If you never read my piece on how Mike Lindell isn’t real, he’s a character out of the Twilight Zone, do so now. It will explain everything. You probably read here last week how Lindell has a drone, which is going to fly around polling sites and “monitor” voting machines. Turns out, that’s illegal as hell and so Lindell walked that one back, toute suite. Here’s the problem with that.
Lindell boasted that his team is working on deploying WMDs for elections in Louisiana, a state that recently updated its criminal trespassing laws to clarify that flying an unauthorized surveillance drone above a building is just as illegal as sending it zooming through the interior.
“For purposes of this Subsection, the phrase ‘enter upon immovable property’ as used in this Subsection, in addition to its common meaning, signification, and connotation, shall include the operation of an unmanned aircraft system as defined by R.S. 14:337 in the air space over immovable property owned by another with the intent to conduct surveillance of the property or of any individual lawfully on the property,” Louisiana’s very specific trespass code reads.
Louisiana law also prohibits “the intentional use of an unmanned aircraft system to conduct surveillance of, gather evidence or collect information about, or photographically or electronically record a targeted facility without the prior written consent of the owner of the targeted facility,” which appears to foreclose on Lindell’s unmanned aircraft surveillance plan.
Oh well, it was fun while it lasted, right? So Mikey can’t replay the scene he did in Springfield, MO last week, where a drone flew in the back door — that is unless he wants to add criminal trespassing to his other legal headaches, namely two lawsuits, asking for a billion dollars each, brought by Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems.
During a Thursday event, he flew a drone-mounted device into a conference center and described it as a new technology designed to search polling sites for suspicious WiFi.
“This device, as it flew into this building, this wireless monitoring device, it just grabbed all of your cell phones, everybody in this room, every device that’s on the internet right now,” Lindell told his audience
He envisioned the device as part of a large, crowd-sourced effort to monitor polling location in real time from an app he developed.
Lindell on Friday maintained that his device his not a drone and that he envisions clerks controlling the equipment.
“The drone doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he clarified to The Daily Beast. “This is a thing to help our country. It secures our elections. The country clerks are going to have the device…they can see if one of these machines come online and they lied to us. Everyone says they’re not online. And I have Frank Social dot com app where everyone in their own neighborhood can watch what’s going on. The people voted in a house that eight people voted, only one person lives there—they’re going to see all that too.”
That sounds a bit too Big Brother-ish for my tastes.
Hit this link to hear Mike squirm on Charlie Kirk’s podcast. Now it’s not a drone. Now it’s something that hooks up to a router and uses radio waves to measure voting fraud. Whut? And no I don’t know whether a tin foil hat will improve reception, but hey, it can’t hurt, right?