On 2023-1-17, DC Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell issued a warrant, demanding Twitter to give special prosecutor Jack Smith private information of tens of millions of American citizens, mostly Trump supporters, including “… information relating to all other interactions between the SUBJECT ACCOUNT [@realDonaldTrump] and other Twitter users from October 2020 to January 2021, including all users who have followed, unfollowed, muted, unmuted, blocked, or unblocked the SUBJECT ACCOUNT… all lists of Twitter users who have favorited or retweeted tweets posted by the account, as well as all tweets that include the username associated with the account ...”
This order covers almost all US adults and practically everybody interested in politics. The demand includes an enormous amount of unquestionably private information: non-public direct messages (DM), non-public accounts, private lists and bookmarks of all accounts, private pictures, etc. It also includes searches the users conducted on Twitter. It seems to include the users’ locations, device types, and IP addresses of each citizen who followed or interacted with @realDonaldTrump account. It includes information from inside people’s homes and from smartphones they care on their bodies. Twitter also collects information about websites visited by its users (although not as much as Facebook and Google do), and it seems included in the warrant. It might include information inferred by Twitter from the user’s activities compared with all other users.
There are endless ways in which Jack Smith and his fellow ICC thugs can weaponize this information.
The Judge has also approved draconian penalties against Twitter for alleged non-compliance, demanded by Jack Smith: $50,000 on the first day, then doubled each day. That means an increase of ~1,000 times each ten days: $50M after ten days, $50B after 20 days, $50 Trillion after a month, and so on. With such fines and the judge’s attitude, Jack Smith could demand and receive any information about any Twitter user, even what is not included in the warrant!
Judge Howell said that she knew nothing about Twitter. She did not even know it was free for its users in the relevant period. Twitter could not physically deliver so much information, so unprecedented this warrant was.
This is just one example, which became known to the public accidentally.
The transcript of the hearing before Judge Howell (2023-02-09): https://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/sites/dcd/files/23sc31%20Attachment%20A%20-%20Documents%20unsealed%20with%20redactions.pdf