July 25th, 2007
01:45 PM ET
8 years ago

Protester removed from Fred Thompson event

A protester questioned Thompson’s conservatism Wednesday.

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) – A woman screaming “you’re not a real conservative, sir” was removed by police from a welcoming reception for likely GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson Wednesday morning. A second protester was also taken from the room.

Houston police officers escorted the woman — as well as a man — from the hangar at Hobby Airport, where Thompson was shaking hands with a crowd of supporters. They were not arrested.

The woman questioned Thompson as he talked to reporters. She asked him why he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and noted that the organization supported the North American Union with Canada and Mexico.

After the woman interrupted Thompson by questioning his conservative credentials, the likely candidate said, “Don’t fuss at me. You asked me a question. Let me answer it.” He told the woman, “I try to learn as much as I can from all viewpoints.”

Later, she shouted at Thompson as the news conference ended. Police officers took her outside a fenced area near the hangar, and stood with her until the former Tennessee senator departed.

Editor’s Note: In the comments section below (#4), the woman has identified herself as a member of the group “Houston 9/11 Truth.” In a video of the incident linked on her blog, she is also heard charging the attack in New York on 9/11 was a “inside job.”

- CNN Political Desk Manager Steve Brusk

Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Chris, Dallas, Texas

    Its easy in the cheap seats to comment on anything. Adults shouldn't act like children just because they don't like what a person says. Thompson in '08

    July 26, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Victor, Parkersburg, WV

    The woman asked a very good question and was not being disruptive at all. Only until the cops started pulling on her did she ask her crazy question on 911 and become disruptive. Whatever happened to the right to peacably assemble?

    At any rate, Ron Paul is the only candidate running worth supporting and he has a solid record of supporting the constitution. Everyone else just issues soundbites.

    July 26, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Ann, Ontario, Canada

    I would like to know what Thompson has actually done other than appear weekly on Law and Order? Wasn't it reported that he left the Senate because he didn't like either all the work or all the hours??? So why all of a sudden has he decided that he can spend all the time now being President when he wouldn't before to continue being a Senator? I keep reading at blogs that he is tall and has a great speaking voice– so? Is that the criteria now for attaining the highest office in the country?

    July 26, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. jeff holland, CA

    I'd like to see CNN do a story on how many times Hillary has had the secret service remove someone for asking a tough question. Oh wait that has to stay secret, we don't won't anything out there that might hurt her chansces of destroying our country.

    July 26, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. liz, Montgomery, AL

    Another one who realizes that a neo-con is just one who runs around in conservatives costume and calls them self a conservative when they are anything but.

    July 26, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. repsac3

    "If it’s on private property, the owners can remove whoever they wish. On public property, everyone ought to have the right to free assembly as long as they’re not disruptive."
    Posted By Terry, Charleston SC : July 26, 2007 3:39 pm
    And this hangar in Hobby airport in Houston is public or private?

    If private, was it the owner of the hangar that instructed the police to remove this woman? Does s/he say why?

    July 26, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Kelly Reeves, Houston, TX

    "Yes, he is not a ‘truther.’ That’s the best thing about him. He isn’t trying to capitalize on a bunch of ambiguous facts associated with the deaths of 3,000 people by claiming that the government was directly involved (even though Al Qaeda has said or done NOTHING to deny their involvement, and has said NOTHING to indicate that they received any assistance from the U.S. Government, which they would gladly admit to otherwise.) He, like the rest of the voting Americans with I.Q.s above 70, is focused on more REALISTIC problems. If you don’t agree with him on said problems, that’s your constitutional right, but to call him ‘blind’ to a conspiracy that obviously never existed is beyond asinine."

    A conspiracy is not a theory. A conspiracy is a crime.

    Osama bin Laden denied having anything to do with 9-11. The "admission" tape was an obvious hoax, given that "Osama" suddenly gained 50 pounds, lost his neck, bashed in his nose, became right-handed and wore a gold band (forbidden in Islam).

    Those who claim that 19 Saudi hijackers were responsible for the events are true traitors. The collapse of the towers defied the laws of physics. WTC 7 was brought down by explosives according to Larry Silverstein (owner), employees working inside building 7 and firemen, police and emergency officials at the scene. The BBC and CNN reported that WTC 7 had collapsed more than twenty minutes prior to the actual collapse. How could they have known?

    The overwhelming evidence shows that this was an inside job coordinated with Israeli intelligence. An intelligent person would not openly brag about his refusal to examine the evidence because it contradicts his nationalistic tendencies.

    There is no more important issue than who was involved in 9-11, particularly at a time when the government and Israeli Zionists are about to create another false flag operation to scare the population into martial law and create justification for Israel and the US to use nuclear weapons against Iran.
    The same people who brought you 9-11 are about to bring you 9-11 Part 2.

    But to the paid shills and buffoons, run along now like good little cogs so you continue to pay more than 60 percent of your income for a crumbling infrastructure, an uneducated population, and the infamous war machine.

    July 26, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. Thelieage houston, tx

    You gotta like someone who goes to videotape themselves being obnoxious, then goes to the website and tries to further explain their story. For some reason I think someone has no job and has nothing better to do. Maybe George Bush put her there I wonder what he knew and when he knew it. Hahaha what a joke. Well I better get off here I gotta go to work now. Maybe she ought to think about doing the same.

    July 26, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Poo ft. lauderdale, fl

    She should be arrested for being lame.

    July 26, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Ryan Rabalais, Houston, Texas


    July 26, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. MAGNES Las Vegas Nevada

    Try reading a real conservative.

    Craig Roberts


    July 26, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. James, Boston, MA

    The Ron Paul group likes to saturate these things with crazy hate speech, but it's only because their candidate has NO chance to even come close at the nomination. It's so funny. Instead of getting their guy's message out, they just do a shouting match at other candidates. It shows them who they are. Fred Thompson isn't even in the race and his support is soaring! Go get 'em Fred! I'm a conservative, and you have my vote!

    July 26, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Apollo Philadelphia

    MUST READ, Your personal freedom is being eroded by design, planned ahead of time.


    July 10, 2003
    Neo – CONNED !

    July 26, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Mike, HI

    James from Boston:

    The Ron Paul group likes to saturate these things with crazy hate speech, but it’s only because their candidate has NO chance to even come close at the nomination. It’s so funny. Instead of getting their guy’s message out, they just do a shouting match at other candidates. It shows them who they are.

    Please read the posts. Ron Paul supporters are called delusional and whackjobs. I'm sure a few have also yelled at others, but to act as if we're the only ones being disruptive is down right blind. And a lot of times, when I see someone advocate for Paul, they do link to policy issues or mention his voting record and beliefs. So please, try being fair.

    Stephen from Vancouver:

    You obviously haven’t been following along with the trade agreements. Whenever they drop tariffs and subsidies it’s called “TRADE LIBERALIZATION”. Think on that for a while.

    Please look up the meaning of the word liberalization. Or even liberal. And I don't mean the political term used today, I simply mean the word 'liberal.' For instance, where do you think the word 'liberate' comes from?

    July 26, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I find it interesting how people define "free speech." Free speech is not granted to everyone for any reason.

    The Constitution does not ensure free speech protection under law for a man that falsely yells "fire!" in a crowded room. A person is not protected under the law when giving false accusations or slander either. If a person has corporate insider information are they ensured free speech protection when they tell their close friends to purchase said stock? No.

    Here is a simplified definition of disturbing the peace:

    "The unsettling of proper order by creating loud noise, by fighting, or conducting other unsocial behavior that upsets people. Punishable by either a fine or brief term in jail, disturbing the peace is considered a misdemeanor."

    A person is not covered by free speech protection when they disturb the peace.

    It is very obvious by the woman's comments when she is being asked to leave and by the weblink she included on her post to this discussion topic that she went to meet Mr. Thompson with a preconceived agenda. She did not go there with the intent to interview FT. She went there to make a point and in the end she disrupted the event using unsocial behavior.

    The self professed interviewer was not apprehended. She was asked to leave and escorted from the building because she was being disruptive. She knew exactly what she was doing. She can play the victim card all she likes but, like a sieve, the argument holds no water.

    July 26, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Lena Parisi

    You liberal freaks are about to loose again. Thats why you have to stupe to new levels...Posted By Dan Peoria, IL

    wow Dan, it's lucky for you that you don't have to know how to spell in order to vote. And speaking of, how many races were republicans involved in voter caging? violation of the 14th amendment?

    why aren't you all concerned about Bush's contempt for the Constitution? if he were a democrat, you'd all be howling at the moon...

    Brett Elzi : Yes, those pesky little things called facts vindicate that comment...I'm beginning to think a prerequisite for being a conservative is ignorance. All you seem to be able to do here is insult those you don't like. High school is over, children.

    anyway, liberalism, in its original sense, was about free markets, private property, enlightenment philosophy, individual rights... in other words, the founders would have been considered liberals in their time according to that definition. And that definition isn't wrong now. What democratic politician argues against private property or individual rights, etc?

    the only person who is abusing these issues is Bush with his executive order that allows him to confiscate property of those who "hinder" the occupation of Iraq. The wording is so broad it could apply to you if you criticize his handling of the situation. Individual rights are part of habeas corpus, which is another part of the bill of rights that Bush has said is "irrelevant." He has also been the president that has done the most to regress to some sort of medieval nanny state, rather than enlightened philosophy that posits humans have to solve their own problems, and accept that science isn't about religion, etc.

    anyway, I really never heard right wingers that much before I started reading political comment sites. Frankly, I'd be happy to admit that we hate each other and we should separate for the good of the children. You can have Jesusland and we'll take the north. The midwest will decide as they will (and many would not choose Jesusland - that's where I live and you wouldn't believe how many people (liberal, conservative, libertarian, independent) detest Bush and Cheney and just hope this nation will survive them.

    July 26, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. PamB, Hartford, CT

    Fred Thompson is a Pro Abortionist. His 7-94 comment on Abortion::Gov should stay out of it. The ultimate decision must be made by the women. Gov. should treat its citizens as adults, capable of making moral decisions on their own.
    Read this one. Thompson is NO Reagan.


    And if anybody thinks THIS looks like any trophy wife, I've got news for them. Can you picture her greeting Foreign dignataries?


    July 26, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. AdamT

    Goon scum!!! Free speech in Amerikkka is dead. This girl had a legitimate question and got drug out because it hit on REAL issues, not the dumbed down drivel the MSM shoves down out throats 24-7. F Thompson is elite CFR globalist scum. The North American Union is a reality and to try and act like he "isn't aware" of it is a bold faced lie. Cheney/Bush are codling Thompson all the way. Total criminals all of them!!!

    To merge the US, Mexico, and Canada is to relinquish our sovereignty to the NWO/global fascist government. Bush has already signed the documents for this process to begin and is guilty of high treason!

    Listen to this girl tomorrow (7/27/07) on the Alex Jones show. infowars.com, prisonplanet.com.

    July 26, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. Leslie, Chicago, IL

    I will bet that you will be able to traqce the protesters to Hillary. Conservatives are not rude like that. To disrupt is a liberal tactic.

    Posted By Tom Murphy, Somers Point, NJ : July 26, 2007 9:30 am

    Ha! Liberals like John Roberts, who completely disrupted and threatened the 2000 Florida ballot counting?
    The names of those "liberals" are now on the roster of those working for GW in the WH or on Courts of Appeals, or the SCOTOUS. Yup, Count on those "Liberals to make a stink and disrupt. Or the "liberals" who time and again disrupt the campaign stops of Hillary, or Obama, or Edwards.
    My, my, my, those darn SCOTUS Liberals.

    Please think before you write......and make a real fool of yourself and the people who support what you say.

    July 26, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Tony Williams

    This lady is a HERO to this nation!

    We need many more Americans to start calling out these Anti-American CFR TRAITORS!

    How can a group that openly calls for AND EVEN WRITES PAPERS ON THE DESTRUCTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Through the creation of its "North American Union" agenda even be allowed to keep on with its treason?

    I mean excuse me but the CFR is a MUCH BIGGER DANGER TO AMERICA than the taliban or that 7ft tall islamic doctor evil dude who lives in the bat caves on the other side of the world with running water or power.

    These CFR THUGS are Ultra Rich Elitists who form the very top of the Ubder-minority that rules this nations media and most of its government.

    In less than one month Bush and the "leaders" of Mexico and Canada are set to hold another "meeting" on their "North American Union" TREASON.

    I mean on 99% of the American people HATE THE IDEA (and ditto that for Most Mexicans and Canadians!) But hey this is the New World Order and what EVERYONE ELSE WANTS DOESNT MATTER TO THE UBER-MINORITY.

    Clinton,Gore,Edwards and Obama are ALL CFR members.

    Same story for most of the GOP

    McCain,Guiliani, Romeny and Tompson are ALL CFR members.

    If your not supporting Congressman Ron Paul in 2008 then YOU are IN FACT SUPPORTING THE DEATH OF AMERICA.

    July 27, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  21. J.J. Atlanta, Georgia

    The question is simple: Why was a woman who asked 1 question singled out and removed by force!? What threat/crime were the Houston Police responding to? How can the Police violate the freedom of one citizen over another? A full investigation is required immediately.

    July 27, 2007 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  22. Terry, Charleston SC

    Lena Parisi:

    "anyway, liberalism, in its original sense, was about free markets, private property, enlightenment philosophy, individual rights… in other words, the founders would have been considered liberals in their time according to that definition. And that definition isn’t wrong now."

    First off, the original context of "liberal" was liberation from oppressive government. The irony of the way it's used today is that liberals generally want to increase the size of government.

    "What democratic politician argues against private property or individual rights, etc?"

    Almost all of them. The "against private property" tack is usually higher taxation (if my money goes to the government, it's no longer "private property"). The "individual rights" assaults are even more egregious, with the #1 poster child being the constant assault by "liberals" against the Second Amendment.

    All I want is "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" without measurable government involvement. We're a long way from that today...

    July 27, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. BDR, PGH, PA

    After reading all of the comments on this thread, I have come to the conclusion that America as a country is irreparably damaged due to the obvious fact that the minds of the populace have been destroyed. A country populated with gutter trash being coerced to vote for the best psychotic power monger does not make a great country.

    How about that Linsey Lohan huh?

    July 27, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Lena Parisi

    Terry- when the constitution was finally ratified, the founders taxed the citizens of this new nation to pay for the Rev. War. The Whiskey Rebellion was put down by the founders - because they wanted to make sure they had a strong federal govt that could collect taxes as needed.

    Initially the country had a poll tax (a regressive tax that is not based upon assets/income, and sometimes resulted in disenfranchisement for small farmers b/c they had to sell their farms to pay the tax) as well as tariffs. Liberation was from the divine right of kings, a state religion, and taxation without representation...tho the founders turned around and did the same thing to the less-well off with the poll tax.

    so, the founders, "liberals" who supported private property, also felt that it was necessary to have taxation to pay for the working of the govt.

    if you are one of those people who doesn't want to pay taxes for education, etc...let me remind you that the kids you don't care about now will be the ones wiping your behind when you're in a nursing home.

    and gun control...how is that an abridgement of rights if the issues are things like automatic weapons? rifles are not at risk. and just as you or someone else would not be allowed to have a tank that you can use to shoot targets for fun, uzis, etc. aren't an "individual right." I support the right to bear arms for you and whoever, as do other liberals. I don't think it is unreasonable to recognize that some guns, like tanks, say, are not an inherent part of that "right to bear arms."

    And, yeah, I agree with you about that life liberty etc... which is why the current govt. is such a sickening moment in history. And why do they insist on stupid things like not allowing farmers to grow hemp? - it would be a great cash crop for them, could replace so many things... Ford made a hemp car that was stronger than steel. Rope, paper... interesting factoid- the declaration of independence was written on hemp paper. it is also a great source of fuel oil... (and it is not psychotropic). Read up about republican farmers who want the govt to get real and return to the long heritage of hemp farming. My aggravation about taxes is that certain industries (oil, for instance) are favored to the detriment of the people of this country. If the oil cos didn't own the fed. govt (both sides of the aisle) we could have long ago set a goal for oil independence, like a goal to put a man on the moon. A whole new source of employment, industry... and the whole issue of single payer health care is another thing that hinders entrepeneurs. people stay in jobs because they can't afford health care otherwise. so big biz has everyone by the... tail.

    ..and what about that idea of "conservative?" From "conserve," so why do republicans bend over...backwards to allow companies to crap in our waters and leave pcbs in groundwater, etc. etc. etc. Teddy R. knew about this part of conservatism. Actually, the current ideology that calls itself "conservative" in the U.S. bears little resemblance to traditional conservatism. Gingrich et al ushered in the neo-confederacy. Strangle the govt so that you create a permanant class of wage slaves. As Reagan's administration showed, trickle down theory is a joke (i.e. he raised taxes in his second term).

    So, taxes are traditionally levied by both parties for the greater good, for protection of the nation... and as far as individual rights...again, have you taken a look at all the "executive fiat" that bush has instituted?

    July 27, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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