Reporter arrested after Republican debate


Reporter arrested after Republican debate

Nick Juliano

Published: Wednesday June 6, 2007

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A reporter advancing 9/11 conspiracy theories in a heated exchange with advisers to Rudy Giuliani was arrested following Tuesday night's Republican debate.

Police in Goffstown, N.H., confirmed to RAW STORY that freelance reporter Matt Lepacek was arrested for trespassing following the debate at St. Anselm College in Goffstown. Lepacek was asking a Giuliani adviser about comments the former mayor made on ABC News on Sept. 11 that some say show he had foreknowledge that the World Trade Center would collapse.

Police refused to release more information about Lepacek's case prior to his first scheduled court appearance July 3.

Lepacek was reporting for, which advances theories about the government knowing in advance about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Lepacek claimed to have press credentials issued by CNN, which sponsored Tuesday's debate. A CNN representative in charge of issuing credentials did not immediately return a phone call or e-mail from RAW STORY seeking comment.

Reports on Lepacek's arrest first appeared on and the Jones Report.

Witnesses said Lepacek and another reporter were physically assaulted by police and their camera equipment was damaged, according to those reports, which also included video of Lepacek's confrontation with Giuliani staffers.

"If this were 10 years ago, they'd be throwing pies in our face," the Giuliani staffer says to other assembled reporters after Lepacek is dragged away.

The Matt Lepacek was a "protester" strawman

Matt Lepacek has been accused of being a protester and not a reporter. Matt clearly states to Giuliani's pollster, Ed Goeas, that he is asking questions, NOT making statements. Any statements that he made were of fact and served to further legitimize the questions being asked.

Watching the video again, I noticed how easily Goeas ordered the NH state police to do his bidding. Goeas didn't seem to feel any need to stress his reasons with the state police. Nor did the state police even question just who this was giving them the order. Think about it. How comfortable would you feel ordering state police officers to do your bidding. How swiftly do you think that these officers would respond to your orders, even if you were in a shirt and tie, too? I believe that Ed Goeas has ordered law enforcement to do his bidding many times in the past. He is much too comfortable to lack experience.

Everyone whom I have told about this incident has been aghast. The numbers generated at and the comments confirm the revullsion most Americans feel when they discover this story. The mainstream media not only burying but, covering up this story is reason enough for us all to keep it alive.

Ed Goeas and his ilk deserve more than pies in their faces. "Throw the book at 'em, Danno,"

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