The newspaper's Chad Livengood made the request as part of his ongoing investigation into a possible coverup of information about an e. coli infestation at the Lake of the Ozarks.
At first, a terrorism exemption was stated, but since Livengood is an unlikely terrorist, the administration was the object of much ridicule, so now it is on to that old standby, security reasons:
"Based on their training and experience, the Capitol Police has consistently held that the release of security system video will impair its ability to protect the safety of persons and property at the State Capitol Complex," DPS Legal Counsel Michael Bradley wrote to the News-Leader.
Capitol Police is concerned that "allowing the viewing of the video security system will reveal possible exploitable weaknesses in the video security system," Bradley wrote.
Or perhaps an examination of the video would reveal "possible exploitable weaknesses" in the Nixon administration's version of what went down with top DNR officials.