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Presidential Advance Manual Authorized Removal of Citizens

A couple arrested at a rally after refusing to cover T-shirts that bore anti-President Bush slogans settled their lawsuit against the federal government for $80,000, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Thursday. The couple were handcuffed and removed from the July 4, 2004, rally at the state Capitol, where Bush gave a speech.

The front of the T-shirts bore the international symbol for “no” superimposed over the word “Bush.” The back of the T-shirt said “Love America, Hate Bush.” On the back of the other T-shirt was the message “Regime Change Starts at Home.” Sources close to the case reported that a presidential advance manual tries to exclude dissenters from the president’s appearances. “As a last resort,” the manual says, “security should remove the demonstrators from the event.”

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