We know that there are FEMA camps, as well as jihadi training camps that the federal government refuses to do anything about since they’re not affiliated with “officially-designated” terror groups, y’see.
We’ll let you be the judge of what this may portend…
Back in July of this year, the news crew for an upstate New York NBC affiliate was threatened with arrest by state officials. It happened as they were working on a story about the historic Grant Cottage in Wilton where President Ulysses S. Grant spent his final days. The cottage is located on Mount McGregor near the correctional facility that’s scheduled to close this weekend.
Corrections employees who are still working at the empty prison made every attempt to stop reporter Mark Mulholland from doing his job. Mulholland says in more than 20 years in the business, he’s rarely encountered anything quite like this. Grant’s Cottage is located at the top of Mount McGregor. Wednesday was the 129th anniversary of Grant’s death there.
NewsChannel 13 shot some of the re-enactment Wednesday and Mulholland and his photographer were assigned to go back there Thursday to get some additional shots. As they were doing a piece on-camera, in the shadows of the empty Mount McGregor prison, a man who identified himself as a corrections lieutenant came speeding towards the crew in a car. Mulholland and photographer Matt Soriano spoke with the lieutenant.
“No filming,” said the officer, who identified himself as Lt. Dorn.
“We’re doing a story on Grant’s Cottage,” Mulholland tried to explain.
“It doesn’t matter,” the officer continued. After a few more exchanges he then said ,“You’re going to leave the mountain now.”
“You’re telling us we can’t visit a historic site?” Mulholland asked.
“No, you’re going to have to run that through Albany,” the officer replied, saying the news crew was on state ground.
“Look, I’m not going to go around with you on this. You’re going to leave the property,” the officer insisted.
On their way back down the mountain, as the news crew attempted to leave, Dorn had called the state police and ask them to detain the journalists and demanded their video.
“If I’m a member of the public, and I’m taking pictures of Grant’s Cottage, and there’s a facility right behind it,” Mulholland started to say before getting cut off.
“If we’re aware that facility is in the background, those photos will be confiscated,” the officer said.
Dorn told the crew if they didn’t hand over their video they would be arrested.
After roughly an hour and calls between newsroom leadership, state police, and the Department of Corrections, our crew was allowed to leave without surrendering the video.
The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision released a statement to NewsChannel 13 that read:
“We regret that this situation escalated, however the WNYT news crew blatantly disregarded a state officer who informed them they were trespassing. Department regulations state that photographs taken while on Prison property require prior permission. This policy is for the safety of all staff, visitors and prisoners.”
NewsChannel 13 said that their crew tried to leave the grounds and there are no prisoners at the facility.