US Gov Hiding Surveillance Footage From January 5th

The chaos of January 6th was many things.

One thing it wasn’t was a “violent insurgency,” as our propaganda media, Democrats, and even some members of the GOP establishment have repeatedly claimed.

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No Trump supporters were “loaded,” in fact, the Capitol Police were the only ones who were armed, and one of them shot and killed a Trump supporter named Ashli Babbitt, who will not be charged with a crime and will not be identified. At function, there is a two-tiered justice system.

I know you’ve seen a lot of video clips from the January 6th event online, but they aren’t “official” videos from all of the cameras outside and inside the Capitol. Clips from people’s cellphones are what you’ve been watching.

The government, however, has hours and hours of video footage of the event, according to a brilliant new piece from American Greatness, and they’re hiding it from public view with all the passion they can muster.

Almost all of the footage seen by the public on January 6 comes from social media users and journalists on the scene, according to journalist Julie Kelly of American Greatness. Take, for instance, the commonly watched video.

However, the Capitol Police, along with government attorneys and federal judges, has thousands of hours of real-time video in its possession, and the department is using every legal trick in the book to keep the cache secret from the public, even as recordings are used in court as evidence against hundreds of January 6 defendants.

The building is monitored 24/7 by a “extensive system of cameras” located both inside and outside the building, as well as near other congressional offices on the grounds, according to an affidavit filed in March by Thomas DiBiase, the Capitol Police department’s general counsel.

Between noon and 8 p.m. on January 6, the machine recorded more than 14,000 hours of footage;

Select clips from Capitol Police were also created for Democratic House impeachment managers to use in the trial against Donald Trump.

However, Capitol Police claim that making all of the tapes accessible to defense lawyers, let alone the general public, could lead to more abuse. DiBiase wrote on March 17 that “the Department has serious issues with the release of some of its footage to defendants in the Capitol attack cases unless protections are in place to prevent its copying and dissemination.”

The Department of Justice has classified many of the clips as “extremely sensitive,” and is seeking protective orders to limit how the surveillance video is used by defense attorneys.

The government is frantically trying to ensure that clips are never copied, downloaded, shared, or repeated.

As you might remember, two Trump supporters allegedly sprayed Officer Sicknick in the face with pepper spray, resulting in his death. That was after we learned that Trump supporters had used a fire extinguisher to kill the officer. Both of these tales were untrue. Journalists, on the other hand, were the ones who pushed the government to release the “pepper spray” video, and when they did, it went viral.


Margaret Taylor

Experienced communications professional with 10 years of experience in international journalism.

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