Today's topic at my blog "Resurgence" on BigThink.com:
Tea Party Candidate Handcuffs Member Of The Fourth Estate
There is no communist or socialist ideology that is as poisonous as the one held by radical Republicans these days. No fascism as insidious as the warped political creed that drove Alaska senate candidate Joe Miller to hire the kind of private security team who operates as if it has the right to take the law into its own hands. The fantasies Miller has foisted on the Alaskan public about his past life are unraveling before his very eyes, making his own calls for more personal responsibility and accountability in government look exactly like the hollow platitudes that charlatans and imposters often hide behind.
Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger was handcuffed by security guards at a Joe Miller town hall event Sunday afternoon. Hopfinger says he approached Miller to ask questions, but was arrested for half an hour until police arrived. According to Hopfinger, Miller’s security team pushed him and he pushed back because he felt his personal space was being invaded. He says guards detained him and accused him of trespassing, although the town hall was a public event held at Central Middle School, a public building.
“At some point I was suddenly surrounded by more guys, more security guards I guess,” Hopfinger said. “They were kind of putting their chest into me, and at one point I put my chest in too -- it got to be too much.” Hopfinger says the incident escalated so fast he barely remembers what happened, and that next thing he knew he was in handcuffs.
The Alaska Dispatch is one of several news organizations suing for access to Miller's employment records at the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Miller worked at the FNSB as a part-time attorney from 2002 to 2009.
Miller security handcuffs journalist at town hall
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