October 26th, 2010
04:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Two Miller security team members investigated in Alaska

Washington (CNN) - Commanders at Fort Richardson, Alaska are investigating two soldiers who were involved in a highly publicized altercation with a reporter at an event for Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, a base spokesman said.

The soldiers were working as part of Joe Miller's security team when they handcuffed a reporter from the Alaska Dispatch who was trying to ask the candidate questions.

The two security members, it turns out, are active duty soldiers based at Fort Richardson, according to Sgt. Maj. Derrick Crawford.

A spokesman at the base confirms that the two soldiers were working for a company that was hired by the Republican candidate for security purposes.

It is not against Army rules for the soldiers to take outside work, but the spokesman said they must have written permission from their commander and their work must not jeopardize their unit's readiness, good order or discipline.

It is unclear, as of Tuesday, whether both soldiers had the written permission from their current unit commander.

The Army is also investigating whether the soldiers violated rules forbidding involvement in political campaigns. Fort Richardson investigators are trying to determine if the fact that the soldiers worked for a third party who was hired by Miller's campaign shielded them from a violation of those rules.

Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    never been on the site before you libs are scary

    October 26, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. June in Chicago

    I believe we are now seeing the true colors of the tea party and those that follow the likes of Palin, Miller, O'Donnell and the rest. Do you think the Republicans put them out there so they would look like a better choice? Not working!!!

    October 26, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Linda

    Maybe Sarah likes to be hancuffed. Didnt have 5 kids afterall!!!

    October 26, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Bill

    Not one of those idiots posting have any knowledge of the reason the reporter was handcuffed, they just want to shoot their mouth off about Republicans. We scare them silly. they know nothing yet worship didactic discourse. Don't doubt me, I possess sagacity of these matters.

    October 26, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ahhh, c'mon, what is the one constant tat we hear from Republicans, besides hate blackie, hate gayie, and kill them all let God sort them out???

    Let me remind you, they don't like the "liberal" (AKA CORPORATE) media to ask any questions because their story un-ravels faster than a yo yo out of control. They create this fake persona (like Reagan did with his "Ranch" and cowboy hat, Bush with a fake ranch in Crawford which he already sold), and expect everyone to buy their lies hook line and sinker. Except it i not the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80's, or even the 90's. You do something stupid (like Republicans aways do) and you'll end up on youtube faster than Mitt Romney changes his magic underpants.

    October 26, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It's getting harder and harder to tell the Tea Party from the Nazi Party. Joe Miller stands for everything a politician should be ashamed of.

    October 26, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA


    Do gay people, and black people scare you too???
    Did you get out of your crazy right wing FoxNews happy zone and found out that 80% of the country does not think like you???

    Welcome out of your stupor, hoe you regain your senses back soon after being brainwashed by Fox for years.
    And don't worry, most of the people are normal in the US, there really is a small number or right wing crazies here, they just make a lot of noise

    October 26, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. mr x

    first time on site you libs are scary

    October 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    ooops...fake security, fake arrest, fake candidate, fake GOP agenda. All the GOP cares about is its own power and putting party before country. Shame on the GOP saboteurs and traitors...in the midst of the greatest economic meltdown since Hebert Hoover. Why people would want them back in power is a mystery.

    October 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Video Guy

    Article 15 should do it. Take a strip and send them packing.

    October 26, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Killer`s Instinct

    Members of the Army are expected to follow the law.

    I`m sure some idiot like Palin will suggest that to hold these people accountable if they have misbbehaved is tantamount to treason. Sorry Sarah, in America we don`t give blanket protection to wrong doers, even if they wear the military uniform.

    Sounds like extremely poor judgement for these guys to get involved with anything political.

    Since the half-term Govenor was in charge in Alaska, I`m sure the economy is humming along and there are no low wage jobs there.

    October 26, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Reggie From LA

    Let's not forget the others (who might just as well have been wearing Jack boots) who took down and stomped a woman about the head and shoulders. A WOMAN? Stomped a WOMAN. Hmmm. What party affiliation were they again? Duh

    October 26, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Marco Budgyk

    Hopefully this means Miller just lost the election. Either of the other two candidates would be ten steps up from the jackbooted Miller.

    October 26, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. rkt

    Typical libs. You know nothing about the reasons behind the detention, yet that doesn't stop you from pontificating about Republicans being Nazis. Don't you remember Nazi is short for National Socialism? And who is the most socialist president in history? BTW, i is so pride abut the spelllng and gramer use by the mose smartest poepel that evr live. ever, honnist. And you hacks want to look down on everyone else. For shame.

    October 26, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. John

    SARAN PALIN and any body she back are UNQUALIFIED to run for any PUBLIC OFFICE of any kind. The TEA PARTY too. THEY ARE ALL NUTS CASES.

    October 26, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. sma232il992

    Governments and the interests of some governments is the main reason all happening in the region

    October 26, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. carlos

    a very good DISHONORABLE discharge to those fake soldiers.....the COWARD miller should be sent to Guantanamo and put on a board and sent off shore............fellow caring, intelligent, humanitarian voters......get out and vote,we can not go back to the stone age with these republiCONServative criminals...........

    October 26, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Voice of Reason

    The worst these guys will get is that they might not have had written permission before taking outside work. If that's the case, then let them face the music and get fined/reprimanded/whatever. I dont blame them for the nonsense coming from Miller's tea-party tapdance. The TEA party itself, on the other hand, i think should be held fully accountable for the double-helping of Crazy with a side of wingnut that's being served up at every event.
    Three choices TEA partiers:
    1. If you claim to be about taxes (as they were originally before they were turned into the astroturf wing of the Republican party), then do the right thing and recognize that the taxes are lower now for the vast majority of Americans and small businesses.
    2. If you're about constitutionality (as you now claim), then "man up" and start following the constitution, and not just the parts about guns and taxes and state rights, but also the parts about free speech and religion and freedom of the press.
    3. If you're about promoting a political agenda and getting a certain party out of congress and the White House (as i suspect), then pack up your hypocrisy and go home. Please wake up and realize that you are in the minority with your wild accusations, half-truths, conspiracy theories, and particular breed of hate.

    October 26, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. Robert Warner

    Tea Party having the military arrest reporters who ask questions that TP doesn't like? Now I understand their meaning of constitutional- th Cuban constitution.

    October 26, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. Not Surprised

    Bad Tea Kettle candidate, baaaad. The law doesn't say "No military, unless your Uncle Charlie calls his friend Phil who knows this guy who has a cousin who works for the campaign". Stand up and admit that you broke the law, and send the two scofflaws to the brig. Good grief.

    October 26, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. GuyinVA

    What in the world are soldiers doing working for a political campaign, and what authority do they have to handcuff anyone?

    October 26, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. they call me "tater salad"

    Not surprised at all.............There must be something in the moose meat up there in Alaska.......Stevens, Palin and now this bozo.......You stay classy Alaska!

    October 26, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. John

    So here's the future: the Republicans will be using soldiers to rough up unsympathetic reporters. And Republican voters, like those here on this list, will be cheering them on.

    October 26, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. Jack likes facts

    CNN: Heads Up!

    The issue is bigger than moonlighting. The issue is active duty service members working for a political campaign.

    Active duty members of Armed Services are not allowed to actively participate in political events.

    That's a fact, Jack.

    October 26, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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