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A really good story behind “Russiagate” by someone who worked with Stefan Halper

I saw this on Twitter yesterday and pretty much confirms what most of us on the right know: The Deep State and Obama administration worked to undermine our 2016 election.

Steven P. Schrage is a doctoral candidate at Cambridge and worked under “FBI Informant” Stefan Halper. Schrage published his story yesterday in an article entitled, “The Spies Who Hijacked America.”

Halper sounds like a very shady character. In 1994 he was arrested for possession of crack.

In 2011 the FBI temporarily ended a relationship with Halper because of his “aggressiveness” toward an FBI agent, and over “questionable allegiance” to a target of FBI intelligence probes.

Schrage writes about his interactions with Halper and along with the information contained in Mollie Heminway’s tweet, Schrage says:

“The stories that The New York Times, Washington Post, and others were pushing didn’t add up. Many seemed planted to cover up or advance the agendas of several individuals whose tentacles secretly ran through these scandals, and who each had longstanding ties to intelligence services like the FBI, CIA, and MI6.”

Watch Steven’s story here:

In a nutshell: They set out to get President Trump via Michael Flynn. It was planned out but they never expected to get caught or they wouldn’t have been so clumsy in some areas.

His story is a bit lengthy but a really good story. Read it here.

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Unsealed Ghislaine Maxwell documents prove President Trump had nothing to do with Epstein’s sex-trafficking

Yesterday evening, the Justice Department unsealed 2,024 pages of Ghislaine Maxwell’s Epstein-related documents. More will be unsealed on Monday.

The documents show former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s intimate involvement in Epstein’s sex-trafficking. According to a witness deposition, Clinton was seen on Epstein’s infamous “pedo” island in the company of two “young girls” from New York. The witness also testified that “orgies” were a “regular occurrence” on the island.

Why aren’t the useless Democrat Mainstream Media reporting this? If this were any other President, it’d be all over the news.

In contrast, the unsealed documents prove President Trump told the truth when he said he had nothing to do with Epstein’s shady dealings.

The specific document is “Confidential Video Deposition of Virginia Giuffre,” Volume II, November 14, 2016. The screenshot below is of page 1919.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims to be one of Epstein’s sex-trafficking victims. She said she had been forced to perform sex acts, and that some of Epstein’s victims were as young as 14.

In her deposition, Giuffre was asked (1) if she had seen Trump and Epstein together; (2) if Trump had flirted with her; (3) if she had seen Trump in Epstein’s home or on Epstein’s island or in New Mexico or in New York. To each of those questions, Giuffre replied “No”.

And then there’s also this:

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This is what Portland looks like under Mayor Wheeler’s watch

The city of Portland is on day 50-something of daily riots by ANTIFA/thugs/demorats. You may not be aware of this violence though as the mainstream media is not reporting the truth.

If you want to know what is happening there, follow Andy Ngo on Twitter. Here’s what is happening in the streets of Portland:

The feds have responded and have gone in to protect federal facilities and make arrests. Of course, this has upset the liberals. Can’t have law and order because TDS is a serious illness.

How badly infected are liberals with TDS? The Oregon Attorney General and ACLU is now suing because the feds are daring to protect their property and employees.

Mayor Ted Wheeler’s response?

Sucks to be living in Portland right now. Fox News reports that local businesses have reported $23 million in losses due to looting and rioting that have gripped its downtown area since the end of May.

Yet you guys knew that elections would have consequences. Enjoy your liberal utopia!

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Gavin Newsom sets in motion his plan to steal Disaster Relief Funds from Pandemic victims. Primarily victims that voted for Trump

The arragent lawlessness of the democrat party no longer surprises me. We see this behavior more and more because they are allowed to get away with it, unchallenged.

In states like California, where democrats have complete control of all aspects of the government,  the corruption runs rampant.

The democrats misappropriation of state funds and desire to put their personal interests before the citizens have caused a financial hardship on the state.

To counter this hardship the democrats appear to have redefined the position of state Governor. State “Grifter” is more appropriate  title than state Governor.

Governor Newsom appears to spend most of his time trying to figure out new ways to scam the Federal government out of money.

Currently, Newsom is trying to use the covid-19 pandemic to scam the Federal government. For Newsom it’s all about that getting that disaster relief money.

By now we all should be familiar with Elon Musk battle with Alameda County. (A battle he won). Prior to winning the battle Musk went to Newsome to discuss this problem. Newsom made it clear that it was the county officials call. They are to decide when it’s ok to lift any restrictions. Basically he said he can’t do anything about it.

Newsom made the decision to leave it up to the counties. Alameda also agrees with this decision. A commenrt made by Alameda’s health official was ” The governor’s order does not override the county’s stay-at-home order, which is in place through May 31.

It should bew perfectly clear that Newsom passed on the responsibility of “reopening” the counties. With that being the case, we must ask ourselves “Why is Newsome harassing and making threats to Sutter, Modoc and Yuba counties?

‘Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning three counties that they could lose disaster funding if t”ey continue to defy his stay-at-home order.

Officials in Yuba, Sutter and Modoc counties all allowed businesses to reopen because they have fewer coronavirus cases than other parts of the state”.

It’s more than likely he is doing it because of the people that live there.

Sutter County. ” Strongly Republican in presidential and congressional elections. The last democrat to win a majority in the county was Franklin Roosevelt in 1940.”

Modoc County. Strongly Republican in Presidential and cogressional elections. It is the most Republican county in California. The last Democrat to win a majority in the county was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Yuba County. Republican in the last five Presidential elections.
In the last Presidential election, Yuba county remained strongly Republican, 57.3% to 34.4%. * This makes me wonder how a democrat won the congressional seat.

*Stanislaus County should be next on Newsom’s hit list, Stanislaus has decided to ignore Newsom’s orders. The county is a “battleground” politically. If,or should I say when actual combat with firearms “kicked off” this would be a hot spot, if not the front line. There would be hundreds, if not thousands of casualties the first few days. The citizens are heavly armed. This is my county.

Alameda is a democrat county. Newsom lets the county do it’s own thing while attacking 3 Republican counties. This is obvious political descrimination.

*If you are one of the few democrats that live in these counties, consider yourself abandoned by your party leader. Newsom considers you a acceptable loss, killed by friendly fire.

Like everything else Newsom does, this is abuse of his power if not criminal. The quickest, more realistic solution to end this is by taking all disaster relief funding provided by the Federal government and relieve the state of the responsibility to issue it out. Give it directly to the counties.

Some might be asking, “Do you have any more proof about him stealing the disaster funds?”

Personally, I think how he handled these counties is enough proof to start a investigation. A person might say, “it’s the same as Trump witholding funds from California.” It’s not. These counties are not breaking any laws.. They’re not trying to cover their debt that had accumilated prior to the pandemic. That’s exactly what Newsome is doing. Trying to cover the debt of the state that accumilated prior to the pandemic. A debt the democrats created. Make no mistake, Newsom wants that money.

What we should keep in mind.

It seemsa like yesterday when Newsome was going to rehab for his cocaine addiction. That was around the same time when he was cheating on his wife and having an affair with his campaign managers wife, doing lines is the nearest bathroom.

Just imagine. The manager is out telling everyone how great Newsom is while at the same time, his wife is in the back seat of the family car having a good time with Newsom.

Newsom, a guy that screws over his wife and his most trusting friend. He is a person that knows zero about loyalty and lkacks integrity and morality. This is a person that has proven to be untrustworthy. Yet, he wins the election.

  • I don’t believe he got the legal amount of votes required to win. When the polls closed on election day, Newsome was behind. Just like most of the democrats in the election. He along with the other democrats won after the mail in votes were counted. Ballots that come in after the polls that arrive by mail don’t get inspected the same way they do when the polls are open. Democrats changed that rule. All fake ballots make it through, unchallanged.. It doesn’t help matters when many of the election officials are corrupt.

Newsom and his crew of pirates need to be audited. The first place I would start would be the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) and their branch, Cal Fire.

I would investigate every piece of equipment owned by Cal Fire. If you have been paying attention in the past you will have noticed that many of the aircraft used to fight fires in California are owned by private contractors or other sources. Cal Fire has not been using their own equipment.

A good question would be, “If they are paying private contractors or other sources to fight fires then why have they spent so much money buying their own equipment?”

Here is some of the aircraft owned by Cal Fire. This information comes from Wikipedia

“In support of its ground forces, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) emergency response air program includes 23 Grumman S-2T 1,200 gallon airtankers, eleven UH-1H Super Huey helicopters, and 14 OV-10A airtactical aircraft. These aircraft are stationed at 13 air attack and 10 helitack bases located statewide.”

Then there is the expense to maintain the equipment.

The average annual budget of the CAL FIRE Aviation Management Program is nearly $20 million.”

I shoul also ad the following.  This comes from a prior post of mine titled,

Kincade fire revisited. 

“In addition I found the following. They have 61 dozers, 50 fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft which include , 2 Air King A200 and 1 or more of the following, Dornier Do-228, C-23A Sherpa (SD3-30), Air Tractor AT-802A “FireBoss”mman S-2T, Lockheed P-2 Neptune, CL-215/ Bombardier 415 “Superscooper”, Douglas DC-7,McDonnell Douglas MD-87, British Aerospace Bae 146/ Avro RJ85, L188 Electra, Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Boeing 747, DC-10, AH-1 Firewatch “Cobra” ,Sikorsky S-61, Sikorsky S-64, Sikorsky S -70 “Firehawk”,Eurocopter AS-332L, Boeing-Vertol BV 107, Boeing 234 “Chinook”, Kaman “K-Max”, Bell 212, Bell 205 A++, Bell 412, Bell 407, Bell 206B “JetRanger”, Bell 206L-III “LongRanger”, Eurocopter AS350 AStar, MD 500D, Aérospatiale SA 315B “Lama”, Alouette 316B, Lockheed C-130, UH -60 “Blackhawk”, Boeing CH-46 “Sea Knight”, CH -47 “Chinook”, Sikorsky CH-53E “Super Stallion” (Sikorsky S-80E). For details click here.”

Cal Fires budget is up to 2.6 billion a year.

Why have the equipment if we are not using it? We need  inventory every piece of equipment.  We will be lucky if it’s  all there.

Before the Federal government gives any more money to the state of California, as well as any other state, they should require some sort of proof that shows prior spending matched request or purpose for the funding..  It’s  not too much to ask for.  If you or I are going to give someone money, we are going to want to know what it’s  spent on.  We are going to expect it to be spent on what we were told it was for.

Newsome is just like every other Democrat in a leadership position, corrupt.  It wouldn’t  surprise me if the democrats weren’t busy rigging the 2020 election, while all the focus is on the pandemic.

The whole concept of waiting for a covid-19 vaccine is stupidity at its best.  We have been looking for a vaccine  for HIV since the early 80’s.  In 2019 the US spent a minimum of 34 billion  on HIV. 

Still  no vaccine.

Democrats know this.  Newsome and the rest of the democrat leadership are nothing more than a band of grifters.  They are an embarrassment to every American, among many other things.

Law Enforcement and the Justice Department need step up and start making arrests  Treat the politicians the same way they treat everyone else.   It will only take a few before they start telling on each other.  Then they all fall.  It’s  that easy.

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Declassification of House Intelligence Russia investigation documents

Declassification of documents.

Now we can see for ourselves how the Democrats lied to the public in matters related to the investigation into Trump/Russia collusion .  When reading the documents keep in mind the following:

“In 2017 and 2018, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) undertook an investigation into Russia’s interference campaign targeting the 2016 U.S. election. The Committee’s investigation came on the heels of an Intelligence Community assessment, which found:”

“Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

Here are some quotes from Adam Schiff.  Truth or false accusations?

“Whil” Special Counsel Mueller found insufficient evidence to prove the crime of criminal conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt, he refused to draw any conclusion on the issue of collusion — contrary to false representations made by Attorney General Bill Barr and others. There is ample evidence of the corrupt interactions between the Trump campaign and Russia, both direct and circumstantial, in the record:”


 “Trump and his son drafted a false statement for the press together in order to cover up the true purpose of the meeting. .”“Multiple witnesses sought to hide and cover up illicit activity related to Russia during the presidential campaign.”“And the transcripts also show that during the transition period in late 2016, the incoming National Security Advisor.”


“Despite taking part in this investigation and hearing these facts first-hand, the transcripts reveal how House Republicans used witness interviews not to gain the facts, but to press President Trump’s false narrative of ‘no collusion, no obstruction.’


“the White House held up their release to the public by refusing to allow the Intelligence Community to make redactions on the basis of classified information, rather than White House political interests.”

Source and additional information  click https://intelligence.house.gov/russiainvestigation/

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Deceptions of the sleazoid Swamp Donkey


Swamp Donkey –  Individual who is part of the Democrat party or allied with the Democrat party that deceives the citizens of America for personal gain.   A Swamp Donkey works against the will of the people, the government, the President. They think they are above the law.  They lack honor, integrity, and loyalty.  Public opinion indicates that they are responsible for many False Flag events.     Synonymous with  rats on a sinking ship,  traitor, periplaneta americana, deep state, globalist, Cabol, Illuminate, sell out, stooge, puppet, bottom feeders.”  Wikipedia
*A Wikipedia editor removed this entry claiming ” Attack Page”.  Wikipedia is a poor source being that the controlling editors lean politically left.  As a editor at Wikipedia I have challenged  it’s removal.  Although it’s an uphill battle, I still spend time trying to “balance” the level of political bias on wikipedia.  I encourage others to get involved.


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Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein co-founded the Clinton Foundation

This news came out more than 2 years ago, but I only discovered this today.

We already know that Bill Clinton had flown on the late convicted-pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express, dozens of times, as shown in flight logs.

There is also that portrait of Bill Clinton in drag in Epstein’s Manhattan home.

But the connection between the Clintons and Epstein went even deeper.

On July 6, 2016, Fox News alerted us to a 2007 letter by Epstein’s lawyers Alan Dershowitz and Gerald Lefcourt to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Florida, in which Epstein claimed he was part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). In 2013, CGI was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

In the words of the 2007 letter:

Mr. Epstein was part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative, which is described as a project “bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.” Focuses of this initiative include poverty, climate change, global health, and religious and ethnic conflicts.

The 2007 letter was aimed at boosting Epstein’s image to successfully negotiate a plea deal before Epstein could be tried for using underage girls in a sex ring. Epstein spent 13 months in prison and home detention after agreeing to a plea deal in which he admitted to soliciting just one underage girl for prostitution.

Below are screenshots of page one of the 23-page letter, followed by the excerpt from the letter pertaining to the claim of co-founding the Clinton Foundation.

Fox News could not confirm whether Epstein was an actual founder of the Clinton Foundation. He is not cited in official paperwork filed by the Clinton Global Initiative as a founder or director. However, neither the Clinton Foundation nor Dershowitz responded to FoxNews.com’s inquiry as to the extent of Epstein’s involvement.

What is true is that Jeffrey Epstein had supported the Clinton Foundation financially. This was not made public until 2014 when a whistle-blower released the names of the super-rich, including Epstein, who had Swiss accounts at the HSBC bank. From the whistle-blower’s data, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists documented $81 million being routed from HSBC Swiss accounts to The Clinton Foundation, including $25,000 from Epstein in 2006 .

The Clinton Foundation has raised hundreds of millions of dollars ostensibly for charitable works in places such as Haiti and Africa, but critics have accused the Clintons of using the foundation as a slush fund and have questioned how much of the donations actually went to helping the poor.

According to Wikpedia, beginning in 2015, the Clinton Foundation was accused of wrongdoing, including a bribery and pay-to-play scheme, “but multiple investigations through 2019 found no evidence of malfeasance.” Indeed, the Washington Post reports on January 9, 2020, that “A Justice Department inquiry launched more than two years ago to mollify conservatives clamoring for more investigations of Hillary Clinton has effectively ended with no tangible results…no criminal charges or other known impacts”.

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50 state attorneys general launch antitrust investigation of Google

Something is finally being done about Google, the tech behemoth that systematically discriminates against conservatives and Christians.

Tellingly, more than a year ago in May 2018, Google got rid of its unofficial “Don’t be evil” motto that had been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct since 2000.

On Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google‘s threat to competition, consumers and the continued growth of the web.

The Washington Post reports that the investigation is led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and seven other attorneys general, four Democrats and four Republicans in total. Every state except Alabama and California, the latter ironically the home of Silicon Valley, so far has signed onto the bipartisan effort, as have Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

During a news conference on Monday on the steps of the Supreme Court with officials from 11 states and the District of Columbia, Texas AG Ken Paxton, a Tea Party conservative, said the probe’s initial focus is Google’s online advertising, but promised the probe would go wherever the facts lead. State officials already have sent Google official legal demands for documents related to the investigation of online ads.

According to eMarketer, Google is expected to rake in more than $48 billion in U.S. digital ad revenue this year, far rivaling its peers, while capturing 75% of all spending on U.S. search ads. Describing Google as dominating “all aspects of advertising on the Internet and searching on the Internet,” Paxton said “They dominate the buyer side, the seller side, the auction side and the video side with YouTube.”

The other attorneys general raised additional complaints about Google, from the way the company processes and ranks search results to the extent to which it may not fully protect users’ personal information:

  • Sean Reyes, the Republican attorney general of Utah, said “There’s nothing wrong with being a dominant player when it’s done fairly,” and that while there is a “presumption” of innocence in such an investigation, still there is a “pervasiveness” to complaints about Google’s business practices.
  • Jeff Landry, the Republican attorney general of Louisiana, added: “We’re here because there’s an absolutely existential threat to our virtual marketplace.”
  • Ashley Moody, the Republican attorney general of Florida, said the states’ Google probe starts with the company’s vast data stores: “Google monitors our online behavior, and captures data on every one of us as we navigate the internet. This investigation will initially focus on capture of that information and whether Google embedded itself on every level of the online market [for] ad sales to monopolize this industry.”
  • Leslie Rutledge, a Republican attorney general from Arkansas, described Google as an “online search engine juggernaut” and raised her concern that searches for businesses, including doctors, are colored by the way the tech giant’s algorithms and advertising systems work — “I want the best advice, from the best doctors — not the doctor, not the clinic who can spend the most on advertising.”

Six years ago, federal watchdogs wrapped up an antitrust investigation into Google’s search and advertising practices and opted against bringing major penalties against the company, including breaking it up. Regulators around the world, however, have been more skeptical of Google: The European Union has issued the company $9 billion in competition-related fines over the past three years.

The attorneys general’s investigation marks the latest regulatory headache for Google and the rest of Silicon Valley, which have faced growing criticism — and widening state and federal scrutiny — into whether they’ve grown too big and powerful, undermining rivals and resulting in costlier or worse service for web users. Other probes include:

  • The Department of Justice and FTC also are scrutinizing Big Tech. DOJ has taken early interest in Google, and recently issued its first legal demand for records.
  • Another group of 11 state attorneys general — led by New York’s Letitia James — has begun their own probe against Facebook, on whether it violates competition laws and mishandles consumers’ personal information.

Some state leaders said they are working closely with their federal counterparts as these investigations unfold. But Karl Racine, the Democratic attorney general for D.C. and a participant in both the Facebook and Google probes, said he and the other state attorneys general wouldn’t hesitate to forge ahead if Washington once again opts against taking action against the tech giants: “The state attorneys general, they are an independent bunch, and they can be quite tenacious. So I’m very confident that this bipartisan group is going to be led by the facts, and not be swayed by any conclusion, that may fall short, if you will, if it’s inconsistent with our facts, on the [federal] side.”

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DOJ wants Apple & Google to surrender names of 10k+ users of a gun-scope app

Do you own a rifle? Do you have a scope to go with it, like the ATN X-Sight 4K Rifle Scope?

If you do, the U.S. government may soon know who you are, your phone number and other personal information.

Obsidian 4, made by American Technologies Network Corp, is an application that connects via Wifi your smart phone or tablet to the ATN X-Sight 4K or ThOR 4 rifle scope. This connection enables you to watch a live video stream of your hunt on your smart phone or tablet, as well as review the images and videos stored on your scope’s microSD card.

The Obsidian 4 app can be downloaded from Apple or Google.

Thomas Brewster reports for Forbes that on Sept. 5, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an application for a court order asking Google and Apple to hand over the personal information — names, phone numbers and other identifying data — of at least 100,000 users of the Obsidian 4 app, i.e., rifle-owners.

If the court signs off on the order, Apple and Google will be told to hand over the names, phone numbers and IP addresses (which could be used to determine the location of the user) of anyone who downloaded the scope app from August 1, 2017 to the current date. The government also wants to know when users were operating the app.

According to the Google Play page for Obsidian 4, it has more than 10,000 downloads. Apple doesn’t provide download numbers, which means the actual number of Obsidian 4 users far exceeds 10,000. 

Forbes calls this “an unprecedented move” because never before has the U.S. government demanded personal data of users of a single app from Apple and Google, or asked the Silicon Valley giants for information on so many thousands of people in one go.

According to the DOJ court order, which is supposed to be sealed and hidden from public view but Forbes obtained a copy, the ostensible reason for this unprecedented request is because the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department wants the information as part of a broad investigation into possible breaches of weapons export regulations, including illegal exports of ATN’s scope. Finding out where the Obsidian 4 app is in use will likely indicate where the hardware has been shipped. In the words of the court order: “the information requested herein will assist the government in identifying networks engaged in the unlawful export of this rifle scope through identifying end users located in countries to which export of this item is restricted.”

But privacy activists warn that if the court approves the demand, and Apple and Google decide to hand over the information, it could include data on not just users abroad who might be engaged in illegal shipments of the gun scope, but also on thousands of people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated:

  • Edin Omanovic of Privacy International’s State Surveillance program said it would set a dangerous precedent and scoop up “huge amounts of innocent people’s personal data. Such orders need to be based on suspicion and be particularized—this is neither.”
  • Tor Ekeland, a privacy lawyer, said the order amounted to a “fishing expedition” and that there’s a long history of that kind of behavior from the U.S. government. Ekeland warned that the government could apply this demand to other types of app, such as dating or health apps.: “The danger is the government will go on this fishing expedition, and they’ll see information unrelated to what they weren’t looking for and go after someone for something else. There’s a more profound issue here with the government able to vacuum up a vast amount of data on people they have no reason to suspect have committed any crime. They don’t have any probable cause to investigate, but they’re getting access to data on them.”
  • Jake Williams, a former NSA analyst and now a cybersecurity consultant at Rendition Infosec, said: “The idea that this data will only be used for pursuing ITAR violations is almost laughable. Google and Apple should definitely fight these requests as they represent a very slippery slope. This type of bulk data grab is seriously concerning for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the download of an application does not automatically imply the ‘intended use’ of the application. The idea that Google could be compelled to turn over, in secret, all of my identifiers and session data in its possession because I downloaded an application for research is such a broad overreach it’s ridiculous.”

Though the DOJ order is unprecedented in America, non-U.S. governments have tried a similar tactic before on a grander scale. As Forbes reported, an unnamed government had asked Apple for data on 58 million users of a single app as they tried to trace a terrorist cell. Apple declined to provide the data.

~Eowyn

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