Huntington, WV (HNN) – Tom McCallister has been a thorn in the side of many city administrations. In fact, one mayor had him removed from council chambers, only to then lose a first amendment federal court suit filed by the victim of the removal. He’s been on the charter committee, served on council, patched up the former Olympic Pool, and pushed the patience of many a council chair during Good & Welfare.His "crime?" He may have said something on a local talk-radio call-in show. They wouldn't even tell him what the statement was.
However, around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, April 29, 2009, the ardent city loud-mouth and former independent candidate for Mayor of Huntington received an unwelcome and mostly unexplained visit: The F.B.I. and a U.S. Secret Service Agent.
Despite what he termed a “scary proposition,” he admitted he asked if they had “watched ‘24’ lately.”Welcome to the police state.
Declaring “free speech no longer there,” McCallister indicated everyone must “be careful what you say concerning Obama. They are really touchy.”