After carefully watching some of the videos surrounding this incident, it seems to me that it has been blown way out of proportion. Judging strictly
from what I have seen, the incident arises not from an effort to suppress freedom of speech or the content of his (Meyers') questions, but rather
from the his blatant disregard for the rules of the program he is participating in.
It helps if you watch the OP's video and one from another angle, such as this: www.youtube.com...
To start off with, prior to the videos Meyers apaprently cut to the front of the question line and possibly cut off the questioner before him. Aside
from being extremely rude, that is a pretty flagrant breech of conduct. That he should even be allowed to ask his question(s) at all is hardly
assured; why should he be gratified for that sort of action? At any rate, he's on pretty thin ice already, and that explains the two security guards
behind him as well.
He winds up with the opportunity the speak. Maybe the decided to let him go instead of trying to remove him, maybe Kerry just addressed him before
they could decide what to do. At this point on the youtube video you see him at the mike, with the two officers behing him as well as a woman in a
pink dress and a suited man. The man in the suit has often been described as the "Kerry Handler," or government representative who hushes up Meyers
when he asks sensitive questions. I've never seen anything or anyone officially state his position, but judging from his close collusion with the
campus secuity guards and audio technician, as well the fact the it is a school run program, he is probably a school official moderating the
After Meyers has been speaking for about 25-30 seconds, the suited man (moderator?) speaks briefly to the female officer, who than then says something
to the effect of "get your question" to Meyers responds somewhat heatedly that he will ask his question, but he has to finish prefacing it first. At
about 2:38 in the OPs video, he resumes his speech, and at around 2:18 actually delivers a question. However, he keeps talking, in a more animated
manner, firing more questions, while Kerry tries to get a couple words in edgewise. (At one point Kerry asks him what his question is.) After Meyers
finishes his first question but continues speaking, the moderator once again speaks to the female officer, who apparently asks Meyers to finish up.
Meyers responds by saying that he is not only not finished, but has two more
Try and see this from the point of view of the moderator. This guy cuts to the front of the line, then, instead of asking a question he starts what
is clearly and fairly lengthy preplanned speech, when he asks a question he does not give Kerry a chance to answer, and when reminded that he should
let Kerry answer his question he snaps back that he's not finished and that he has two more questions. In effect, he has butted in, shown no respect
for the rules or operators of the forum, and hijacked it for his own ends. The moderator is not only fully justified in having him removed, its
basically his job to do so. This is not to say that Meyers questions themselves were at fault, they were good questions and I would have like to have
heard them answered, but his methods and delivery were grossly innappropriate.
The claims that Meyers was seized in response to his Skull and Bones comment also seem unfounded. The point at which the decision is made to cut off
Meyers is when the moderator turns to look off to the side ostensibly at the sound tech. In the youtube video this is at 1:29, about one second after
Meyers says the word "blowjob." By the time the moderator makes eye contact with sound tech and gives the cut gesture meyers has made the Skull and
Bones comment, but he started acted before it was said and before the moderator could have known it would be said.
[edit on 21-9-2007 by mastermindkar]