The Secret Service is stepping up screening protection for GOP presidential contender Ben Carson amid security concerns triggered by the ISIS terror attacks in Paris.
first reported, the retired pediatric neurosurgeon was assigned a Secret Service detail last month because online threats against Carson went "off the charts" after he made comments in September that he doesn't believe a Muslim should be president.
He later clarified his remarks, saying any Muslim who believed in Sharia law should be disqualified from serving in the Oval Office.
In a statement Monday from the Carson campaign, the new security requirements for journalists covering Carson on the campaign trail demand:
- Display of a "valid government issued ID with picture;"
- That equipment be in place "at least two to three hours" prior to any event, and that satellite trucks and equipment be cleared by the Security Service;
- That reporters without equipment show up at an event and be checked an hour beforehand.
After Carson was assigned the Secret Service
detail late last moth, he conceded he'd become a "target."
"I recognize that someone like me who is very truthful and who really doesn't subscribe to all the traditional power structures is probably gonna be a target," he said at a campaign event at that time.
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump also has been assigned a Secret Service detail.
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