Hinckley hearing focuses on whether he has interest in books on assassination
A Secret Service agent who secretly was watching presidential assailant John Hinckley Jr. in a Williamsburg, Virginia bookstore said he got "goose bumps" when he realized Hinckley briefly had looked at a shelf of history books that included some dealing with presidential assassination.
Agent Jason Clickner testified Monday at a federal court hearing on whether Hinckley should be allowed increased visitation time away from a government mental hospital and whether he should eventually be released as a permanent out-patient.
Clickner told the court he was assigned to do covert surveillance of Hinckley on October 16, 2011. Hinckley visited a Barnes and Noble bookstore in Williamsburg, where he travels 10 days each month to visit his mother. During those trips, he is allowed a few hours of free time when he is not accompanied by his mother or anyone else. But testimony has shown the Secret Service frequently is watching.
Clinckner said Hinckley became "momentarily fixated" on a specific shelf of books although he did not stop to pick any up to leaf through.
1. Hmm... I do not think he should be let out at all, but ...
what is the problem with him glancing at book titles for 15 to 20 seconds?
Hell I used to be a bookaholic and would spend HOURS per day looking at all the titles of books at my FIVE local Half-Price Books stores.
I would guess that he is probably curious to know what is written about him in those books, but he didn't even pick any of the books up - and only TWO of the books on that self even dealt with assassination.
I'm sure that Casey Anthony is Google'ing like crazy reading every thing that has been written about her and watching all the YouTube videos of herself.
And why the heck has it been reported that Agent Clickner was doing covert surveillance - now that that is out in the news Hinckley will be careful of every move he makes in the future.