This is a response to my post from last night that included an embedded video from the recent ANC 5D special meeting as well as an open letter from other commissioners and a "press release" issued by Ms. Henderson. In that post I explain what goes on in the video and why I support the choice of a group of ANC 5D commissioners to hold off on participating in the ANC Security Fund until they are able to review the necessary financial records for ANC 5D. The ANC Security Fund is a vitally important thing and no one wants to abstain from participating in it. They just want to see the books first. I stated before that I was initially caught off guard by the vote, but understood the actions of those commissioners once they were able to explain their reasoning.
I wasn't caught off guard by being identified as a former ANC (I was a public official, after all) and a ton of people know that I write Frozen Tropics. I've been interviewed in various publications (including the Washington Post) about it and my photo has appeared in some of those stories.
Comm. Henderson then goes on to assert two things:
1. People need permission to record ANC meetings. This is not the case. It's well-established that public ANC meetings (not the Committee of the Whole meetings) are public and can be filmed. No one needs special permission from Ms. Henderson or anyone else to film those meetings and post them on YouTube.
2. These videos are edited. I'm not sure where this idea even comes from. The first two videos only show portions of an ANC 5D meeting, but from what I'm told this is because they only turned on the cameras once Ms. Henderson's actions became questionable. Before that they had no indications that filming the meeting would serve any purpose. They filmed the entire next meeting because of Ms. Henderson's actions at the prior meeting. These recordings run straight through and there is no indication that any of them have been edited. Ms. Henderson doesn't say what prompts her claims that the videos were edited.
The other posts containing videos appear here and here.