As you recall, back in November the Paris nightclub, Bataclan, was taken over by an Islamic terrorist cell as part of a complex and synchronized series of attacks throughout Paris. By the time order was restored, 89 people and two terrorists were dead.
And that was that. Until yesterday when a British site called Heat Street ran a story titled EXCLUSIVE: France ‘Suppressed Reports of Gruesome Torture’ at Bataclan Massacre. It is based on the transcript of witness testimony from a parliamentary commission investigating the terrorist attacks. (Actual report here, translated by Google, I’m relying on this report.)
The chief police witness in Parliament testified that on the night of the attacks, an investigating officer, tears streaming down his face, rushed out of the Bataclan and vomited in front of him just after seeing the disfigured bodies.
The 14-hour testimony about the November attacks took place March 21st.
According to this testimony, Wahhabist killers reportedly gouged out eyes, castrated victims, and shoved their testicles in their mouths. They may also have disemboweled some poor souls. Women were reportedly stabbed in the genitals – and the torture was, victims told police, filmed for Daesh or Islamic State propaganda. For that reason, medics did not release the bodies of torture victims to the families, investigators said.
But prosecutors at the hearing claimed these reports of torture were “a rumor” on the grounds that sharp knives were not found at the scene. They also claimed that maybe shrapnel had caused the injuries.
What were those injuries.
Q. For the information of the Commission of Inquiry….can you tell us how you learned that there had been acts of barbarism within the Bataclan: beheadings, evisceration, eyes gouged out …?
Investigator: After the assault, we were with colleagues at the passage Saint-Pierre Amelot when I saw weeping from one of our colleagues who came outside to vomit. He told us what he had seen.
Mr. President Georges Fenech: Indeed, the Committee is troubled by this information which has appeared nowhere [in the media]. Thus, the father of one of the victims sent me a copy of a letter he sent to the investigating judge, which I quote in summary: “On the causes of the death of my son A., at the forensic institute in Paris, I was told, and what a shock it was for me at that moment, they had cut off his testicles, had put them in his mouth, and he was disemboweled. When I saw him behind glass, lying on a table, a white shroud covering it up to the neck, a psychologist was with me. He said: This is “the only presentable part, your son’s left profile.” I found that he had no right eye. I made the remark; I was informed that they had punctured his eye and sliced down the right side of his face, where there was a very large hematoma that we could all see. ”
This particular witness could corroborate the statements that we heard from one of the BAC officials, that one of his investigators vomited immediately on leaving the Bataclan after finding a decapitation and evisceration. Are you aware of such facts?
Then there was this interchange between one of the French prosecutors in the case and an investigator from the commission:
Prosecutor: I specify, for the sake of clarity: some of the bodies found at the Bataclan were extremely mutilated by the explosions and weapons, to the point that it was sometimes difficult to reconstruct the dismembered bodies. In other words, injuries described this father may also have been caused by automatic weapons, by explosions or projections of nails and bolts that have resulted.
Q. Would those have put a man’s balls in in his own mouth?
Prosecutor: I do not have that information.
The story has subsequently been picked up by a handful of outlets in the US and the UK.
Is this what actually happened? Because it seemed to me that the tumbrils would be heading towards Place de la Révolution were that the case. Using the good offices of Mister Google, I translated the document to compare the section quoted in the story, the most damning section, in my view, with the transcript. This is what it looks like:
The Rapporteur. Terrorists The Bataclan they have committed beheadings and mutilations? Were they products of deaths other than by shooting or explosion? We are dealing with contradictory information – some of which were provided to us during our hearings – that must be clarified.
Mr. President Georges Fenech. Indeed, the Committee is troubled by this information which have filtered nowhere. Thus, the father of one of the victims sent me a copy of a letter he sent to the investigating judge, which I quote in summary: “On the causes of the death of my son A., the forensic institute in Paris, I was told, and with reserves given the shock it was for me at that moment, they had cut off his testicles, it’s him had put in his mouth, and he was disembowelled. When I saw it behind glass, lying on a table, a white shroud covering it up to the neck, a psychologist with me. The latter said: “The only presentable part of your son’s left profile.” I found that he had more right eye. I made the remark; I was informed that they had punctured him the eye and down the right side of his face, where very large hematoma that we could all see when it is in beer. ”
This particular witness could corroborate the statements that kept us one of the BAC officials that one of the investigators vomited immediately on leaving the Bataclan after finding a decapitation and evisceration. Are you aware of such facts?
Michel Cadot. I had no knowledge of these facts, nor by the Forensic Institute or by the officials in question. It is obvious to the court to assess the veracity investigation. Nevertheless, I realized that was found at the site of the attack no no knife or other sharp device that would allow this type of mutilation. It will be easy to check as part of the investigation. In my case, once again, I have not received any message of the sort from the Forensic Institute or the direction of guardianship of the relevant BAC.
Mr. Christian saint. I can not move on this point, given the state of the investigation, but nothing in the present state of my knowledge allows me to think that what has just be read is right. I specify, for the sake of clarity, some of the bodies found at the Bataclan were extremely mutilated by the explosions and weapons, to the point that it was sometimes difficult to reconstruct the dismembered bodies. In other words, injuries described this father may also have been caused by automatic weapons by explosions or projections of nails and bolts that have resulted.
Mr. President Georges Fenech. There he would have put his testicles in your mouth …
Mr. Christian saint. I do not have that information and if these facts had been established, I think such information would not have escaped.
Not being particularly French I don’t know the personalities or the climate of the commission well enough to make an assessment of what went on here. Did Mr. Fenech throw out a major allegation and did the government representative say, in very Obama-like style, ‘nothing to see here, move along’? Or did Mr. Fenech throw out a rumor, a la ‘jet fuel can’t melt steel’ as a slow hanging curve so the government could dispose of the story for once and for all? The fact that we are dealing with muslim terrorists leads and a pusillanimous and deceitful French government makes me believe the first explanation. The fact that there was no follow up questions on the subject, literally the subject changed after Mr. Christian saint’s response, and that there hasn’t been a very loud response from French opposition parties makes me believe the latter. (If you want to read the most pathetic and juvenile debunking of the story, please visit this by the leftwing site Snopes.com.)
Regardless of the veracity of this story, France has a huge problem. But it is not alone. Virtually any nation with an measurable muslim population has a terror problem. Even being muslim-majority does not decrease the risk of Islamic terrorism
France has good reason for trying to suppress news of atrocities at Bataclan, that part of the story is imminently plausible. Just as we’ve seen the Obama regime do the same after terror attacks in the United States. I’m just not sure this story meets the test.