In fact, according to a Sunshine Law request made by the Post-Dispatch, it was the Republican Party itself who requested Capitol security tapes in 2008 and was denied for the same security reasons. (In its original letter denying the tapes to the News-Leader, the Capitol police cited an anti-terrorism provision. The police later sent another letter changing the exemption to the same section — invoking security concerns — that has been cited in other denials of video tapes.)
Former GOP spokesman Paul Sloca requested video tapes of the area around the Capitol garage in January 2008, but the request was denied by Capitol Police.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Messenger: Blunt adminisration also denied surveillance tapes, citing terrorist law
In an article posted on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Political Fix, political reporter Tony Messenger points out the irony in the Missouri Republican Party's criticism of Gov. Jay Nixon for not turning surveillance tapes over to the Springfield News-Leader's Chad Livengood, since the previous governor, Republican Matt Blunt's administration, rejected a similar request...from the Missouri Republican Party... citing the same terrorism law: