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. CNN watcher

    Sarah sure knows how to pick 'em (....not).

    October 26, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Cpt. J

    Sleaze period.

    October 26, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Moosehead

    Handcuffing of reporter,... stomping on innocent bystanders,.. bringing baseball bats to Albany,... wanting to take reporters out,.. sounds like a repressive regime to me. Nice folks these Tea Baggers.

    October 26, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Hal

    Once again the TEA baggers reveal their true selves. Just like the Nazi Brown Shirts beating up people exercising their constitutional rights. Thugs and Cowards driven by greed and bigotry taking advantage of peoples fear!!

    October 26, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. sal from cal

    Hey, do you think we could handcuff Oberman, Maddow, Mathews,
    Blitzer, and Andersen next ? And maybe send them off to Venezuela
    or Cuba ?

    October 26, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    Miller is a nut case and hires more of his own kind, just like Sarah endorses others who are nut cases like herself!

    October 26, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Katie

    Welcome to tea bagger America – the ugly America.

    Funny, these folks claim to be constitutionalists. Perhaps instead of just carrying it, they should actually read it. On second thought, it's not funny, it's pathetic.

    October 26, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. pw

    These dummies should be court-martial. They violated UMCJ

    October 26, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Ted

    This is reminiscent of the old fascist movies of the 1940's and 50's.

    October 26, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. pw

    They also violated hatch act!!

    October 26, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. greg in jax

    using the military to gain control of a population... totalitarianism anyone?

    October 26, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Dan

    What is America coming to when men stand by and let a women be stomped by other men? This kind of behavior is far too
    indicative of what may happen in the country if a teabag is allowed to rein. They may not have been able to stop it in
    1930's Germany, but surely it should be nipped in the bud here.

    October 26, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. vs

    This is how the facist T party takes this country apart. It appeals to the three pillars of republican ideology; bigotry, greed and ignorance.

    October 26, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. EDDIE

    Typical t-party.Republicans are some weird people.Fear,hate,violence etc.Gee who does that sound like?Hmmm.Remember they want to take 'their" country back.

    October 26, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Lisa P

    Tea Partiers love love love the Constitution, but only the parts that let them do whatever they want, and only if those parts apply only to them.

    October 26, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. rs

    The Tea Party is the new American Nazi Party- intimidation, violence, guns and racism. Thanks, Republicans!

    October 26, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Well we know who is going to be spending the rest of their Army career cleaning out latrines in a blizzard...

    October 26, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. duke

    I just don't understand,it's like the twilight zone is real,
    well if this is what it feels like,I'm a scared".
    A man who has plans on taking away the same(social welfare)system that aided him and his family in their time of need is now a favorite in anybody's eyes is just beyond the imagination!

    October 26, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Cue the right wing trolls claiming this and the KY woman beating are actually liberal plots to discredit the patriotic tea party. I mean why should they attempt to grasp reality when delusion is so convenient?

    October 26, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. vette66


    These dummies should be court-martial. They violated UMCJ October 26, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm | >>>> How did they diolate the UCMJ? They weren't in uniform nor were they saying anything about being in the military. So are you saying that if you wear a military uniform you have lost your right to work, off duty and out of unifrom, for who you please. So the New Black Panthers can wear a military uniform, therefore giving the impression they are in the military, and carry clubs outside a poleing place and you are just fine with that. Darn, forgot they were for the democrats. Sorry, I questioned you on your reasoning.

    October 26, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. duke

    Very Clarence(uncle)Thomas EST of you joe miller!!

    October 26, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    How dare reporters ask questions??!!!! Their job is to repeat the propaganda of their corporate masters, not to think or question. Anyone who questions the oligarchy is a gay Mexican Muslim on welfare who loves terrorists and wants to kill babies. Have a nice day!

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

    Just what we need – more strong arming. This clown and his whole tea party need to relocate to some deserted island. Then they can rule however they want. PLEASE PEOPLE – see them for what they truly are. DO NOT let you frustration with what this Country is going through cloud your judgment and do not let them near Washington D.C. We've got enough problems already.
    Any candidate who says they are not going to answer any question put in front of them should not be allowed on a ballott.

    October 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Me

    I'll be attending a Tea Party event on Thursday. I don't believe in any of their nonsense but I want to see if anyone will brandish a Hitler/Obama sign or other tomfoolery. That's Thursday, 10/28 at 7pm cst should I never be heard from again, I want someone to know where I went!!!

    October 26, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. peter s

    Welcome to Neo Nazi! tactics, the tea baggers hide behind the constitution to cover their communist doctrination! they surely follow the communist manifesto! Lies and more lies! propaganda and more propaganda when caught lying!

    October 26, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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