Dennis Lennox, CMU Young Americans for Freedom President and the subject of some criticism in one of my previous posts (which I did later apologize for) has been in the news again. Here’s a link to his blog, where he has links to a news report talking about a CMU Dean assaulting him as he tried to videotape the release of information through the Freedom of Information Act: http://petersreport.blogspot.com/2007/10/media-covering-cmu-dean-assault.html
I am not going to discuss the background of the Peter’s Report, or Dennis’s actions, because I do not have enough background information at this point; however, it is CLEAR that he has been violated here.
- A public official simply cannot refuse a Freedom of Information Act request such as the one Dennis submitted.
- No matter WHAT (I don’t care if Dennis provoked her – which there is no proof of in any of the videos or news coverage), a public official has no right to swat at a student. Those offices are public property, and thus are open to the public.
In a recent development, CMU has banned the filming of Professor Gary Peters, an action which I find controversial at best. I know that cameramen and reporters can get annoying and intrusive (again, I am not saying that Dennis is guilty of either of these), but you cannot violate the freedom of press.
Although I don’t know enough about Dennis’s cause to chose a side, it is clear to me that his rights have been violated.