WASHINGTON, DC – A new batch of January 6 Capitol footage was released at the order of a federal judge this week.
The footage is absolutely shocking, to no one at all. It all shows people walking around looking like tourists, albeit some of them are in areas they aren’t supposed to be in.
The order comes after prosecutors asked to not release any more videos from the Capitol’s closed-circuit video (CCV) system, claiming that doing so would be a “security risk.” Specifically, they said that releasing the footage would “compromise the security of the United States Capitol and those who work there.”
The prosecutors, on behalf of the government, further stated, “This footage, when combined with other footage from nearby cameras, could be used to track individual rioters moving through the building thereby creating a visual pathway which other bad actors could use in planning their breach point and pathway for future attacks.”
Prosecutors argued that “bad actors” could use the video to attempt an assault on the building.
The argument was, according to US District Chief Judge Beryl Howell, too speculative and its risk did not outweigh the benefit of public interest in viewing the footage. The judge also smartly determined that the footage to be released showed areas that anyone taking a public tour would be able to see.
It’s much more likely, of course, that the government didn’t want these videos released because it goes against the “insurrection” and “violence” narrative they’ve pushed.
The lawsuit was filed by several media outlets that said they wanted to be able to view and report on the footage that is the basis of charges filed and plea deals offered.
The videos covered about 15 minutes during the January 6 Capitol incident, from 2:25 pm to 2:40 pm in multiple locations inside the building.
Definitely looks worse than 9/11 https://t.co/Rwqnz2joMD
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 23, 2021
There is no audio on the footage, you can see more here.
In the decision, Judge Howell said, “Hundreds of cases have arisen from the events of January 6, with new cases being brought and pending cases being resolved by plea agreement every week. The public has an interest in understanding the conduct underlying the charges in these cases, as well as the government’s prosecutorial decision-making both in bringing criminal charges and resolving these charges by entering into plea agreements with defendants.”