The Jan. 6 Video Cover-Up: Case of John Steven Anderson, by Michelle Malkin
Conceal and look for ought to be a video game for kids, not for callous feds. However here we are. An American person, innocent till tested guilty, is defending his flexibility versus a federal government juggernaut determined on framing him as a violent Jan. 6 insurrectionist. One vital secret to clearing his name, his legal representative argues, depends on 30 seconds of a Capitol security video that district attorneys don’t desire the general public to see.
John Steven Anderson, 61, stands implicated of “civil disorder,” “assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers,” “disruptive conduct” and other federal felonies associated with his existence in a Capitol tunnel where policeman pepper-sprayed pro-Trump marchers near the lower west balcony door. Anderson’s legal representative, Marina Medvin, has actually fought Swamp lawyers who have actually designated video of Anderson having a hard time to breathe and looking for aid from polices “highly sensitive” and based on a limiting protective order.
As Medvin very first decried in oral argument in April, “This is not the Soviet Union, and the government does not get to control the narrative of what happens in the courtroom. The weedlike growth of the government’s power over public information is outrageous and un-American and cannot be permitted to continue unchecked.”
In a written movement submitted last month looking for to release the 30-second video, Medvin asserted: “While John Anderson is charged with assaulting and impeding police officers, and theft of government property, amongst other accusations, the government’s evidence fails to corroborate the charges. The government’s evidence, instead, shows a man approaching police to seek medical attention after being chemically sprayed by a member of the crowd and after being subjected to additional chemical spray released into the crowd by law enforcement. The video sought for release, and being blocked by the government, establishes Mr. Anderson’s defense.”
[READ MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANT’S ORAL MOTION TO REMOVE DESIGNATION OF “HIGHLY SENSITIVE” FROM CCTV VIDEO CLIP]
Bizarrely, the Deep State opportunists milking Jan. 6 for all its political worth argue that it would be a threat to nationwide security to enable Anderson, the media and the general public to have access to the 30-second exculpatory clip at problem. In action to Medvin’s movement, the federal government mentions the so-called mosaic theory to validate safeguarding video footage from the Capitol police’s closed-circuit video system. Every specific piece of video proof should be safeguarded from disclosure, the district attorneys’ argument goes, to avoid wicked operatives from piecing together in aggregate the specific areas of the whole large network of cams.
The issue, naturally, is that the FBI, district attorneys, anti-Trump Democrat impeachment leaders and their water-carriers in the liberal business media have actually all selectively dripped, released and hyped numerous other essential videos when it matches their narrative functions. “The government has made Capitol CCTV video public when it bolsters or conveniences their case,” Medvin explained. “The government has already utilized CCTV video in their prosecution of Julian Khater and George Tanios, two January 6 Capitol incident defendants, and has made the CCTV footage available to the public.”
Additionally, the feds have actually used still images from CCTV video several times in other public court filings. They launched vital video to Democrat Home impeachment supervisors in a collective effort to penalize previous President Donald Trump. The FBI site blasted Jan. 6 video online from all over the Capitol complex in its drag net efforts to attract public hysteria and hunt more suspects. And every significant liberal press operation, from NBC to Buzzfeed to The Washington Post to CNN, has actually shared numerous videos that might be pieced together to build an in-depth “mosaic” of the U.S. Capitol security system. (A press union of those anti-Trump forces has actually even intervened in the Anderson case concurring that the “highly sensitive” classification of the 30-second clip ought to be gotten rid of which the federal government has actually provided no reliable validation for reducing it.)
[READ UNITED STATES’ RESPONSE TO MOTION FOR DESIGNATION REMOVAL]
[READ UNITED STATES’ OPPOSITION TO THE PRESS COALITION’S MOTION TO INTERVENE]
GOV OPPOSITION TO JOURNALISM UNION’S MOVEMENT TO STEP IN
[READ REPLY TO GOVERNMENT’S OPPOSITION OF DEFENDANT’S ORAL MOTION TO REMOVE DESIGNATION OF “HIGHLY SENSITIVE” FROM CCTV VIDEO CLIP ]
[READ PRESS COALITION MOTION TO INTERVENE]
“Surely,” Medvin pleads, “Mr. Anderson should not be prejudiced by the continued veil of secrecy over the video sought for release in his case simply because in this case the government does not feel the release is advantageous to their legal position. The government’s contradictory position in John Anderson’s case to their utilization of CCTV video in the cases of Julian Khater and George Tanios gives the government control over the defense and creates a disparity between the parties standing before this court, rendering the defense an inferior party to the prosecution; all the while, the two parties are to stand before the court as equals … In Mr. Anderson’s case, the government is attempting to conceal video favorable to the defense to protect their unjust prosecution and to continue to unilaterally control the public narrative. Why should this be permitted?”
Why certainly? It’s progressively challenging to commemorate America’s self-reliance and its supposed flexibilities when such brazen oppressions are dedicated with impunity in the country’s capital. Land of the complimentary? LOL. How about: Free the Jan. 6 tapes. Not simply Anderson’s 30 seconds, however all 14,000-plus hours of them.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.