Whereas Apple refused to help the feds break into the iPhone of the San Bernardino terrorists, Google is reportedly regularly forwarding their “far-right” users’ names, addresses and other data to police just for “expressing extremist views.”
NEW: Blueleaks documents show that Google doesn't appear to need a warrant to hand over user data to the feds https://t.co/G6N24DHnpa
— Jason Wilson (@jason_a_w) August 17, 2020
A little-known investigative unit inside search giant Google regularly forwarded detailed personal information on the company’s users to members of a counter-terrorist fusion center in California’s Bay Area, according to leaked documents reviewed by the Guardian.
But checking the documents against Google’s platforms reveals that in some cases Google did not necessarily ban the users they reported to the authorities, and some still have accounts on YouTube, Gmail and other services.
The users were often threatening violence or otherwise expressing extremist views, often associated with the far right.
The documents come from the so-called “Blueleaks” trove, which hackers acquired from the servers of a hosting company in Texas which had been used by several law enforcement agencies. It contains hundreds of thousands of documents from more than 200 agencies, dated between 1996 and June 2020.
[…] The Google documents containing subscriber information are signed by the company’s CyberCrime Investigation Group (CIG). CIG has been mentioned in coverage of criminal proceedings based on their reports, but its raw output to law enforcement agencies has never been exposed to public view.
In the Blueleaks trove, the documents are associated with the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, part of a nationwide network of fusion centers, which were created after 9/11 to facilitate information sharing between state, federal, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
I Googled the CyberCrime Investigation Group and found this profile of a current Google employee, Tate Jarrow, which lists him as the former “lead investigator on Google’s CyberCrime Investigation Group.”
He previously worked as a Special Agent in the United States Secret Service and an US Army Infantry Officer.
The Guardian continues:
The Google documents retained by NCRIC highlight the activities of individual users, providing detailed subscriber information, which often includes real names, street addresses, credit card numbers, Gmail and recovery email addresses, YouTube channel addresses and the time and IP addresses of recent logins.
Many of the documents also include copies of comments users have made on Google services like YouTube.
One user whose comments Google passed onto police appeared to threaten racist and terrorist violence.
On a now-deleted video on the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton by Canadian white nationalist, Stefan Molyneux (whose channel YouTube has now banned), the user wrote: “Hi guys, i need your help, i cant help but look at those shooters and think, that could be me. I watch Stefan, and black pilled and many others on the right. I think i should do the same thing they are doing.”
The user then went on to discuss methods of making explosive devices.
But the same user also discussed making explosives in other comments which were still visible on YouTube at the time of reporting, along with the user’s account.
On a video alleging acts of brutality by local police, the user appended comments urging others to “kill them, when you go to trial i wouldn’t find you guilty for shooting these criminals. Kill them all”.
Perhaps the user is still on because he’s a fed.
According to Google’s reports, the same user appended racial slurs to videos reporting crimes which Google has since removed.
A second user who still has an account on the site made threats of racist and anti-police violence on a number of videos.
On a video of an incident where police appear to run a woman down with their car in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the second user writes, “Thats vehicular homicide. Need to walk into his house inhis sleep amd shoot his children” (sic).
On another video, a report from Russian outlet RT on the coronavirus, the same user writes: “I want the name of the Asian doctor that let the coronavirus outbreak happen. Im going to shoot his daughter in the face”.
Google also reported three videos by a third user — who is identified by name, address, phone number, email address, IP address and alternate account — all of which remain on YouTube.
The reports contain detailed descriptions of the three videos, including “At around 1:10, the words ‘Muskets would be glowing RED” appear on the screen. Assault weapons are visible in the background. At 3:28, subject asks: “Where is your line in the sand? When is enough, enough?'”, and “Video is titled ‘A Toast to the Few & the BooGaLoo.'”
The third user appears to be a man who goes by the name Will Patriot and runs the channel “Prepping Patriot.”
“I am a FIRM supporter of the U.S. Constitution, & Love GOD, Family, & Country (in that order),” Will Patriot says in his profile on YouTube. “I am an LEO Veteran, Martial Arts Expert, and furthermore- served as a Sniper for a Multi-Jurisdictional S.R.T. (SWAT).”
His video “A Toast to the Few & the BooGaLoo” was posted on May 29, 2020.
In the video, he doesn’t say anything violent or inciting.
Will Patriot says the media “is not telling us the truth” and “we’re being lied to every which way we we turn.”
“Our government’s lying to us, our police are lying to us, everyone’s lying to us,” Will says. “No one’s telling the truth but we know what’s going on, most of us do. I hope you’re getting prepared for what’s coming. I hope you’ve joined with like-minded individuals that will help you be better prepared and face the storm ahead. If you haven’t and you’re looking for like-minded people, hit us up, we’d love to chat with you, no matter what state you’re in.”
Black Lives Matter and antifa are rioting, looting and beating people in the streets with impunity but red-blooded Americans are being reported to police by Google for preparing for this system’s collapse and asking, “When is enough, enough?”
I reached out to Will for comment and he responded in a video on YouTube.
Will said he wasn’t aware that Google had apparently given out all his private information to law enforcement until I emailed him to ask him about it. He said he has never been charged with a violent crime and has never advocated for criminal violence or issued any death threats in any of his videos.
Will said the he was “absolutely not” advocating for violence in the video where he suggested that “our forefathers’ muskets would be glowing red” and asked “when it enough, enough?”
Responding to a question I sent asking whether he was advocating for violence in the video, Will responded saying, “No, I absolutely wasn’t.”
“Again, I was stating a fact, if our forefathers were alive now and seen all this heinous bull crap going on all these riotings, these killings, these innocent white people — just like the child that got murdered riding his bicycle here the other day — call it like it is right, a black man walked right up to him shot him right in the head dead riding his bicycle in the neighborhood, did you hear anything on the news about that? No, you didn’t, you know why because it doesn’t fit their narrative. You’re not going to hear anything about all that stuff, you know they’re only going to pick and choose things to run with that fits their narrative … Was I advocating for violence when I said those comments? No, absolutely not, I was telling it like it is, it was absolute fact — if our forefathers were here right now their muskets would be glowing red, no doubt about it.”
Will continued: “‘When is enough, enough?’ What did I mean by that? Very simple, when is the American people — the true American people out there, not not these phony baloney left libtards out there — the real true Americans, gonna stand up and stop this stuff? We’ve sit back and remained this sleeping giant giant for too long, far too long. Just like I mentioned in a lot of my other videos before, the line in the sand for me was crossed a long time ago but I’m just one man, I’m just one man, it takes a village, big village, in this case right, so no I’m not advocating for violence, I never have, I never will. That being said, I will always protect what’s mine, me, my family, my rights, my god-given rights that no man could ever take away from me. I will always defend those … I took that oath [to support and defend the Constitution] more than once in my lifetime — I took it to heart, it means something to me, it still means something to me, it never expires.”
I don’t think anyone can really argue with what he said. Our forefathers rioted over a three-penny per pound tax on tea.
Incidentally, note there’s no mention in this article of any leftists being reported to police even though they’re rioting and killing people!
While many of the comments appear to threaten other users, law enforcement, or Google employees, and many of the users appear to share far right extremist ideologies, many of those users and their comments remain on Google’s services.
That’s because it’s a honeypot.
Other users are identified by more sophisticated methods, and while some are banned from YouTube, they appear to retain access to other Google services.
One user was identified by matching two separate Gmail addresses to a single Android device, which yielded the user’s name, age, address and phone number.
That user had posted YouTube comments making anti-Jewish comments, praising white supremacist terrorists, including mass killers, and suggesting he may emulate them.
But the report indicates that the user still has two Gmail accounts.
While many of the reports sent by Google feature violent or racist threats, some are more indicative of thoughts of suicide or self harm, or simply mental distress.
Google did not immediately respond to detailed questions about its reporting system, user privacy and the company’s relationship to law enforcement.
[…] But equality and privacy advocates were concerned about Google’s role in voluntarily passing on user data to law enforcement.
Saira Hussein, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, said in a phone conversation that EFF was concerned about the “vast amounts of user data” Google appeared to be voluntarily passing on to law enforcement, but questioned Google’s goal in doing so.
“Are they expecting law enforcement to do something, or is this just a way of covering themselves? Does Google see its responsibility as simply reporting this to law enforcement and moving on?” Hussein said.
What comes to my mind is how President Trump gave a chilling speech after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton (he didn’t even mention the latter, which was carried out by a radical leftist) on August 5, 2019 where he demanded anti-Second Amendment “red flag” gun seizure laws, swift executions for so-called “hate crimes,” “involuntary confinement” for people the state deems “mentally disturbed,” and directed the DOJ to work with states, local law enforcement and social media sites to “detect mass shooters before they strike.”
“I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partisan — partnership with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike,” Trump said.
The time frame matches up perfectly and there were reports suggesting Attorney General William Barr followed it up.
That’s not to excuse Google’s actions, Apple certainly doesn’t seem to be proactively handing over all their users’ private data to the feds for thought crimes.
Google isn’t under any legal obligation to hand over this data if they’re not presented with a warrant and they could easily use their billions of dollars to fight any warrants the same way Apple did.
It seems to me like Sundar Pichai, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Susan Wojcicki just want to work with the feds to throw “far-right” dissidents in prison.
[Clarification: Jarrow’s profile lists him as the former lead investigator on Google’s CyberCrime Investigation Group. The time frame for when he stopped serving in that role is not clear. The leaks run up until June 2020 and at least one of the videos reportedly sent to law enforcement was posted as late as May 29, 2020.]
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