Friday, January 06, 2023


If you write for Gateway Pundit, everything that happens in the world can be offered as proof that right-wing paranoia is justified. Here's GP's Patty McMurray writing about the recent multiple murder in Idaho. How, you ask, could that case possibly be tied to right-wing conspiracy theories? Like this:
Detectives Used Cell Phone Ping Data To Catch Idaho Murder Suspect “Fact-Checkers” Called “Not precise enough” When “2000 Mules” Investigators Used Same Technology To Catch Ballot Traffickers

... Detectives in the brutal murder case of four University of Idaho college students used cell phone ping data to help find 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger, the suspected Idaho murderer.

... A Latah County Sheriff’s deputy pulled him over on August 21 at 11.37 pm as part of a traffic stop – in which he provided his number.

During the stop, which was recorded on the officer’s body cam, Kohberger was driving his white Hyundai Elantra.

Because of the series of traffic stops, officers were able to link both the car and the phone number to Kohberger – and look up each time his device pinged the tower closest to the property.

The dishonest corporate media blasted [True] the Vote after providing their ping data to Dinesh D’Souza, which was used in his 2000 Mules documentary. The geo-tracking data from 5 key swing states was purchased by True the Vote from various brokers and was used to show patterns of ballot traffickers who made at least ten trips to ballot drop boxes and to various stash houses during the 2020 election.

Fake news “fact-checkers,” who social media giants use to help create or craft narratives by discrediting legitimate news sources which report the news the corporate media won’t, quickly debunked the theory that cell phone ping data could be used to reliably determine the location of ballot traffickers in the 2020 election.

[They] almost immediately attacked the data used to produce the “2000 Mules” movie, calling the ping data used by True the Vote unreliable or “not precise enough.”
But in the Idaho murder case, the police have cellphone data and DNA evidence and eyewitness accounts and visual matches to the car and tracking information on the car. The propagandists behind 2000 Mules have ... what exactly? tells us:
True the Vote says it created virtual “fences” around drop boxes and unnamed nonprofit organizations to capture people who visited them. It then aggregated lists of people who were in the vicinity of 10 or more drop boxes and five or more of the nonprofits (none of which is named). True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht alleges that the so-called “mules” picked up ballots from a “stack house” (one of the unidentified nonprofit organizations) and ran them to drop boxes....

Gregg Phillips of True the Vote says that in Atlanta, the group identified 242 “mules” who went to an average of 24 drop boxes and made an average of eight stops at one of the nonprofits during a two-week period. The group says it proves “coordinated, systematic fraud in all key states where the election was decided” and that the number of alleged illegal votes was enough to swing the 2020 presidential election in Biden’s favor....

But some experts say the data prove nothing....

Cooper Quintin, a senior staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, ... said ... GPS data from apps on cellphones are only accurate to around 40 feet....

“That’s not accurate enough to tell if someone stopped at a ballot box, or if someone simply walked near the box,” Quintin said. “If it is a high-traffic area, I can think of any number of legitimate reasons why someone would be in the vicinity of a ballot box.”

Delivery drivers, poll workers, election officials — all might have reason to be in the vicinity of numerous drop boxes, he said. Certainly, he said, it doesn’t provide enough evidence to uphold the group’s claims about 2,000 mules, he said....

But stuffing fraudulent ballots is not the only reason to be in the vicinity of a drop box. For example, Pennsylvania state Sen. Sharif Street told the AP that he was probably counted as a so-called mule because he attended numerous drop box rallies and stopped by nonprofit offices. And, he said, he likely accounted for several of the signals, as he carries a cellphone, a watch with a cellular connection, a tablet with a cellular connection and a mobile hotspot, and he has a staffer who typically travels with him and carries two devices.

“I did no ballot stuffing, but over the course of time, I literally probably account for hundreds and hundreds of their unique visits, even though I’m a single actor in a single vehicle moving back and forth in my ordinary course of business,” Street said.
Where were the dropboxes? At city halls. At courthouses. At boards of elections. At community centers. At libraries. They were in places many people visit in the course of a day.

Now here's the Idaho house where the murders took place:

It's a residential dwelling in Moscow, Idaho (population 25,435). There's not much reason for your cellphone to be pinging there apart from the house and maybe another house or two nearby. There's nothing commercial or governmental within 40 feet; there aren't any social services. And the authorities have lots of other evidence.

Regrettably, there are idiots in America who are likely to find this persuasive. And they vote.

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