REPORTER ARRESTED ON ORDERS OF GIULIANI PRESS SECRETARY
Wed Jun 6, 2007 00:37
 

Aaron Dykes aaron@infowars.com

REPORTER ARRESTED ON ORDERS OF GIULIANI PRESS SECRETARY
Charged with Criminal Trespass Despite Protest of CNN Staff and
Official Event
Press Credentials at GOP Debate in New Hampshire

Aaron Dykes & Alex Jones / Jones Report | June 5, 2006
http://www.jonesreport.com/articles/050607_reporter_arrested_giuliani_orders.html

Manchester, NH - Freelance reporter Matt Lepacek, reporting for
Infowars.com, was arrested for asking a question to one of Giuliani's
staff members in a press conference. The press secretary identified
the New York based reporter as having previously asked Giuliani about
his prior knowledge of WTC building collapses and ordered New
Hampshire state police to arrest him.

Jason Bermas, reporting for Infowars and America: Freedom to Fascism,
confirmed Lepacek had official CNN press credentials for the
Republican debate. However, his camera was seized by staff members
who shut off the camera, according to Luke Rudkowski, also a
freelance Infowars reporter on the scene. He said police physically
assaulted both reporters after Rudkowski objected that they were
official members of the press and that nothing illegal had taken
place. Police reportedly damaged the Infowars-owned camera in the
process.

Reporters were questioning Giuliani staff members on a variety of
issues, including his apparent ignorance of the 9/11 Commission
Report, according to Bermas. The staff members accused the reporters
of Ron Paul partisanship, which press denied. It was at this point
that Lepacek, who was streaming a live report, asked a staff member
about Giuliani's statement to Peter Jennings that he was told
beforehand that the WTC buildings would collapse.

Giuliani's press secretary then called over New Hampshire state
police, fingering Lepacek.



Though CNN staff members tried to persuade police not to arrest the
accredited reporter-- in violation of the First Amendment, Lepacek
was taken to jail. The police station told JonesReport.com that
Lepacek is being charged with felony criminal trespass. Multiple
witnesses on the scene reported that the state police were also heard
discussing charges of espionage.

Wearing a webcam at a press event is not an act of espionage. Alex
Jones, who was watching the live feed, witnessed Lepacek announce
that he was wearing a camera connected to a laptop that was
transmitting the press conference live at approximately 9:20 EST.
When Lepacek announced that he was broadcasting live, Giuliani staff
members responded by getting upset at his questions and ordering his
arrest.

Freedom to Fascism reporter Samuel Ettaro was also dragged out after
asking a question on Giuliani's ties with Cintra and Macquerie, two
foreign contractors involved with the contentious Trans-Texas
Corridor under development in Texas.

The entire incident took place in a large press auditorium, apart
from the debate stages where authorized media were able to question
candidates and their handlers.

Since when do campaign operatives have the power to order state
police to arrest someone on false charges or arbitrate who has the
right to conduct journalism, a right guarded by the Constitution?

A warning to the press-- if candidates or police don't like your
questions, you could be arrested for trespassing and even espionage
in the new Orwellian America.

The state police in Goffstown, New Hampshire, where the arrest was
made, confirmed that Lepacek is in custody on charges of criminal
trespass. Police said information on who filed the trespass complaint
was not yet available and would be filed in the police report.

It is clear from talking to multiple eyewitness, as well as the live
webcam, that there could not have been a complainant who originated
police action, because it happened spontaneously. The police need to
be very careful about violating the Bill of Rights and falsely
charging someone with a felony crime. This constitutes extreme
official oppression and is a total violation of the reporter's civil
rights. It would have been bad enough if the reporter would have just
been thrown out, but to arrest him when he had a valid press pass and
CNN protested his arrest is an outrage.

The arrest-- which clearly violated the First Amendment-- was
recorded from two separate camera angles, including a live feed
recorded remotely-- so the episode is on record in the event that
police destroy or lose tapes seized from Lepacek in attempt to
obfuscate the facts of the incident.

If you doubt that police would assault reporters, seize video
equipment and act on political orders, then consider the experience
Alex Jones had when Texas state troopers arrested him for asking
George W. Bush a question during a press conference while he was
governor. See video below.

Reporters Matt Lepacek and Luke Rudkowski, both members of
WeAreChange.org, as well as freelance reporters for Infowars.com,
have also been previously accused-- falsely-- of being terrorists
with bombs and have undergone multiple episodes of harassment during
peaceful demonstrations and attempts at exercising the right of free
press.

Luke Rudkowski and Jason Bermas contributed to this report.

 

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