Facebook has been monitoring users’ private messages and informing the Justice Department of people who have questioned the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, the New York Post reported.
The social media giant also has alerted the department of users expressing anti-government or anti-authority sentiments during the past 19 months, Post columnist Miranda Devine, citing DOJ sources, said Thursday.
“It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause,” a Post source said. “Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena.”
The Facebook users whose private messages were red-flagged were all “conservative right-wing individuals,” a source told the Post.
“They were gun-toting, red-blooded Americans [who were] angry after the election and shooting off their mouths and talking about staging protests. There was nothing criminal, nothing about violence or massacring or assassinating anyone,” the source said.
The story said that Facebook red-flagged supposedly subversive private messages and transmitted them in redacted form to the FBI’s domestic terrorism operational unit without a subpoena.
The private messages have been farmed out as “leads” to FBI field offices, which then have requested subpoenas from district U.S attorney’s offices to officially obtain the conversations they’ve already seen.
“As soon as a subpoena was requested, within an hour, Facebook sent back gigabytes of data and photos. It was ready to go. They were just waiting for that legal process so they could send it,” a source said.
However, after FBI agents — who sometimes used covert surveillance techniques — investigated targeted Facebook users, nothing criminal or violent was found.
“It was a waste of our time,” said a Post source familiar with subpoena requests lodged following the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol.
The FBI, in a Wednesday statement to the Post, neither confirmed nor denied allegations about its joint operation with Facebook, which is designated as “unclassified/law enforcement sensitive.”
More at: Newsmax.com
Rep. Burgess Owens Rips Biden’s Open Border Policies: An ‘Unprecedented’ Crisis, ‘Every American Paying the Price’
Following Vice President Kamala Harris’s claims that the US-Mexico border is “secure,” Utah Rep. Burgess Owens slammed President Joe Biden and “Border Czar” Kamala Harris for the “unprecedented” humanitarian crisis every American is “paying the price” for due to the administration’s open border policies.
In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News on Thursday, Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) warned of the unprecedented number of illegal border crossings as well as the proliferation of deadly fentanyl across the country.
“There have been over 1.7 million illegal border crossings since October 2021 — the most the agency has recorded for any fiscal year since 1960,” he said, adding that fentanyl is “nearly 50 times as potent as heroin and the leading cause of death for adults aged 18 to 45,” and is now “free flowing into communities nationwide.”
Owens explained that since day one of the Biden-Harris administration, “There has been a dereliction of duty by President Biden and Border Czar Harris.”
“This administration’s open border policies have created an unprecedented humanitarian and national security crisis that has every American paying the price,” he added. “November can’t come soon enough.”
The statement follows Vice President Kamala Harris’s claims Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press that the U.S.-Mexico border is “secure,” though our immigration system is broken.
More at: Breitbart.com