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Hillary camp makes ‘everyday Americans’ turn in cell phones

Before meeting with some constituents at the end of her Iowa trip Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff used extreme secrecy measures that included confisicating the cell phones of attendees.

Not exactly the best way to get people to believe you are like them.

On the last leg of her “I’m just like you” Iowa campaign trip, the former secretary of state stopped to have coffee with local leaders in Council Bluffs, Iowa. But strict, strange security measures were enforced for the highly staged photo op.

Attendees told Business Insider that a high level of secrecy surrounded the event, including requiring those meeting Clinton to turn over their cellphones to campaign officials before the confab.

Staffers also issued dire warnings about leaks, and the group had to drive to undisclosed locations, according to Business Insider.

A local LBGT activist, Mike Yowell, said he was surprised when Democratic operative Troy Price asked him to sign a form upon his arrival.

“I get there, and the first thing he said was, ‘I need you to sign this release.’ And I said, ‘Why? Who’s going to be here?'” Yowell told Business Insider.

The release allowed the campaign to use footage of the event in a video released Friday, but attendees were barred from taking any of their own photos.

“I was so excited,” Yowell said. “But then they took our cellphones, and I was, like, ‘But I can’t call and tell anyone?’”

Pottawattamie County Democratic Party Chairwoman Linda Nelson said she thought the campaign had good reason for confiscating the phones.

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“I think they didn’t want us saying, you know, emailing our friends while were there,” she said. ”That place would have been mobbed.”

The measures got even more extreme when the guests were taken for a car ride.

“On the way, [Price] said, ‘We’re going to an undisclosed location in downtown Council Bluffs,’” Yowell recalled.

“They wouldn’t tell us,” Nelson added. “And then we parked about a block and a half away. And it was, like, where in the hell are we going?”

It all sounded more like a scene from “The Sopranos” than a meeting with a presidential candidate one Twitter user described as “just like everyday Americans.”

The Twitterverse had some fun mocking the “spontaneous” encounter.

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Carmine Sabia

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