Huffington Post is reporting the arrest yesterday morning of Josh Fox, who produced Gasland
, a documentary about the environmental risks of oil and gas operations, who was attempting to film at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Republicans objected to him being in the hearing room, which is open to the public; the chairman of the subcommittee, Republican Andy Harris of Maryland, ordered the arrest. Democrats moved to allow Fox to stay, but Republicans voted him down. Fox, who is well regarded in the environmental and media communities, was led away in handcuffs by Capitol Hill police. Here’s the video:
Now, I have to say that I disagreed with much of Gasland, and believe some of his conclusions were not supported by the facts. However, I NEVER agree that politicians who disagree with a person trample his constitutional rights. He caused no disturbance, broke no laws. The Constitution was dealt as severe blow today, led by Republicans and aided by armed Capitol Hill police officers.
This is shameful, and I challenge anyone to argue that this action was acceptable.