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VA seizes reporter's tape - while doing a story on poor treatment by the VA

This a pretty remarkable story:

Last Tuesday night, [public radio reporter David Schultz] was covering a public event at the VA Hospital in Washington, D.C. While interviewing one of the veterans about the poor treatment he was receiving at the hands of the VA, [Gloria Hairston, an internal communications specialist with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs] demanded that Schultz stop recording the interview and hand over his recording equipment.

"She said I wouldn't be allowed to leave," Schultz tells WTOP.

At first he refused. But after being surrounded by armed police officers who stood between him and the exit, he looked for a compromise.

"I became worried that I was going to get arrested," Schultz says.

Schultz convinced Hairston that all she really needed to confiscate was the memory card to his recorder, rather than all of his equipme


Added: Apr-11-2009 Occurred On: Apr-7-2009
By: wet501
Tags: Veteran, VA, Reporter, rights, constitution, illegal, seizure
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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