On Wednesday, three men from Illinois were charged in connection with Jan. 6, after they were tracked down by investigators who found them by obtaining geolocation data from their phones through a likely-illegal subpoena.
The trio becomes the latest victims of the 1/6 witch hunt, joining the hundreds of other Americans who have been charged since the event.
Cody Vollan, Anthony Carollo, and Jeremiah Carollo, have been hit with four federal charges each, according to the criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia this week.
From NBC5 Chicago:
“They were charged with one count each of: entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol building, per the complaint.”
In short, they support Trump, were at the event on 1/6, went inside, hung out, and left – just like the vast majority of the other individuals who have been charged in connection with the event.
But, somehow, we’re still waiting on charges for Ray Epps and several other fed-connected provocateurs…
Federal authorities were able to locate the three men, two of which were brothers and the other their cousin, after Big Tech giant Google responded to a 1/6 commission subpoena and provided the trio’s geolocation data, which showed their mobile devices and connected Google accounts were likely located in and around the restricted area of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Tracking your geolocation through your Google account to hunt you down a full year later? Wow, what a freaking hellhole dystopian nightmare, right? But that ain’t even half of it – this is just more in the same as the DC Swamp steps up its political purge of those who dare to question the legitimacy of the current fraudulent regime.
In its rogue mission to persecute and gather information about private U.S. citizens, Nancy Pelosi’s sham 1/6 Committee has been freely acting with impunity while flouting several traditional civil liberties that are protected by the constitution.
And now, with Biden’s poll numbers tanking weekly, the congressional commission is ramping up their witch hunt by way of surveillance powers that not even the FBI or other law enforcement agencies are cleared to use.
Under the US Constitution, in addition to several Supreme Court rulings on the subject, it is the executive branch – with the supervision by the Judiciary – who is traditionally responsible for investigating crimes, not Congress. Nevertheless, the people’s house does have the power to conduct investigations, but it is extremely limited.
Traditionally, there are only two scenarios in which Congress is permitted to open an investigation – The first being when an investigation is designed to directly assist in its law-making duties, for example – directing executives of companies to testify when considering new laws. The only other reason for Congress to open a criminal investigation is if it’s in order to provide check and balance over the executive branch.
Despite the clear precedent being set for these congressional investigations, Pelosi’s rogue commission is actively conducting a criminal investigation in order to find and punish political thought crimes that have been committed by private law-abiding citizens, which is precisely what they are prohibited from doing – calling into question the legality of the commission’s entire existence, let alone its nefarious actions throughout the past year.
Additionally, this type of criminal investigation poses several dangerous and dystopian challenges because Congressional investigative powers are not subject to the same safeguards, such as obtaining judicial approval, as is the case with the FBI or other law enforcement agencies.
What’s most concerning though is that seemingly no private citizen is exempt from their invasive and unchecked investigation, the politically motivated crusade is targeting not just the individuals who were present on January 6th, but also anyone and everyone who expressed views or organized events that were related to the stolen 2020 election.
Over the past year, Pelosi’s rogue committee has secretly gathered private information about American citizens – including telephone records, email communications, banking transactions, and internet search history – by issuing hundreds of subpoenas to major telecom and banking companies for their records – while also instructing the companies to hide it from their customers.
And thanks to the congressional authorities outlined above, it was pulled off without a judge having to sign off, and without a single legal safeguard to protect private citizens from their flagrant abuse of power.
The reasoning behind demanding their subpoena requests hidden from private citizens, aside from the rogue dystopian thought crime retaliation aspect of it all, is because citizens are traditionally informed when federal law enforcement agencies serve subpoenas for their information to third-party companies – allowing them to challenge the action in court before the records can be provided.
But if the person doesn’t know about the request, they cannot fight it – precisely how the 1/6 tyrants want it.
Lawyers for the committee have argued that nothing proscribes or limits their authority to obtain data regarding whichever citizens they target, but US law is very clear on this matter, especially when it comes to banking records.
The Right to Financial Privacy Act states that individuals must receive a notice and be provided with an appropriate amount of time to challenge the request, but it has been routinely ignored throughout the 1/6 partisan witch hunt.
When arguing the legality of these secret subpoenas in court last month, the committee’s official response was simply that they do not have to comply with this law, claiming that the act only applies to agencies and departments – not a Congressional committee.
Lawyers for the 1/6 committee wrote:
“The Act restricts only agencies and departments of the United States, and the Select Committee is neither. Multiple provisions of the statute underscore that Congress intended ‘Government authority’ to mean an executive branch agency or department,” the committee’s lawyers wrote in an assertion of power breathtaking in its scope and limitlessness.”
Every single one of the committee’s arguments has been crafted to secure absolute and unchecked investigative authority that tramples over private citizens’ constitutionally protected rights. For example, the committee insists it can investigate anyone it wants in connection with 1/6, even without it being tied to a specific piece of legislation – as is required by law – because, according to them, “Congressional committees are not required to identify a specific piece of legislation in advance of conducting an investigation of the pertinent facts. It is sufficient that a committee’s investigation concerns a subject on which legislation ‘could be had.’”
In other words, based on endless hypotheticals that are unverified by anyone outside the partisan 1/6 committee, anyone and everyone could be subject to their rogue investigation.
What could possibly go wrong?
(Hat tip to Glen Greenwald for his work used in this post.)