Happy Hour News
Just like they said back in the Watergate days (I’m told), it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up:
Cybersecurity experts and former government leaders are stunned by how poorly the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security handled the preservation of officials’ text messages and other data from around Jan. 6, 2021, saying the top agencies entrusted with fighting cybercrime should never have bungled the simple task of backing up agents’ phones.
Experts are divided over whether the disappearance of phone data from around the time of the insurrection is a sign of incompetence, an intentional coverup, or some murkier middle ground. But the failure has raised suspicions about the disposition of records that could provide intimate details about what happened on that chaotic day, and whose preservation was mandated by federal law.
I think you’d have to be pretty naive to think that it is a coincidence, and yeah I”m cynical.
This twitter thread sums it up nicely (I unrolled it so if you click it is not on twitter, but I cannot copy and past it, so here’s a summary of what it says (each tweet links out to documentation, too, so it is footnoted as it were), and you tell me if this is a coinkydink :
- “Meadows burned papers after meeting with Scott Perry, Jan. 6 panel told”
- Meadows and Rep. Perry used Signal, an encrypted messaging platform, when discussing elevating Clark to the position of acting attorney general.
- Jan.5, 2021: A member of Congress texted Meadows, “Please check your signal.”
- The Chief White House photographer was told “no photographs” of Trump between 1:21pm and 4:00pm despite her wanting to do so because she thought it was “very important for his archives and for history.”
- “The Presidential call log from January 6th. As you can see, there’s no official record of President Trump receiving or placing a call between 11:06 and 6:54 PM. … The Presidential Daily Diary is also silent.”
- “Federal prosecutors have begun a grand jury investigation into whether classified White House documents that ended up at former President Donald J. Trump’s Florida home were mishandled.”
- “Mark Meadows and the National Archives are in talks over potential records he did ‘not properly’ turn over from his personal phone and email account.”
- “Text messages for … Trump’s acting homeland security secretary Chad Wolf and acting deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli are missing for a key period leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol”
- U.S. Secret Service “agency employees received two emails — at least one prior to Jan. 6, 2021 — reminding them to preserve records on their cellphones, including text messages.”
- DHS Inspector General “learned in February that the Secret Service had purged nearly all cellphone texts from around the time of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack … but chose not to alert Congress.”
- On DHS top officials missing texts, DHS Inspector General Cuffari “did not press the department leadership at that time to explain…nor seek ways to recover the lost data … also failed to alert Congress.”
I had not thought about #6 in relationship to the Coup, but dropped into this context, it actually makes perfect sense.
I believe in Trump’s Razor: Ascertain the stupidest possible scenario that can be reconciled with the available facts and that answer is likely correct.
It’s a coverup from the Gang that Cannot Walk Down Ramps Straight.