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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

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