In breaking news Thursday, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who was ambushed by three FBI vehicles on his way home from a hunting trip and forced to give up his cell phone, is suing the government and says he’s hired legal powerhouse Alan Dershowitz.
For daring to question the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, Lindell is such a serious, imminent threat to our democracy that the FBI couldn’t even wait till he got home from his trip, so they blocked him in at the drive-thru window at Hardee’s. The only bright spot here is that he was able to follow up the outrageous violation of his civil rights with a delicious hamburger.
Lindell told the agents he didn’t use a computer and literally ran all his businesses from his phone. His LIFE was on that phone. (You can bet that’s why they wanted it.) But they pressed the issue, he called his attorney, and he did hand it over. They had a warrant for the phone, seeking information about Mesa County, Colorado, clerk Tina Peters, who faces charges related to copying election records.
The FBI told Lindell not to talk about this, but you can imagine how that went over with him. He’s not holding back and has told TV viewers that in order to accomplish their ambush, the FBI had to have been tracking his phone throughout the day. (This scenario conjures up the similar recent ambush of Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, while he was driving on vacation with his family. https://www.breitbart.com/
“My First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights were broken,” Lindell said. “We’re not going to put up with this. We’re not going to be the Gestapo like in Nazi Germany.”
He continued: “Take a phone away from a private citizen, their company phone! And their hearing aids, everything else. Everything I had was in that phone! All these businesses: MyPillow, MyStore, FrankSpeech, passwords to be able to do money wires that I can’t do right now. Those aren’t in any cloud!”
He runs five businesses on his phone, he said. And the reference to hearing aids certainly raises questions. Apparently, Lindell is hearing-impaired and relies on his phone to adjust his hearing aids. They took that away? If it's true, that alone would be good cause for a lawsuit, I would think.
When Bannon asked him what he was going to do “about these kick-down-the-door raids,” Lindell replied, “I said, ‘I want this done now…All the lawyers were in agreement, we are going to set a precedent.” More details about Lindell’s subpoena here...
As if the abuse by law enforcement weren’t enough, unfunny late-night TV host and would-be political analyst Seth Meyers made condescending fun of the unpretentious Lindell, saying the MyPillow guy’s reckless remarks were what he’d expect from a 61-year-old man who eats at Hardee’s.
You know, I’m about his age, and I like Hardee’s. And have I told you how wonderful those Giza Dream Sheets are? I’m sure I have. And many other products as well…
We would add that if you’ve ever expressed doubt about the outcome of the 2020 election or offered the slightest bit of support for President Trump and think the FBI might be getting ready to ambush you, too, it might be good to borrow this idea from THE BABYLON BEE. It never hurts to be prepared…
Next, in a very positive development, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has denied the government’s motion to dispense with a “special master” to examine documents in President Trump’s possession and instead appointed Judge Raymond J. Dearie, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Regarding the 100 “classified” documents, Judge Cannon wrote, “the Court does not find it appropriate to accept the Government’s conclusions on these important and disputed issues without further review by a neutral third party in an expedited and orderly fashion.”
The government most decidedly did NOT want this, which makes me think even more that it is a really good idea.
Trump’s legal team will have to foot the bill for it, but I’m sure they won’t quibble. Judge Dearie has already accepted the assignment, and he has till November 30 to get it done.
Here’s an excellent summary…
In our shocking-but-not-surprising segment for today, by now you’ve likely heard about Miranda Devine’s latest blockbuster in the NEW YORK POST, about Facebook spying on private messages –- not just public posts –- of users who questioned the 2020 election. What I’d like to know is, who believed the FBI WASN’T looking through the private messages of Trump supporters? Is anyone really that naive? The police state is here, folks, at least for now.
For the past 19 months, according to Devine’s sources within the DOJ, someone at Facebook has been red-flagging these “supposedly subversive” private messages, and transmitting them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operations unit (!) at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. Then the private messages were farmed out as “leads” to FBI field offices around the country. According to one source, “it was done outside the legal process and without probable cause.” In other words, no subpoena.
But after all that, they’d turn up nothing criminal or violent, because they had only been looking at people venting about the election. (You know, domestic terrorists!!) “It was a waste of our time,” one source said.
Facebook has denied the allegations, but Stewart Baker at INSTAPUNDIT noticed the lawyerly way they did so. Look at this wording: “...the suggestion we seek out people’s private messages for anti-government language or questions about the validity of past elections and then proactively supply those to the FBI is plainly inaccurate and there is zero evidence to support it.”
Baker points out that this type of “compound denial” is a lawyer’s crafty way to deny the totality of an accusation even when “portions or slight variations” are true. For example, Facebook might still have been screening for private messages only slightly more alarming than “anti-government language or questions about the validity of past elections.” All they need is one small qualification, and they can deny to their hearts’ content.
As Baker explains, electronic service providers can, by law, volunteer information to law enforcement that they believe “in good faith” could cause imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to any person. But it’s only supposed to be allowed for that kind of life-or-death emergency. If they truly believe this “in good faith” about the typical conservative conversations on Facebook, it just shows how thoroughly brainwashed they are about the deadly domestic terrorist threat posed by grandmothers in MAGA hats. And people like that don’t need to be monitoring anyone’s speech.