FBI collected “kill-data” on members of Congress

Thanks to Tim Pool for finding this article from The Independent, a major newspaper that has finally caught up with that which conservatives and freethinkers have known since the Capitol riot, 06 Jan, 2021:

US media reports of the invasion of the Capitol have contributed to the spread of hatred and fear

“The decline of journalism in America is made clear by the reporting of the attack”

” … Unsurprisingly, news coverage of the incursion has come to resemble war propaganda. All facts, true or false, are pointed in the same direction with the aim of demonising the enemy and anybody who minimises its demonic nature.”

The Intercept:


“Using special emergency powers and other measures, the FBI has collected reams of private cellphone data and communications that go beyond the videos that rioters shared widely on social media, according to two sources with knowledge of the collection effort.”

“In the hours and days after the Capitol riot, the FBI relied in some cases on emergency orders that do not require court authorization in order to quickly secure actual communications from people who were identified at the crime scene. Investigators have also relied on data “dumps” from cellphone towers in the area to provide a map of who was there, allowing them to trace call records — but not content — from the phones.”

“The cellphone data includes many records from the members of Congress and staff members who were at the Capitol that day to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory. The FBI is “searching cell towers and phones pinging off cell sites in the area to determine visitors to the Capitol,” a recently retired senior FBI official told The Intercept. The data is also being used to map links between suspects, which include members of Congress, they also said. (Capitol Police are reportedly investigating whether lawmakers helped rioters gain access to the Capitol as several Democrats have alleged they did, though Republican officials deny this.)”

Why is collection of metadata so bad? Because it can get you killed by the government.

ABC News:

Ex-NSA Chief: ‘We Kill People Based on Metadata’

Some will say my headline, the title of this post, is exaggerated and misleading. In one way that is true, but it’s also untrue, because metadata is used for imprisoning and even killing people when hunting them down. That’s why this data is collected by the fascistoid surveillance states in the West today. The attention-grabbing headline is also not that misleading if you read this:

The Atlantic:

How Team Obama Justifies the Killing of a 16-Year-Old American

The New York Times:

How to Defeat America’s Homegrown Insurgency

The Root:

Democrats Are Stuck With a Republican Party Rife With Conspiracy Theorists, Anarchists and Terrorist Sympathizers

Finally, some conservatives may be relieved that The Independent and people like Glenn Greenwald are criticizing corporate media on the American coasts, but few citizens will actually discover these voices of critical thinking. Feeling vindicated in principle should not lead to complacency about ultra-liberal propaganda that dominates the digital screens of average citizens. All propaganda is bad, also when it’s rightwing, of course. It contributes to surveillance, because if you demonize your opponents it leads to hatred and fear, as The Independent says, and that makes it easier to justify draconian surveillance.

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