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Secret Service visits 81-year-old to ask about letter criticizing Bush

January 22, 2007

Dan Tilli of Bethlehem, Pa., has written more than 200 letters-to-the-editor.

His most recent one earned the 81-year-old a visit from two U.S. Secret Service officers who wanted to know more about what he meant when he wrote that “they hanged the wrong man” in Iraq.

The Express-Times in Easton, Pa., has the full story. It all began with this Jan. 15 letter-to-the editor from Tilli.

He begins by saying that “G.W. Bush’s address on Wednesday night was nothing more than an admittance of failure in Iraq, which we all knew before this.”

Tilli ends by saying that “the best thing now is to get U.S. troops out of Iraq and get Bush out of Washington. I still believe they hanged the wrong man.”

Last Thursday, two officers came to Tilli’s home. According to the Express-Times, they asked quite a few questions, including whether he had ever considered committing suicide, to which Tilli said “Hell no,” and whether he had ever visited Washington, D.C.?

“I don’t even know how to get there,” Tilli says he told them, adding that “Atlantic City is the only place I go.”

As for the reference to the wrong man being hanged, Tilli says he told the officers “I didn’t say who — I could’ve meant (Osama) bin Laden.”

After the visit, the Secret Service says it is satisfied Tilli poses no threat. Secret Service agent Kenneth Beauchamp told the Express-Times he enjoyed meeting Tilli.

“He was an interesting man to talk to,” Beauchamp said. “He seemed like a very nice gentleman.”
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