Earlier this week, state police in Florida conducted an armed raid of COVID data scientist Rebekah Jones’ home, seizing her electronic devices and pointing guns at her kids, in retaliation for the fact that she blew the whistle on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ COVID coverup.
DeSantis claims that he had no advance knowledge of the raid, which no one believes, because of course he and his allies were behind it. Now it turns out the supposed reason for the raid isn’t believable either.
The state claimed that the raid was justified because Jones was suspected of hacking into an internal network to send a message to state employees about COVID. But now it turns out the message was simply sent to an email address that it had made publicly available. This means the warrant was fraudulently obtained, which in turn means a whole lot of people are in trouble.
This means one or more people in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lied to a judge in order to obtain a warrant. It means police were sent to carry out a fraudulently obtained warrant. It means Rebekah Jones has the mother of all civil suits, if she wants it. And it means the people who fraudulently obtained the warrant are in danger of going to prison. No wonder DeSantis is pretending he had nothing to do with this. It could end up taking down his governorship.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report