by Scott Creighton (H/T CS)
I’m not exactly sure what this means but a reader sent me a link to a French publication, Le Figaro, which has an article about what appears to be an order demanding officials to erase all of the surveillance videos from the Nice attack which occurred on July 14th of this year.
They want officials to destroy not only the videos of the vehicle running through the crowd hitting all those pedestrians but apparently they want the earlier videos destroyed as well, the one showing what led up to the carnage. The preparation.
According to a quote from the article, this is the first time these specific French authorities have been asked to destroy evidence in an ongoing investigation.
The excuse they give for this dramatic and rather suspicious move is that they don’t want someone to leak any of the videos because “ISIS” might get a hold of them and use them for propaganda infomercials.
I have used Google Translate to come up with this very rough partial translation.
“Urgent legal requisition was sent to urban supervision center of Nice Wednesday, July 20 . The Paris evokes a desire to “avoid the uncontrolled dissemination of these images.”
Panic and misunderstanding for mayor of Nice. Wednesday at 11 am, the Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate ( SDAT ) sent to agents who manage video surveillance of the city requisition citing Articles 53 and L706-24 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Article R642-1 of the Penal Code erasure asking them “complete” 24 hours of images from six cameras named , numbered , but also of all the scenes from the beginning of the attack that took place on the promenade des Anglais, on the night of July 14 .
“What to stunning state agents of urban supervision center of Nice. “This is the first time we are asked to destroy evidence , says a source close to the dossier. The center of CCTV and the city of Nice could be prosecuted for this and also the officers in charge of the device does not have jurisdiction to engage in such operations. ”
The demand is all the more astonishing that the SDAT sent since last Friday servers to recover the 30,000 hours of CCTV related events. A backup operation that will extend even several days. ” We do not know if giving a destruction order while we are in full backup is not going to curtain the whole system ,” is are we concerned in the case entourage.
Contacted by Le Figaro, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed the information and said: ” this was done in this case to prevent the uncontrolled and uncontrolled dissemination of these images.” Regarding the national police, it is recalled that ” the thousand cameras in Nice, 140 had interesting elements of the investigation . The police recovered 100% of videos of them. PJ and prosecutors have asked to delete pictures of these 140 cameras to prevent malicious use of the latter for the sake of the dignity of the victims and to prevent the resumption of these images by jihadist websites at propaganda purposes . ” Finally, at the chancery , it is specified that the application of an erasure “complete” is explained by the inability to make partial destruction of such equipment” La Figaro via Google Translate
This is a very odd development. Are they saying they can’t trust their own employees not to leak videos of carnage to the press or some TMZ producer with a handful of cash? Very odd indeed.
Of course I can’t independently verify the story from Le Figaro.
Of course this does not mean the attack was faked. In Oklahoma City after the Murrah Building was attacked, the FBI ran around grabbing all the surveillance videos they could find. Same thing happened at the Pentagon on 9/11. But it does raise a lot of questions. Seems to me that someone doesn’t want a record of this event hanging around for too long.
Either that or they were tossing fake bodies out the back of that truck. I don’t know.
I will tell you one thing though, I haven’t seen many cell phone videos of the attack. There are the few first ones we all saw, but I haven’t seen as many as I thought I would considering how many affluent people were there when the attack happened.
Of course, that same oddity presented itself in the wake of the Bataclan attack and the Pulse nightclub attack as well.
Now this. The official CCTV videos being deliberately destroyed rather than locked up and kept on record.
Very odd. Very odd indeed.