‘Gasland’ filmmaker accuses House panel of ‘thuggery’

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, February 2, 2012 22:12 EDT
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Josh Fox, the director of the Oscar nominated film Gasland, blasted the House Science Committee on Thursday after being arrested for trying to film a hearing.

He had tried to record a subcommittee hearing regarding groundwater contamination in Wyoming caused by fracking.

“This access used to be granted quite regularly when the Democrats ran the House,” he told The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur.

Fox did not have proper media credentials and after refusing to turn off his camera, he was handcuffed and removed by Capitol Police at the request of Rep. Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican.

“This isn’t government, this is thuggery,” Fox said.

“They threw out John Boehner’s promise of transparency in Congress in handcuffs with me yesterday. They threw out the First Amendment and they threw out the Constitution. And now they’re paying for it. I was arrested because oil and gas exerts influence on Congress, and that is not democracy.

Watch video, courtesy of Current TV, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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