Fascism is Coming to the U.S.A.

by Ben Hoffman

WASHINGTON — In a stunning break with First Amendment policy on Capitol Hill, House Republicans directed Capitol Hill police to detain a highly regarded documentary crew that was attempting to film a Wednesday hearing on a controversial natural gas procurement practice. Republicans also denied the entrance of a credentialed ABC News news team that was attempting to film the event.

Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Gasland” was taken into custody by Capitol Hill police this morning, along with his crew, after Republicans objected to their presence, according to Democratic sources present at the hearing. The meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment had been taking place in room 2318 of the Rayburn building. Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, is currently seeking to secure a procedural maneuver that would allow the detained film crew to re-enter the hearing, which is open to the public. Miller’s motion is not expected to succeed.

Approximately 16 officers entered the hearing room and handcuffed Fox amid audible discussions of “disorderly conduct” charges, according to Democratic sources present at the arrest.

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4 Comments to “Fascism is Coming to the U.S.A.”

  1. Wait, I thought it was here already.

  2. It is here already, Frank. Sensible, decent people have their work cut out for them. The task at hand is to get more people to see it for what it is. Open more eyes.
    Ben, I like the “14 elements of Fascism”, and would like to reblog it on Desertdogmeh.

  3. Cool,… thanks. I’ll throw it on there.
    Keep up the good work.

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