Evidence of the breaker authoritarians on the march – for some, the right sort of authoritarians, obviously, the well-meaning ones, the righteous ones.
The court depository for this case, so continually updated (12 deposits Monday, six yesterday) – just do the NY State Supreme Court’s ‘captcha’ to reach it: http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/iscroll/SQLData.jsp?IndexNo=159745-2019
Respondent has refused to take any action to allow WBAI back on the air [page 2, my emphases]
Both this & the title quote, made “under penalty of perjury”, come from Arthur Schwartz. In this Pacifica case, he’s counsel & co-petitioner (the right sort of petition), & this was in his declaration to the NY State Supreme Court, Tu8Oct, p. 2, filed 6.28pm ET: https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/DocumentDisplayServlet?documentId=MismQ7u0AA82W5_PLUS_vdNPK7w==&system=prod
Schwartz also swore that,
Pacifica Foundation […] dismantled all of its [WBAI’s] computers and broadcasting equipment, removed the Emergency Alert System from its office (a device required to be operating if a station is going to broadcast), eliminated the WBAI General Manager’s ability to access the WBAI bank accounts, and disconnected the WBAI credit card processing account [pp. 1-2, my emphases]
The staff of WBAI re-entered the WBAI studios at 388 Atlantic Avenue, in Brooklyn, New York, shortly thereafter [10pm ET, Monday, with judge’s permission] and found the station office in shambles [p. 2, my emphases]
During the course of October 8, 2019, Respondent has refused to cooperate in restoring WBAI’s ability to broadcast. Instead, the station’s FM station (99.5 FM) and its website (wbai.org) are broadcasting a feed from something called ‘Pacifica Across America.’ [p. 2, my emphases]
Schwartz then spoke emphatically, & unequivocally:
By acting in this manner, Respondent is acting in contempt of Judge Nervo’s TRO. Respondent has refused to take any action to allow WBAI back on the air [p. 2, my emphases; Temporary Restraining Order]
That bears repeating, don’t you think?
Respondent has refused to take any action to allow WBAI back on the air
Schwartz drew the obvious conclusion:
Respondent, because of its behavior, should be held in contempt [p. 2]
Schwartz also, & remember this is late Tuesday afternoon, asked “the Court to direct:
a. Durst Broadcasting, LLC, which I represent hosts the WBAI broadcast antenna at 4Times Square, to restore control of the broadcast antenna to the WBAI Local Station Board of Directors and its Station Manager Berthold Reimers;
b. Hostgater.com, LLC, which I represent hosts WBAI.org, to restore control of the WBAI.org domain to the WBAI Local Station Board of Directors and its Station Manager Berthold Reimers;
c. JP Morgan Chase Bank, which I represent is the bank which receives contributions from WBAI listeners,to restore control of the following bank accounts tothe WBAI Local Station Board of Directors and its Station Manager Berthold Reimers: Account No. 117875510[,] Account No. 359801138[,] Account No. ending in 3449[,] Account No. ending in 4991; and
d. Google, Inc., which I represent hosts WBAI’s email account,to restore control of WBAI’s Gmail account ending in @wbai.org to the WBAI Local Station Board of Directors and its Station Manager Berthold Reimers [pp. 2-3]
Oh, dear, sworn testimony, made “under penalty of perjury”. Sworn testimony declaring that Pacifica’s IED is throwing IED’s, not just at the court but at the Pacifica members, Pacifica staff, & Pacifica listeners. IED Vernile is behaving as IEW Vernile, Interim Executive Wrecker.
Plus all the charitable funds – the members’ subs & the listeners’ donations – paying for all this mayhem & repeated court appearances.
Question is, in the spirit of accountability, transparency, & decency, who were the bright sparks within the Pacifica National Board who thought this wrecker was the right guy to have until 31Jan2020, when his six-month contract expires?
Who’s going to stand up & take responsibility for letting this IED into ‘the Pacifica fam’?
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