Six months after the raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s Auckland mansion a video of the events of that fateful morning has been released and it’s stirring up some controversy. The video, released yesterday during a hearing in Auckland, features helicopters, armed special tactics forces, dogs and at least four police vehicles.
Speculation about the raid has been going on since January. In an article from February, TorrentFreak reported that what was unbelievable about the raid was that some of the forces sent in were part of New Zealand’s elite counter-terrorist force, the Special Tactics Group. “STG, nicknamed ‘Super Tough Guys,’ train with the country’s Special Air Force and are sent in to deal with the most violent offenders. Yet no one in the Dotcom household had any record of violence.”
The video of the raid reveals first hand what an over the top affair the raid was. None of the people in Dotcom’s home (including his pregnant wife and three children, guests and staff) were armed. Yet, from the looks of the video, you’d think they were apprehending the head of a major drug trafficking operation or a murderer.
What’s especially strange is that, according to the video, the police claim to have conducted the raid in this fashion so that Dotcom would not have time to destroy evidence. Dotcom reveals that he wouldn’t have been able to destroy any evidence because the Megaupload servers had already been seized before the raid.
Check out the video below (click here if the YouTube link stops working) and let us know what you think. Was the raid over the top? Or was it an appropriate response to Dotcom’s offense?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.