Biden-Harris and zir’s Merrick Garland-led Department of Justice’s FBI executed a pre-dawn raid on Project Veritas‘ founder and boss James O’Keefe’s home, searched it, and seized his phones and began searching through the phones. This is separate from the FBI’s raid on the homes of reporters working for Project Veritas.
A federal judge ordered the Department of Justice to stop extracting data from the phones of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe days after his home was raided….
According to the order, the DOJ must confirm to the court by Friday that it has paused its review of O’Keefe’s phones.
Days after. The FBI has had those days to extract, copy, and paw through the data.
A special master has been appointed by the court to oversee this and to cull the data that the Privacy Protection Act, along with DoJ regulations, explicitly bar Government from seizing from reporters. However, on what basis do we believe the FBI has actually “paused” its review? Even were the phones physically transferred to the possession of this special master, on what basis do we believe that agents this government have stopped pawing through the data they’ve seized? On what basis do we believe those agents of this government have destroyed—or even sequestered—their copies?
Among those data are
confidential and privileged information…of our reporters, including legal, donor, and confidential source communications
reporters’ notes. A lot of…sources unrelated to this story and a lot of confidential donor information to our news organization.
This is not overreach. This is naked abuse of raw power and a deliberate, considered disregard for law, for the liberties and rights of American citizens.
It’s going to be a long three years.
(Aside: what was this stuff doing on a cell phone, anyway? This is taking convenience too far at the expense of security.)