Ken Krayeske apparently was placed on a previously unknown "list of potential threats" by Governor Rell, for his alleged acts of blogging and heckling.
Mark Pazniokas wrote an article in today's Hartford Courant, which said in part:
His lawyer says Krayeske apparently came to the attention of state police by heckling Rell during a campaign stop in Glastonbury last year over her refusal to debate his candidate, Clifford Thornton."Heckling", as far as I know, is one of our Constitutionally protected freedoms.
OK, maybe not "heckling" per se, which isn't specified, along with "jeering", "laughing", "badgering", "pestering", and "taunting"; but the general, all-inclusive freedom to express one's opinion is clearly protected by the Bill of Rights.
More recently, he ridiculed Rell on two websites.Oh, he was heckling AND ridiculing the governor! OK, we better round up all those dangerous, snarky bloggers.
"Hey, tickets to see the Fairy Godmother turn herself into Cinderella are only $150," he wrote this week.
Uh...wait a minute...if online snark is against the law, then I'm headed for the gas chamber!
"Are there little circles of law-enforcement officers who have lists of who is naughty and who is nice?" asked Krayeske's lawyer, Norm Pattis. "What is the criteria for inclusion?"Heckling and ridiculing, apparently. No need to answer that question. It's obvious that these "lists" do exist. God help us all!
A Hartford police report released Friday by Krayeske says that state police had given them photographs of activists who might be "possible threats" to Rell, including Krayeske, a free-lance journalist and anti-war protester who managed the Green Party's gubernatorial campaign.Which is fine, if there are actual, credible threats out there. But it's absolutely wrong to use politically-motivated revenge as a justification for grabbing and arresting an online journalist who is just trying to get a photo of the governor.
Lt. J. Paul Vance, a spokesman for the state police, declined to comment on how Krayeske came to the attention of the state police intelligence unit or a regional police clearinghouse mentioned in the report, the Connecticut Intelligence Center.
"We share intelligence. We share information," Vance said.
Spazeboy's got a detailed post loaded with good links, including Colin McEnroe's interview with Ken's attorney Norm Pattis, so check it out.