Friday, November 30, 2007

Campaign staff held hostage at Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire office

Hostage-taker at Clinton office gives up - Yahoo! News:

"I need to speak to Hillary Clinton," CNN quoted him as saying. "Something's got to change. Ordinary people need help" with their insurance.

According to police, Eisenberg walked into the office around 1 p.m. and peeled back his jacket to reveal what appeared to be a bomb duct-taped to his chest. He took several hostages, but immediately let a woman with an infant go.

The network described Eisenberg as "well-spoken, articulate and impassioned about his cause" but increasingly agitated. His third phone call was laced with profanities, CNN said.

"Eisenberg made local headlines in March when he held a news conference on the steps of Rochester City Hall to complain about a police policy of placing fliers in unlocked cars warning motorists to lock their doors. 'This is nothing more than a gimmick to get around the Constitution and go around in the middle of the night upon unsuspecting citizens in their own yard and search their vehicles,' he said at the time. Police, who said they were just trying to reduce theft from motor vehicles, changed the policy in response."

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