and help them commit a warrantless search of a man’s home.
Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson recently came forth with details about his attempt to report the corrupt behavior, which was subsequently brushed aside by Secret Service officials.
The incident occurred on January 19, 2013, when two Secret Service agents showed up at a Nashville residence in an attempt to interrogate the homeowner about a suspicious Facebook posting. When the homeowner refused to speak with the agents, the agents placed a “frantic phone call” the local police dispatcher and summoned a police response.
The Secret Service agents had told the dispatcher that the resident “possibly had a gun in his hand,” even though the agents couldn’t provide any further details, not even the name of the person they were attempting to investigate.
A total of seven Metropolitan police officers arrived at the scene, including three sergeants. Officers agreed to use the loudspeaker to attempt to coax the homeowner outside. When the man retorted “Show me your warrant,” the Secret Service took their investigation in a more dubious direction.
Following the denial of entry, the Secret Service agents requested that an MNPD sergeant “wave a piece of paper,” as Chief Anderson explained, “in an apparent effort to dupe the resident that they indeed had a warrant.”
The sergeant called superiors and then ceased cooperating with the Secret Service. No search was conducted.
The situation could have resulted in an “embarrassing situation for both agencies,” wrote Chief Anderson in a letter to the Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Secret Service. This is especially true, given that a Special Response Team was prepped and ready to breach the home, following allegations of a “dark object” being held by the homeowner — “possibly” a gun. It is not uncommon for innocent people to be shot by police when they falsely perceive a weapon.
When the chief aired his grievances to the bureaucrats in charge, his letter was “not well received.” As he explained to members of the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
[vision_pullquote style=”2″ align=”center”] I did receive a phone call from the assistant director. His tone, at best, was condescending and dismissive. He asked for no details about the event and did not conduct any follow-up interviews with anyone in this department. At the conclusion of this call it was clear to me that no further inquiry would be made and certainly nothing would be committed to writing — hence the phone call. I realized that I was being told, in a polite manner, to mind my own affairs. [/vision_pullquote]
Chief Anderson recalled asking, “Do you think it is appropriate to wave a piece of paper in the air and tell him you have a warrant when you do not have a warrant?”
The assistant director’s answer: “I don’t know. I’m not a lawyer.”
Anderson wrote that he was probably naive when he expected his complaint to be resolved and the corruption to be addressed. He did not initially expect that the federal agency would completely blow him off.
Chief Anderson’s account exposes a culture of corruption within the Secret Service, stemming from the investigative agents going all the way up to the agency director. It seems that behavior that is unethical, unconstitutional, and perhaps illegal is tolerated by the agency and allowed to exist unabated.
Unfortunately, the extent of Chief Anderson’s complaint letter was to issue a warning that the relationship between the USSS and the MNPD might be damaged if he did not receive “assurance that situations such as this will not be repeated.” The chief says he still is happy to work with the ATF, DEA, FBI, and other federal agencies.
Although Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned in October 2014, following an embarrassing security breach at the White House, the criminal agents in the subject of this article have neither been fired nor criminally charged. It is obvious the corrupt agency still needs a complete overhaul.
The Secret Service issued the following statement:
[vision_pullquote style=”2″ align=”center”] The Secret Service values our relationship with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. The January 2013 incident described by Chief Anderson was addressed by supervisors in the Secret Service Nashville Field Office. In addition, Deputy Director A.T. Smith called Chief Anderson at the time of his letter to our agency to express his regret at the way this incident was handled by field office personnel. We encourage Chief Anderson to continue to work with the Special Agent in Charge of the Nashville Secret Service field office, who is his appropriate contact on matters of mutual concern. [/vision_pullquote]