Ooooo. This is going to be a thing.
Oooo. "The zeal in the Trump administration’s efforts to hunt leakers led to the extraordinary step of subpoenaing communications metadata from members of Congress — a nearly unheard-of move outside of corruption investigations. "
%@%(*&* "The Justice Department secured a gag order on Apple that expired this year, according to a person familiar with the inquiry, so lawmakers did not know they were being investigated until Apple informed them last month."
!!!!! " former Justice Department officials said: They lacked strong evidence, and a jury might not care about information reported years earlier."
OOOOOOO! "But Mr. Barr directed prosecutors to continue investigating, contending that the Justice Department’s National Security Division had allowed the cases to languish"
????? How long did the Intel Cmte know? It may have been a while....
..... "Mr. Demers, Ms. Edelstein, Mr. Blue and Mr. Benvenuto are still at the Justice Department, ensuring that Mr. Biden’s appointees, including Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, would have a full understanding of the investigations."
This is why:
1/ Surveillance of Members of Congress, whether direct or through mass collection, must be held to a higher standard
2/ All members should have and use trusted devices w/ encryption and have counter-surv training
3/ leaks inquiries shouldn't target press or members

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11 Jun
So in December 2020, Congress quietly passed a provision that **in theory** protects the Senate from what just happened to Adam Schiff & the House intel cmte staff. See page 1953. congress.gov/116/bills/hr13…
What does it do? It covers electronic communication services stored off-site from the Senate as if it were stored at the Senate. To obtain electronic records stored at the Senate, you have to show up with a warrant, which provides notice.
Under this provision, records held **remotely** by a third party are treated as if they are held at the Senate itself.

It also has an anti-gag provision, so the court cannot tell the 3rd party provider to not tell the Senate.
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10 Jun
I'm watching the US FOIA Advisory Committee meeting, which will consider recommendations on applying FOIA to certain legislative branch agencies. You can watch it here.

(If you want to make public comments, you can join via their webex)
I am fairly sure that @digiphile and @gingermccall are also following along.
The Leg subcommittee making its recommendations now re: (1) FOIA Fees; (2) FOIA Funding; (3) expanding FOIA's scope. (Most focus will be on #3 because there are recs).
Read 14 tweets
10 Jun
I've been learning about Sacagawea because my eldest is in elementary school -- what a grim story. Kidnapped from her tribe at 12 by another tribe, sold as a slave into a forced marriage at 13 alongside another wife, first kid by 16. Dead by 25. No known images of her.
Her "husband" was hired by Lewis & Clark for their expedition. She was some help as an interpreter and at points a guide, but her biggest value was her presence with his infant son, which told other tribes that L&C was not a raiding party.
As part of their travels they encountered her brother, who was chief of a tribe and she hadn't seen since before her first kidnapping. We aren't even sure what her original name was, and people called her different things. C nicknamed her "Janey."
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8 Jun
I'm reading the new @HSGAC + @SenateRules report on the Capitol Insurrection. You can find it here: rules.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
Here is the statement summarizing the contents. It is notable that the Committees did not receive fully cooperation from the Executive branch.

rules.senate.gov/news/press-rel…
"USCP's lead intelligence component ... was aware of the potential for violence in the days AND WEEKS ahead of January 6." (capitalization added) IICD failed to incorporate this info in its assessments....
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