Florida state police raid home of Rebekah Jones, data scientist who challenged DeSantis on coronavirus statistics
December 8, 2020 at 2:42 AM - Views: 88 #384054leftcoast mountainsParticipant
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December 7, 2020
Law enforcement authorities in Tallahassee, Fla., on Monday raided the home of a data scientist who had been fired by Gov. Ron DeSantis after refusing to manipulate numbers.
In the months since her firing, Rebekah Jones has continued to publish coronavirus statistics independently, while also issuing warnings on Twitter and cable news. DeSantis, meanwhile, has continued to downplay the severity of the epidemic, which has killed nearly 20,000 Floridians.
Jones posted video of the raid, which was conducted by Florida state police Monday morning. She said the police “took all my hardware and tech,” for which they obtained a warrant following a Department of Health complaint.
“They pointed a gun in my face,” Jones said in her message, which was shared by thousands of people. “They pointed guns at my kids.”
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December 8, 2020 at 2:50 AM #384055HaikugalModerator
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Thanks for this post, I had no idea this was going on. The wheels are coming off.
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December 8, 2020 at 6:43 AM #384072HassleCatParticipant
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seems to be that she used the health department internal message board to send a message to her former co-workers, urging them not to stay silent in the face of dishonesty. So her “crime” was unauthorized access to the computer message system,
December 8, 2020 at 1:46 PM #384084
December 8, 2020 at 2:29 PM #384091jerry611Participant
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Last month someone accessed the state’s emergency communication system designed to send emergency alerts to all essential emergency management personnel in the event of an emergency. Whoever broken into the system sent out a text urging employees of DOH to come out and tell the truth that the government is dishonest about the COVID numbers. According to the criminal complaint, the system was illegally accessed by an IP address that belongs to Rebekah Jones’s residence. According to police, when they tried to serve the search warrant at Jones’s residence, she refused to answer the door for 20 minutes and hung up on officers trying to call her. Police claim the family wasn’t being fully cooperative. However, Jones’s lawyer seem to be disputing that.
In April, Jones was the lead in creating the state’s COVID dashboard system that was to be used to track statistics on COVID throughout the state of Florida. She was then fired in May by the DOH. She claims she was fired because she refused to manipulate the COVID data to show that the virus wasn’t as bad as it really is. Since her firing, she’s been on a one-woman crusade of sorts attacking the state and especially DeSantis saying they are lying about the COVID statistics.
December 8, 2020 at 3:00 PM #384094FasttenseParticipant
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Gov Lee has been rigging the death rate numbers since May. TN has the lowest death rate in all the world.
But now Florida is arresting people who dare show the real numbers of dead Americans. That’s a very Nazi like move.
I swear to be a cop you have to be a Nazi now a days.
December 9, 2020 at 10:44 AM #384250CharlesParticipant
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Ron Filipkowski, a lifelong Republican appointed to the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Ron DeSantis, resigned Tuesday morning after reviewing the search warrant affidavit the state used to seize computers and phones from Rebekah Jones. https://t.co/MxdVUIfJw3
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December 9, 2020 at 4:27 PM #384304mrdmkParticipant
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Jones said she is worried investigators might use the opportunity to obtain information on her data sources. “The fact that I promised them I would never tell anybody who they were, or where they worked and I have failed to protect them, really f—–g pissed me off,” she said. But experts consulted by the <i>Times/Herald</i> said it would be outside of the scope of the warrant to search for anything beyond the message sent on Nov. 10.
The Governor’s office is out to fire people. It will be a good one in court with a wrongful termination suit saying, “We told them to keep their mouth’s shut!”
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December 10, 2020 at 1:31 PM #384481Bernie BoomerParticipant
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“But experts consulted by the <i>Times/Herald</i> said it would be outside of the scope of the warrant to search for anything beyond the message sent on Nov. 10.”
Right. Like that will stop them. Guaranteed they have already vacuumed up every single byte of information on her computer. Their only concern will be how to arrest her sources without admitting they violated the warrant.
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