Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bootlicker of the Week? ::: Lisa Derrick: NEA "Scandal": Secretly Taped Conversation Appears to Have Violated State Laws

Don't you love how she put the word "scandal" in quotes? I'm sure she also hates the way that ACORN was busted by being secretly taped. (Of course that's really the only way to nab the roaches... quick snaps before they scatter.)

I really wish Bush would have tried a similar tack... have artists associated with taxpayer-funded organizations promote private social security accounts and war. She really would have questioned the legality of the phone taping capturing any such evidence, I'm sure.

Filmmaker and art community consultant Patrick Courrielche has made a quite a splash on conservative talk shows by releasing audio clips and transcripts of a conference call that occurred August 10. The purpose of call, which was attended by artists, NEA staff, White House Office of Public Engagement and members of United We Serve, was to discuss engaging communities in the ideas of service, health care, education, and energy and the environment through the use of art.

But he has not been been forthcoming about how he came to have the recorded conversations, which may be a way of invoking his right to self-protection, since recording that call was illegal in several states where the participants are based.

ABC News reports that Courrielche "secretly recorded" the call.

Courrielche's business is listed in Los Angeles, California; the business has a Los Angeles-based phone number. At least fifteen of the participants were calling in from California, which has very strict eavesdropping and communication interception laws, stating that all parties on the call must be informed and aware that the call is being recorded.

Three participants were from Pennsylvania and three from Illinois, states which have laws similar to California's.

Again no one asked for consent to record the call nor was consent given. To secretly record a conference call and then disseminate the information is clearly reprehensible and unethical at a minimum. It is an "ends justifies the means" mentality and a cavalier approach to the law that marked the practices of the previous administration. Whether Courrielche will be prosecuted for violating California law remains to be seen, but committing a crime in pursuit of exposing what possibly, just maybe, could be some kind of a violation is no small thing.

No offense Lisa, and sorry... but if we're paying for it we have a right to know what the hell we're paying for. Period.

Keep America Riefenstahl-free. Thanks.

(Besides according to this article in the L.A.Times, 'it is not illegal to record "a public gathering or in any legislative, judicial, executive or administrative proceeding open to the public, or in any other circumstance in which the parties . . . may reasonably expect that [they] . . . may be overheard or recorded."')

HuffPo: Lisa Derrick: NEA "Scandal": Secretly Taped Conversation Appears to Have Violated State Laws

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