Merrick Garland and FBI head Chris Wray are sweating bullets over legal filings in this one January 6 case

The FBI has done significant damage to its credibility over the past few years.

Bad actors within the organization showed that they were willing to bend and break the law in order to take down political opponents from concerned parents of school children to conservative and pro-Life Americans to even a sitting president.

But now Merrick Garland and FBI head Chris Wray are sweating bullets over legal filings in this one January 6 case.

The Capitol Hill riot has been used as a pretext to turn the machinery of the Global War on Terror into a weapon against American conservatives.

FBI Director Chris Wray said that right-wing extremists were the greatest threat to the country; Wray apparently has never heard of Antifa and missed the violent May 29th protests outside the White House in 2020.

The Secret Service were forced to take Donald Trump to the bunker, and the corporate press mocked Trump for “running scared.”

J6 court filings show the FBI colluded with Silicon Valley on Geofence dragnet around Capitol Hill

In response to January 6th, Google shared tons of data with the FBI regarding people who were in Washington, D.C. at that time.

Wired reported that the “FBI’s biggest-ever investigation included the biggest-ever haul of phones from controversial geofence warrants, court records show. A filing in the case of one of the January 6 suspects, David Rhine, shows that Google initially identified 5,723 devices as being in or near the US Capitol during the riot. Only around 900 people have so far been charged with offenses relating to the siege. The filing suggests that dozens of phones that were in airplane mode during the riot, or otherwise out of cell service, were caught up in the trawl.”

That information was revealed in a motion filed by Rhine to suppress the geofence warrant data. 

However the court rules on Rhine’s motion, it’s likely to be appealed legal experts say, indicating it could generate a dangerous precedent on the controversial geofence warrants.

“It’s going to be a very high-level, high-profile case likely to generate a major precedent out of the appeals court, if not the Supreme Court,” University of Utah law professor and Fourth Amendment expert Matthew Tokson told Wired. “Some courts have said they are valid. Some have said they are overbroad and sweep up too many innocent people. We are still in the very early stages of this.” 

American University law professor Andrew Ferguson agreed, stating that “January 6 cases are going to be used to build a doctrine that will essentially enable police to find almost anyone with a cellphone or a smart device in ways that we, as a society, haven’t quite grasped yet.”

“That is going to undermine the work of journalists, it’s going to undermine political dissenters,” Ferguson added.   

People who simply showed up to the protest have been caught into a proceeding where many defendants have been languishing in federal prison for over 40 months.

Meanwhile, the FBI cannot seem to identify the Antifa goons who firebombed a federal courthouse for weeks in 2020 and attempted to kill officers.

Nor will they reveal any information about the purported pipe bombs planted outside of the Democratic and Republican National Committee offices in Washington D.C. prior to the Capitol Hill riots – despite the individual being caught on video talking on a cell phone.

Google released a statement on the controversial geofence warrants, writing, “We have a rigorous process for geofence warrants that is designed to protect the privacy of our users while supporting the important work of law enforcement…When Google receives legal demands, we examine them closely for legal validity and constitutional concerns, including overbreadth, consistent with developing case law. If a request asks for too much information, we work to narrow it. We routinely push back on overbroad demands, including overbroad geofence demands, and in some cases, we object to producing any information at all.”

Several leaks have shown that the braintrust at Google is very left-wing, so they probably didn’t have to be nudged too hard to give up the cellphone data.

Geofence warrants likeness to the general warrants Founders warned against means Rhine case could set precedent 

Geofence warrants are indisputably akin to the general warrants the Founding Fathers sought to guard against in framing the Bill of  Rights.

Nevertheless, in the wake of September 11, 2001 attacks, authoritarian actors in and out of government succeeded in arguing for expanded state police powers leading to the so-called “Patriot Act’s” ultimate passage.

At the time Americans were told broad surveillance powers would only ever be used against foreign terrorists when in reality they were always intended as tools to ensnare domestic political opposition – a fact belied by the fact the legislation was drafted prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.

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