The upcoming train accident on January 6th
With the DOJ’s first conviction, the legal realities disappoint the bloodlust of the left.
The January 6th clash over the Capitol could be the gift that cynics everywhere pass on. In the months ahead, Americans are likely to experience mind-boggling bureaucratic debacles, mind-boggling abuses by federal prosecutors, and excruciating thirst for blood from angry Biden supporters. Perhaps the least likely outcome is that the impending train wreck will restore confidence in American democracy.
The Ministry of Justice explained last week, “The Capitol Breach investigation and prosecution will be the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of accused and the nature and extent of the evidence.” The federal agencies sort “237,000 digital tips, 1 million Parler videos, and 40 terabytes of images scraped from the Internet – that’s roughly 10 million photos, 20,000 hours of video, or 50,000 filing cabinets of paper documents.”Washington Post reported. Investigators are also sorting “data from cell towers for thousands of electronic devices connected to the Capitol’s internal distributed antenna system,” information from telephone companies, Google, and other data aggregation companies. The problem is compounded because many government employees are slow readers.
More than 500 protesters have already been charged in federal court, but their trials are likely to be postponed until at least next year. Federal Judge John Bates recently warned that evidence could lead judges to “go on the warpath.” If judges conclude that the Justice Department has been holding the January 6 defendants inappropriately for too long (often in solitary confinement), court orders could untangle prosecutors’ long-term plans.
Federal lawsuits against protesters on January 6 build on what a savvy electronic evidence advisor calls “The Nightmare of the Tower of Babel. ”While federal agents enjoyed the over 300,000 tips the FBI received in relation to protesters on Jan. 6, prosecutors are required to sift through the hairballs and provide potentially exculpatory evidence to each defendant and their attorneys. The biggest data dump ever made is likely to spark a deluge of accidental or willful withholding of evidence. The Justice Department recently notified defense attorneys that they “Build a system to receive the data“Delivered the Feds. Prosecutors also whine because a federal judge prevented them from relying on a private contractor to organize secret grand jury evidence.
The Justice Department may delay releasing most of the 14,000+ hours of video surveillance from inside the Capitol on Jan. 6 to preserve Biden’s “domestic terrorism” story of that day’s events. Even before Trump supporters flocked to the Capitol that day, Democrats accused them of sedition for filing legal challenges against the 2020 election results, including popular Twitter hashtags like #GOPSeditiousTraitors and #Terrat Against America. After the mob delayed the Congressional process by six hours, congressional leaders compared the disruption to the 9/11 attacks, Pearl Harbor, and the 1812 War. The Justice Department may also hesitate to release evidence because it is reluctant to disclose what The role federal informants or undercover agents played in inciting or spreading violence that day.
For the January 6th defendants, federal prosecutors use a simple formula: Trespassing plus thought crimes equals terrorism. On Monday, Paul Hodgkins was sentenced to 8 months in prison despite federal authorities admitting he simply took selfies, wore a Trump t-shirt and carried a Trump flag to the Senate Chamber, and “did not personally participate or become engaged” in violence or destruction of property. ”Although Hodgkins pleaded guilty to obstructing an official trial, Biden’s Justice Department demanded a long sentence for Hodgkins to“ deter domestic terrorism ”. This is comparable to prosecutors demanding a harsh sentence for a confessing jaywalker because his negligent behavior could have caused a school bus to crash.
As the Justice Department stumbles toward paralysis, many Americans howl for the heads of the Jan. 6 defendants. In his Gulag archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn described the great public outrage that accompanied a prominent Soviet show trial of accused vermin: “There were universal gatherings and demonstrations (including school children). It was the newspaper march of millions, and from the windows of the courtroom the roar rose: “Death! Death! Death! ‘“ The same spectacle was on Twitter and in the comments section of the Washington Post, among other things.
One Washington PostCommentator explains that “the only effective way for the government to respond to an act of war by domestic terrorists is to be prepared to meet them with machine guns and flamethrowers and mow them down. Not one of those terrorists who broke police lines [on January 6] Should have escaped alive. ”Hodgkin’s judgment startled and angry post Office Reader. One wrote, “I am terrified of the pathetic 8-month sentence … I fear the government is losing its ability to protect us from madmen (look at the insane and tweakers who roam our streets untreated) and right-wing Q-inspired terrorists.” Another commented“He should have received the death penalty for sedition.” As always, a commentator even resorted to the Nazis to find an analogy, writing: “It is comparable to the 9 months Adolf Hitler served against the German government after participating in an attempted coup in 1923. Do you remember how that turned out? “
When convicting Hodgkins, Federal Judge Randolph Moss stated that his actions would “make it difficult for all of us to tell our children and grandchildren that democracy is the immutable foundation of our nation.” Unfortunately, judges come across as casual when American democracy is instead undermined by federal agencies. Federal Judge James Boasberg said after FBI Assistant General Counsel Kevin Clinesmith admitted falsifying vital evidence in order to obtain a FISA search warrant to spy on Trump’s presidential campaign overflowing with compassion at the verdict: “Mr. Clinesmith lost his civil service job – which gave his life a lot of meaning. ”Boasberg despised the federal prosecutor’s recommendation (who said the“ resulting damage is an immeasurable recommendation ”from Clinesmith’s action) and slapped Clinesmith – 400 hours community service and 12 months probation. The Justice Department Inspector General documented many other abuse of power and fraud by FBI officials in the investigations into Hillary Clinton or Trump, but not a single FBI officer has spent a day behind bars.
Justice Department prosecutors caught in a Catch-22 pressured by the White House to harvest as many scalps as possible but crippled by the lack of evidence that most of the accused were guilty of other than trespassing.deliberately and knowingly parading“In the Capitol? Political pressure for high profile convictions resulted in catastrophic courtroom defeats for federal attorneys prosecuting Ruby Ridge, the Davidian branch standoff in Waco, and other cases. If juries dismiss prosecutors on more than a few cases on Jan. 6, the entire political plot could quickly collapse.
Federal Prosecutor Mona Sedky calls for severe punishments for the January 6th defendants for “the need to respect the law”. But at this point, “respecting the law” is a loss leader in the process. That won’t fix when people realize that taking selfies can improve the federal fine.
James Bovard is the author of Lost rights, Attention deficit democracy, and Public policy hooligan. He is also a USA today Columnist. Follow him on Twitter @JimBovard.
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