In these sickening times, a Republican in public office who has a shred of integrity is as rare as the proverbial hen’s teeth. When we find one, we need to acknowledge them — keeping in mind, of course, how much damage they’ve helped do before they finally located that shred of integrity in the cold, fetid depths of their souls.
The guy’s name is Ron Filipkowski. We’ll get back to him.
Most of you know that Florida whistleblower Rebekah Jones, who has long since proven that the Republican-led state government has been brazenly lying about its infection and death tolls from the coronavirus, had a heavily armed squad of police officers force their way into her home to seize computer equipment. Jones compared the tactics of the police to the Nazi Gestapo after they threatened her, her husband, and her children with military-grade firearms.
She said in a tweet:
They took my phone and the computer I use every day to post the case numbers in Florida, and school cases for the entire country. They took evidence of corruption at the state level. They claimed it was about a security breach. This was [Governor Ron] DeSantis. He sent the [G]estapo.
There will be no update today.
At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my house and took all my hardware and tech.
They were serving a warrant on my computer after DOH filed a complaint.
They pointed a gun in my face. They pointed guns at my kids.. pic.twitter.com/DE2QfOmtPU
— Rebekah Jones (@GeoRebekah) December 7, 2020
Click into this tweet. There’s a lot more, all worth reading.
Shortly after that state-sanctioned brownshirt raid, Filipkowski, a veteran lawyer and former state and federal prosecutor, resigned his position on the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission in protest of the police raid.
(Remember what I said above? Filipkowski was appointed by Vlad DeSantis to appoint conservative stooges to Florida’s judiciary.)
He found the search warrant used to “justify” the raid on Jones’s home to be laughable and transparently political. In a statement, he said:
The recent events regarding public access to truthful data on the pandemic, and the specific treatment of Rebekah Jones has made the issue a legal one rather than just medical. …I no longer wish to serve the current government of Florida in any capacity.
He called DeSantis’s handling of the pandemic “reckless and irresponsible.”
Remember: for a Republican to use words like “reckless” and “irresponsible” is the equivalent of anyone else dousing themselves with gasoline and setting themselves on fire to protest something.
DeSantis’s goon squad obtained the warrant after reading an anonymous email on a Department of Health server urging people tp “Be a hero. Speak out before it’s too late.”
Filipkowski said after reading the search warrant:
What’s the crime? The crime is hacking into an email server to tell people to tell the truth? That’s not a horrible crime, if it’s a crime at all. …If what she did is illegal, it pales in comparison to the harm she was trying to prevent.
There’s no evidence that the DoH server was hacked, and if it was, that Jones did it.
Filipkowski went on to say:
Even though I was never happy with the way that DeSantis handled COVID, that is still separate and distinct from what I do on the JNC. But this is different because now what you’re doing is using police powers. You’re using law enforcement in intimidating people who are trying to tell the truth and now we are crossing over to my whole life as a prosecutor, employer, crusader. This is wrong. He is taking it to a different level.
Filipkowski, a former Marine, also worked with the Lincoln Project to support the Biden candidacy, and has appeared in a video by the Center for American Progress Action Fund opposing Trump’s reelection and accusing the president of politicizing the military and having “a very strong, authoritarian streak.”
Jones added on the Twitter thread posted above:
This is what happens to scientists who do their job honestly. This is what happens to people who speak truth to power.
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