[Note: This disturbing story is unfolding, and the post below is my attempt to put some of the pieces together in one place. Christine Stuart at CTNewsJunkie, Maura at MyLeftNutmeg, CTBlogger at ConnecticutBLOG, Genghis and the gang at Connecticut Local Politics, CT Bob of ConnecticutBob, Colin McEnroe of WTIC 1080AM and the Hartford Courant, and Mark Pazniokas of the Hartford Courant are all following this story as well]
Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s world is a scary one, in which people get arrested for doing what I did all last year–taking pictures or video at public political events.
Ken Krayeske rode his bike out in front of the parade, camera gear in tow, and hopped off to take some pictures of Rell and was promptly arrested. CTNewsJunkie reports (emphasis added):
A freelance journalist, who has worked on political campaigns, was arrested by Hartford Police Wednesday as he took photos of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s inaugural parade in downtown Hartford.
Krayeske was given an eyebrow raising $75,000 bond and taken to state lockup on Lafayette Street.
Krayeske didn’t make bond, but nonetheless was released at 1 a.m. on a promise to appear in court Friday. Pattis speculated this afternoon that they held his client until the last glass of champagne was poured at the governor’s inaugural ball.
I looks to me like Krayeske was arrested because his name and photograph were on a list provided to state police, presumably containing the names and photos of other known protestors.
I am trying to stay with this story as I do the show. I now have the police report on the arrest of Ken Krayeske. The information about him seems to have come, at least partly, from the Connecticut Intelligence Center, a creature of Homeland Security.
Krayeske’s attorney, Norm Pattis spoke to McEnroe on the radio this afternoon:
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Just when you thought that this story wasn’t absurd enough, here’s what Mark Pazniokas reports in the Courant:
More recently, [Krayeske] ridiculed Rell on two web sites.
“Hey, tickets to see the Fairy Godmother turn herself into Cinderella are only $150,” he wrote this week.
Last month, he posted on another site. “Whose going to protest the inaugural ball Jan. 3 with me? No need to make nice after watching this documentary,” Krayeske wrote, referring to an examination of the troubled state juvenile training center.
Genghis Conn of Connecticut Local Politics has identified the source of the second quote (“Who’s going to protest…”) as coming from his own site.
So not only is there an enemies list being used to detain Connecticut citizens who are known to disagree with Rell, apparently the internet postings of people on the list are being carefully monitored…unfuckingbelievable.
Update: Aldon sends out a letter to Sen. Andrew McDonald, chair of the Senate Judiciary committee. I recommend sending out a letter to your own state rep and state senator, and perhaps CC’ing McDonald.