Kim Dotcom's home raid video pops up

In mid-January, law enforcement officials from the United States and New Zealand executed a raid of the home of Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file sharing site MegaUpload. The raid was part of the US's plan to shut down the site and arrest Dotcom and other MegaUpload team members, charging them with online content piracy.

Now a video, taken from one of the helicopters involved in the raid, has surfaced. The footage was first shown on a New Zealand TV newscast and later uploaded to YouTube. The video shows the helicopter landing inside the mansion that was being rented by Kim Dotcom, and where he, his family, his staff and others were present when the raid began.

The video also shows the helicopter circling around the mansion after landing and taking off again. It also shows footage of Dotcom testifying in court, talking about his experiences during the raid. It's clearly very over the top on the part of law enforcement officials, which had two helicopters, lots of police with semi-automatic weapons and dogs.

In June, the judge in the case ruled that the search warrants that were issued for the MegaUpload raid were made illegally. Dotcom is waiting for an extradition hearing to be held in 2013, which could see him taken to the US for trial.

Source: YouTube

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That is just insane. Corruption at its finest. And of course the FBI is a big part of this overkill, their pockets lined with money. I'm sure they were told to make it look as dramatic as possible, for their propaganda they planned on spreading.

"The judge in the case ruled that the search warrants that were issued for the MegaUpload raid were made illegally. Dotcom is waiting for an extradition hearing to be held in 2013, which could see him taken to the US for trial."

Why is this case not being thrown out of court, Dotcom freed and his servers returned ?
This is illegal.

Alley Cat said,
"The judge in the case ruled that the search warrants that were issued for the MegaUpload raid were made illegally. Dotcom is waiting for an extradition hearing to be held in 2013, which could see him taken to the US for trial."

Why is this case not being thrown out of court, Dotcom freed and his servers returned ?
This is illegal.

This is what I'm wondering, surely their evidence is somewhat tainted by the fact that they obtained it illegally, so surely they shouldn't be allowed to extradite him at least? If he is extradited we be sure he'll be punished worse than your run-of-the-mill murderer.

Hmm... that Kim guy is angry at President Barack Obama and he's doing a campaign to get the President out of the office. Republican is doing the evil work while he blames the President.

The watchers have way too much power and control. The fear they have of a cyberpunk family and business man is insane. Why don't we treat bankers and congress like this their the ones screwing everyone.

seanseany said,
Is it just me ....or was I the only waiting for a javelin to take out the helicopter ? ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPsC4HFBZDg

(,")

Too much COD I see...

Time to ante-up or grow some balls and do that **** for real.

By the way, the Javelin is used to take out ground targets. Usually called a surface to surface missile. You could take out a helicopter with it but it's much easier to just use a dedicated surface to air missile (aka SAM) since the are faster and have better maneuverability.

Iridium said,
The US thinks it is the world police. They had no jurisdiction in NZ.

The US dollar is welcome everywhere
Sometimes the only bill you need is a bunch of bills with presidents on them...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

The US dollar is welcome everywhere
Sometimes the only bill you need is a bunch of bills with presidents on them...

GS:mac

Those were the days, sadly us kiwis wouldn't touch that paper now, we have an extradition treaty with the US which could have helped them twist our gutless ministers arm.

Toysoldier said,

Those were the days, sadly us kiwis wouldn't touch that paper now, we have an extradition treaty with the US which could have helped them twist our gutless ministers arm.

I lived in NZ for a few years and it was a real go forward self innovating country. I went back there recently and was really sadened to see a country that has been convinced that its culture is worthless. Australia and the US are your new overlords or something. For a country that needs to be like 100% intellectual capital due to a lack of natural resouces I really dont see how mimicking these countries is a good idea for kiwis. Australians are generally lazy because they have minerals oozing out of the ground and the US is well just really really different in how their "democracy" runs.

Iridium said,

I lived in NZ for a few years and it was a real go forward self innovating country. I went back there recently and was really sadened to see a country that has been convinced that its culture is worthless. Australia and the US are your new overlords or something. For a country that needs to be like 100% intellectual capital due to a lack of natural resouces I really dont see how mimicking these countries is a good idea for kiwis. Australians are generally lazy because they have minerals oozing out of the ground and the US is well just really really different in how their "democracy" runs.

Hahaha! "democracy"

We have no democracy in America. Never have either. Of course at one point in time we had a very nice representative republic that had a decent run (ok, not a Roman good run but we got a good 100 years out of it). Now we have nothing. I guess one could refer to it as representative capitalism or wealth determined representative society.

Could just be talking out of my ass though. I really don't know all that much about every type of society and government. So I just put words together that seem to make a lot of sense

Brian Miller said,
A bit of an over kill!

Well lucky we are a nuclear free country, They could have just nuked his place from orbit, perhaps that is a bit overkill too.

Toysoldier said,

Well lucky we are a nuclear free country, They could have just nuked his place from orbit, perhaps that is a bit overkill too.


Luckily the USA didn't accuse Dot Com of having WMD's, otherwise, well, you know!

SpeedyTheSnail said,

Luckily the USA didn't accuse Dot Com of having WMD's, otherwise, well, you know!

He didn't have any oil, so...

SpeedyTheSnail said,

Luckily the USA didn't accuse Dot Com of having WMD's, otherwise, well, you know!

otherwise he would of hidden in a hole for a few years ?

Glassed Silver said,

I agree, watching this video made me feel nervous and angry...
*argh*

GS:win

Whenever I see these over-the-top raid's with guys in full swat gear breaking down doors of non-violent criminals, some of whom are pretty harmless (as a physical threat), and it makes me angry. It doesn't look "professional" to me. It looks like a bunch of cowboys who are happy they get to play with their toys and pretend to be bad asses.

Tim Dawg said,
Whenever I see these over-the-top raid's with guys in full swat gear breaking down doors of non-violent criminals, some of whom are pretty harmless (as a physical threat), and it makes me angry. It doesn't look "professional" to me. It looks like a bunch of cowboys who are happy they get to play with their toys and pretend to be bad asses.

This x 1000000000

GS:win