The establishment improperly shuts down the SCC meeting to avoid transparency.Submitted by davidvernerinc on Sun, 09/23/2012 - 16:43
The video I have posted bellow was shot at the September 22, 2012 Alaska Republican Party SCC Meeting. The meeting was shut down before any business was done. Why was it shut down? Simple I was standing up for my legal rights as an SCC voting member and Alaskan Citizen. I refused to remove myself or my cameras from the meeting despite the intimidation that was directed at me. They couldn’t legally remove me despite voting to block my recordings and me standing up for my legal rights under the Alaskan wiretap laws which is a one party consent law.
I have done past recordings of meetings including the convention with no problem until last month when I tried to record the SEC meeting openly while attending it. They didn’t like the fact I had been documenting the meetings at this point and successfully blocked me from recording all of that meeting (probably because I press charges against the state chair for rules violations a month prior which they thrown out for a BS reason). Despite this they didn’t contact me before the next SCC meeting asking me not to record or work out a deal with the recordings.
If you look at the video’s last 30 minutes which is actually the important part of the meeting where they moved very quickly to dealing with me recording the meeting. It’s interesting how they came at me guns a blazing trying to shut me down. During the entire process I reflected upon what I learned in the military which is when your first engaged bunker down and hold your ground until you can figure out the situation and react accordingly. I effectively held my ground winning the debate with the man in the suit and blue shirt, when he started the name calling by calling me “not a real republican” but “a revolutionary.” (That man has a past history of twisting words, rules, and laws that he spouts.)
They moved to a recess in order to figure how to deal with me since I wouldn’t back down. I had various people come up requesting me to leave, stop recording, liking my actions, name calling, and a poor confused hotel staffer trying to figure out I needed to be removed. I did have a few good conversations with some people debating the issue. Then they called the meeting to order and adjourned the meeting improperly.
Fallowing the meeting I had people coming up and blamed for the reason the meeting was adjourned even when I voted against ending the meeting. I had some one go off on me wearing my winter boots to the meeting and a few other small things directed at me.
A few more reasonable people I had discussions with made a request that I start the effort of a compromise. I told them I didn’t expect it to go far but I stood up and attempted to start a process of dialog to come to a compromise but was promptly shoot down. I sat back down and told them that at least I tried.
Ask yourself why was it so important to shut down this meeting to prevent any kind of actions to take place at the SCC?
This meeting’s primary focus was supposed to cover the issue of left over business from the improper shutdown of the state convention. Couldn’t they just cover those issues and not talk about their supposed strategies until later and/or worked something out with me?
Since I refused to budge on the issue, couldn’t they came at me in a diplomatic way and come to a compromise about the issue of me recording? After the adjournment I did offer to open dialog to make a compromise.
TL:DR They shut down the SCC meeting to avoid transparency by my cameras.
The full meeting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JqOmtIJtvY#t=40m30s
My attempt at compromise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnsyalWlGgM
Note: He has sent out forgery minutes claiming that they were from the secretaries.
Other key footage focusing around the meeting:
Assemblyman's speech cut short because the chairman didn't like where it was going: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgR0Q1jWZrs
The bunny boats conversation: