The Dubai police have released what purport to be tapes of an 11-person strong hit team which killed top Hamas arms coordinator and killer of two Israeli soldiers, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. The working assumption is that this was an Israeli operation.

The tapes coordinate closed circuit shots taken at multiple locations tracking multiple people. The identities of the people released by Dubai turn out to be phony.

al-Mabhouh reportedly was a key link in the shipment of Iranian arms to Gaza (which is a primary reason Israel has a blockade).

No one really knows if the tapes are completely valid; we have to rely on descriptions provided by the Dubai police for many of the conclusions reached (for example, that someone walking in a mall was part of the team).

It does seem strange that Israel, if it were behind this, would use the stolen identities of numerous Israelis. Not exactly a way to deflect attention from Israel, at least superficially.

But one thing is missing from the tapes released by Dubai.

Where are the tapes tracking all of al-Mabhouh’s movements that day. All we see of him are short clips in the hotel.

If Dubai has such an elaborate closed circuit televion system in public spaces, and can track 11 people at multiple locations, presumably Dubai has more footage showing where al-Mabhouth went that day and with whom he met.

Somehow, I’m not sure we can believe our eyes just yet.

Update: Another interesting aspect is how the Dubai police gathered and pieced together all the footage from multiple locations so quickly, including identifying people who are fuzzy on the tape released. Either the Dubai police are incredibly efficient, or they knew what they were looking for.

And, to top it off, according to the Dubai police tape english text, the door to the room was latched and chained, from the inside of the room when the body was found. Howdaydoodat?

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