Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Montebello Video We Have NOT Seen



.....wee updates at bottom of post.....

So, when, I wonder, will we first hear one of those myriad RCMP/Surete du Quebec/Public Safety/PMO spokesmodels say something like the following:

"We condemn any attempts to cover-up this case, no matter who is involved"

Which, of course, is exactly what Richard Milhouse Nixon, said publicly in 1973 just before the axe fell.

Of course, what really laid Mr. Nixon low were those pesky Watergate tapes that put him on the record saying stuff like this:

"I don’t give a sh*t what happens. I want you all to stonewall it, let them plead the Fifth Amendment, cover up or anything else, if it’ll save it—save this plan. That’s the whole point. We’re going to protect our people if we can."

Of course, we are no longer limited to secret audiotapes to find out what really happened.

Because, these days, everybody has a digicam.

And at places like the Montebello/Anti-SPP demonstrations it wasn't just the protestors that had them.

So, in an effort to help clear up this thing about the identities of the bandana-clad belligerints definitively, perhaps reporters could ask the Quebec Provincial Police to release the video that was collected by the camera within the circle in the image at the top of the post (which is a screen-shot from the original YouTube video).

And if the QPP says 'Non!' now, perhaps some sharp-eyed, hard-headed young staffer working for the public inquiry that follows(?) will stumble upon this post after using 'teh google' 10 or 12 or 34 months from now and ask them again.....


And if we can't use video for identification purposes, we can always use Alison's milk cartons. They are really quite something.
Speaking of sharp-eyed and hard-headed, the link to the Maclean's Forum inquiry post comes from the always sharp and often hard Mr. King whom, I'm quite certain, will note that I did not instead link to this one.
Update: Folks, both in the comments and via the E-mailchain, have made the point that, if they are not willing to release the names, the Police are very likely going to be unwilling to release a video in their possession. And of course they are correct. However, the thing to remember is that, if a bit of a ruckus is made about it now, someone will be able to ask for it later if (when?) enquiry-assisted pressure is brought to bear. OK?
Not-So Secret Double Probation Update: There is no video involved, but this piece from Mat Mernagh of Toronto's NOW is the best chunk of 'inside the protest' reportage that I have read so far (and that includes both the pro- and notsopro-media)


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