The government is really going all out to make sure these videos don’t see the light of day
The January 6th melee was a lot of things.
One thing it wasn’t was an “armed insurrection” as we’ve been told time and time again from our propaganda media, Dems, and even some of the GOP establishment.
No Trump supporters were “armed,” as a matter of fact the only people who were armed were the Capitol Police, and one of them shot and killed a Trump supporter by the name of Ashli Babbitt, and he will not be charged with a crime, and he won’t be identified either. Two-tier justice at work.
I know you’ve seen a lot of video clips from the January 6th event – but what you’ve watched online are not “official” videos from all the cameras outside and inside the Capitol. What you’ve been watching are clips from people’s cell phones.
But according to a brilliant new piece from American Greatness, the government has hours and hours of video footage of the event, and they’re hiding it from public view with every bit of passion they can muster.
Journalist Julie Kelly reported for American Greatness that almost all the January 6 video seen by the public isn’t from official government sources but by social media users and journalists on the scene. For example, the widely viewed footage of protestors occupying the Senate chamber was recorded by a New Yorker journalist.
But thousands of hours of real-time footage is in the hands of the Capitol Police—and that agency, along with government lawyers and federal judges, is using every legal trick possible to keep the trove hidden from the public even as clips are presented in court as evidence against hundreds of January 6 defendants.
According to an affidavit filed in March by Thomas DiBiase, the Capitol Police department’s general counsel, the building is monitored 24/7 by an “extensive system of cameras” positioned both inside and outside the building as well as near other congressional offices on the grounds.
The system captured more than 14,000 hours of footage between noon and 8 p.m. on January 6; the archive was made available to two Democratic-controlled congressional committees, the FBI, and the D.C. Metropolitan Police department. (After a request by Congress, the agency reportedly handed over footage from the entire 24-hour period.)
Capitol Police also produced selective clips for Democratic House impeachment managers to use in the trial against Donald Trump.
But Capitol Police argue that making all the tapes available to defense attorneys —let alone to the American public—could provoke future violence. “The Department has significant concerns with the release of any of its footage to defendants in the Capitol attack cases unless there are safeguards in place to prevent its copying and dissemination,” DiBiase wrote March 17. “Our concern is that providing unfettered access to hours of extremely sensitive information to defendants who already have shown a desire to interfere in with the democratic process will . . . [be] passed on to those who might wish to attack the Capitol again.”
The government is really going all out to make sure these videos don’t see the light of day.
In many cases, the DOJ has listed the clips as “highly sensitive” and is trying to get protective orders to control how the surveillance footage is used by defense attorneys.
The government is desperate to make sure clips will never be copied, downloaded, shared, or reproduced.
If you’ll recall, at one point we were told that two Trump supporters sprayed Officer Sicknick in the face with pepper spray, which led to his death. That was after we were also told that Trump supporters beat the officer to death with a fire extinguisher. Neither of these stories was true. But it was journalists who put pressure on the government to release the “pepper spray” video, and when they did, it became very clear that what they told us and what actually happened were two totally different things.
But folks, it’s not just January 6th footage we can’t see…It’s January 5th – the day before the s0-called “insurrection” that we can’t see as well.
The secret video archive of January 6 isn’t the only recording under scrutiny. It’s also unclear whether Capitol Police kept the footage from January 5. DiBiase said surveillance video is routinely deleted after 30 days; only a “very limited” number of clips from January 5 were given to the U.S. Attorney in D.C., the office handling the massive investigation.
It would be very convenient for the Capitol Police—no objective party in this saga since it launched the lie about Sicknick’s death—to purge footage from January 5 so defense attorneys and the public cannot see what sort of activity took place the day before the “insurrection.”
So what, exactly, is the government trying to hide? How can activity inside and outside a public building be considered “highly sensitive?” In response to a Freedom of Information Act filing by Judicial Watch, Capitol Police told the group the recordings are not “public records.” But of course they are. A security system controlled by a federal agency in a public building paid for by taxpayers to conduct the public business of public officials is most certainly a public record.
Even if legal loopholes allow for such an exemption, the greater public interest should supersede any technicalities. Major parts of the original narrative already have fallen apart, including the story that officer Sicknick was murdered by Trump supporters and the myth it was an “armed insurrection”; the full account of what prompted the killing of Ashli Babbitt by an unidentified Capitol cop is still unknown.
And the question many people have is “why not?” Why can’t we see what our government was doing on January 5th – the day before? What are they hiding from us?
The piece goes on to say that there’s only one logical reason that the US government doesn’t want the public to see these videos: It will contradict their narrative.