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    >>> the army is getting involved in sarah palin 's associated book tour. ate associated press says military officials will keep the media from covering her appearances at fort bragg in north carolina on monday.

    >> right now the former alaska governor is in fort wayne , indiana act, a book store now auto graphic copies of her memoir, "going rogue." msnbc's norah o'donnell is going rogue in her own way, fort wayne , indiana .

    >> she does look very rogue.

    >> no, that is rouge.

    >> how is the army getting involved here?

    >> army officials will prevent the media from covering sarah palin 's appearance at fort bragg on monday. what they are saying and just found out, they feel the event will turn into political grandstanding against president barack obama , this coming from a fort bragg spokesperson, tom mccullum, who says the army officials decided to keep the media away from the north carolina base. the public will be able to go there those that want to get books from pail ten base. officials are saying they did not want the event to become a platform for palin supporters to express political opinions "directed against the commander in chief." so, again, a bit of controversy surrounding sarah page. a little bit of controversy. i'm sure sarah palin is not worried that the media will be prevented from covering her at fort hood . she is not a big fan of most of the media. there you go army officials concerned about that as you know, sarah palin on fox news channel and hannity the other night said that she thought the fort hood tragedy could have been prevented if the army had done more profiling because hasan, major hasan was, of course, muslim. so, there you have it. we are here at this event in fort wayne , indiana . it is one of two stops she is making in indiana today. this, the second battleground state she has hit at the beginning of her tour, more than 1500 people here, sold just about 2,000 books and signing books for more than two and a half hours now, expected about another half hour to sign books here and then going to another place here in indiana to sign more books and then on to ohio. she is selling quite a lot of books. she has chosen these cities, particularly small and medium-sized cities, a lot of supporters turning out, they really like her, they connect with her. back to you guys.

updated 11/19/2009 5:41:11 PM ET 2009-11-19T22:41:11

The U.S. Army plans to prevent media from covering Sarah Palin's appearance at Fort Bragg, fearing the event will turn into political grandstanding against President Barack Obama, officials said Thursday.

Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum told The Associated Press that the military post's garrison commander and other Army officials had decided to keep media away from Palin's book signing, which will not include a speech. He said the Army did not want the Monday event to become a platform to express political opinions "directed against the commander in chief."

"The main reason is to stop this from turning into a political platform," he said. "There are Army regulations that basically prohibit military reservations from becoming political platforms by politicians."

He said only one politician can use that platform, "and that person does it as our commander in chief."

Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, has already agreed not to give a speech at Fort Bragg, McCollum said. Officials said Palin will only sign her books at the event and will not stop to pose for photographs or personalize the books.

But McCollum worried that Palin's supporters might use the media to express political opinions from the sprawling military installation that serves as a base for some 35,000 soldiers.

"This will stop someone from grandstanding," he said. Other members of the public would be permitted to attend the event.

Palin's spokeswoman didn't immediately return an e-mail message seeking comment and a spokeswoman for Palin's publisher, HarperCollins, did not immediately return a call.

Palin began her promotional tour this week for a new memoir, "Going Rogue," with plans to travel through several states that were key to the 2008 election, including North Carolina. She made several stops in the state in 2008 while campaigning on the ticket of GOP presidential nominee John McCain.

McCollum said it's not clear if military officials consider Palin a politician but noted that she has been critical of Obama while promoting the book. She said in an interview with ABC News that Obama should provide more troops to Afghanistan.

"It frustrates me and frightens me — and many Americans — that President Obama is dithering around with the decision in Afghanistan," she said.

Palin doesn't appear to be using her book-signing events to explicitly promote her politics. She spoke briefly to supporters outside an event in Michigan on Wednesday, saying it was great to be there and not mentioning Obama.

At least one person in the crowd yelled: "Palin power. 2012, yes."

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