This is a follow-up to yesterday’s story about the man who advised vice president Dick Cheney to “go fuck [him]self.” OpEdNews has an exclusive interview with Dr. Ben Marble, a young emergency room physician and resident of Gulfport. (thanks Mike N!)
Marble says his annoyance started with the difficulty of just getting back to his own home:
As Marble explains, he was driving to his destroyed house Sept. 8 in Gulfport, Ms., when military police refused to allow him to cross a barricade that was about 200 feet from his home. They forced him to drive an extra 20 minutes and spend even more on gasoline.
“Thanks to Dubya Gump and Mr. Cheney, gas is really expensive and extremely hard to get anywhere Katrina has destroyed,” Marble wrote. “So needless to say, I was extremely aggravated that they wouldn’t let me pass.”
Suddenly a long line of dark cars pulled up, and they honked at Marble to back up to let them through the barricade that supposedly no one could drive through. That only made Marble madder so he did what most of us would do — or at least consider doing.
“I waved a middle finger at the caravan,” Marble wrote.
He went down the street to find out just what the commotion was that was tangling up the recovery and found out it was Cheney giving a pep talk to FEMA and the press. What unfolded after the outburst at Cheney is remarkable :
“I had no intention of harming anyone but merely wanted to echo Mr. Cheney’s infamous words back at him,” Marble wrote. “At that moment, I noticed the Secret Service guys with a panic-stricken look on their faces, like they were about to tackle me, so I calmly walked away back to my former house.”
His friend videotaped a little bit longer and then came back to Marble’s house. As they were salvaging a few things from Marble’s home, two military police waving M-16’s showed up and said they were looking for someone who fit Marble’s description who had cursed at Cheney.
“I told them I was probably the person they were looking for, and so they put me in handcuffs and ‘detained’ me for about 20 minutes or so,” Marble wrote. “My right thumb went numb because the cuffs were on so tight, but they were fairly courteous and eventually released me after getting all my contact info. They said I had NOT broken any laws so I was free to go.”
Good to know that with the recovery of Katrina destruction going on, the government priority is to track down and intimidate some guy who cursed at the vice president.