Jim Comey Finally Has a Dastardly Criminal Who Made His Texts Unavailable

Jim Comey has been pushing for backdoors, implicitly in iPhones, for months based on the concern that a dastardly criminal might evade investigators by making texts unavailable.

He finally has a dastardly criminal he can point to: Tom Brady.

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If only Jim Comey had his back doors Roger Goodell would be able to sneak in by and and find proof that Tom Brady ordered to have his balls deflated.

Update: Ut oh. In his statement the criminal in question undermines my narrative.

First, Brady suggests that the NFL got all the communications of interest from his interlocutors.

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Much more interesting, he reveals he had a Samsung phone, and only got an iPhone6 with his new one.

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So Brady wasn’t using iMessage without backup to hide his dastardly evidence.

Marcy has been blogging full time since 2007. She’s known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and generally for her weedy analysis of document dumps.

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse and dog in Grand Rapids, MI.

10 replies
  1. P J Evans says:

    It’s nice to know that this is the most pressing item on Comey’s list of things to investigate.

  2. bloopie2 says:

    We don’t need no stinkin’ text messages; the destruction of evidence is enough to prove guilt. Just like encryption. Comey wins either way.

  3. der says:

    On things Patriots, Brady is a very private person who didn’t (apparently) and doesn’t (obviously) want the gossipy loudmouths on Park Avenue telling me things about him that are none of my business. Good for him, and Go Patriots! Losers.

  4. scribe says:

    Now you Brady fans all know how James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Steeler Nation felt when King Roger turned legal hits, featured in NFL marketing material as part of the excitement (spelled “v-i-o-l-e-n-c-e”) of The Game, into tens of thousands of dollars of fines and the NFL targeting him for discipline. From an article at the time ( http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2010/12/steelers-james-harrison-claims-nfl-targeting-him-with-discipline/1#.VbjEYLPD__U ):

    It led Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs to say that Harrison has been “red-flagged.”

    “The referees are kind of looking for him,” Suggs said. “Even if he breathes on a quarterback wrong, he might get a flag. … I think they are looking at him more closely than they are everybody else in the league.”

    Steelers LB Hines Ward lambasted the NFL on Wednesday and said league officials were “hypocrites” for administering the discipline system. Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher said the system was “outrageous.”

    But Harrison, who has steadfastly maintained that he plays within the rules and will not adjust his style, reiterated that he won’t change.

    “It angers me, of course, that they’re taking absurd amounts of money from me for plays that I consider to be clean and legal hits,” Harrison said. “I’m sure if you asked 10 guys in the league, nine of them would say he’s not a dirty player. He’s a hard player. He’s just getting a bad (reputation) right now.

    “I’m not playing dirty. I’m not doing anything that’s outside the lines. … There’s nothing malicious or illegal about the way I’m playing or I’m tackling guys, so I’m going to continue to play the way I’m playing.”

    At the time, we Steelers fans got the “tut-tut, if you’d just obey the rules you wouldn’t be in trouble, because we all know you’re dirty players and you’re just getting your just deserts”. Of course, when it’s your most intense rival – Suggs – supporting the claim, maybe it has some merit. Not too many QBs backing Biebs.

    Meanwhile, on the first day of camp, the Steelers held Harrison out of practice to protect him from himself. http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2015-pittsburgh-steelers-training-camp-news-times-schedule-tickets-updates/2015/7/26/9042645/steelers-olb-james-harrison-held-out-of-first-practice-to-protect-him

    And LeVeon Bell’s suspension (for being caught in a car with LeGarett Blount and a bale of pot) was reduced to 2 games.

  5. scribe says:

    This is one of the saner articles on the topic:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/some-of-tom-brady-s-staunchest-defenders-taken-aback-over-cell-phone-allegation-215436772.html

    How would you like to be a teammate of Brady, having defended him, only to find he punked you and the entire Patriot organization by destroying possible evidence? I suspect Mr. Kraft is none too happy today. And Cheatin’ Bill would dump Biebs in a second if he were anyone other than St. Tom Brady. Like that guy who allegedly left the scene of an accident earlier this summer.

    • pdaly says:

      I don’t know, scribe.
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      Since Mr. Goodell and Mr. Wells seem to believe Brady “guilty,” asking Brady to cough up his cell phone seems to border on demanding self-incrimination. By what right does the NFL claim access to a player’s private phone? This is different from requesting a urine toxicology screen.
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      Brady is a member of the players union, so what precedent would Brady have set turning over his cellphone merely at the NFL’s request?
      As noted in emptywheel’s update above, Brady stated the following on his facebook page:
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      Brady: “I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the N.F.L. that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells’s investigation that failing to subject my cellphone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.”
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      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/30/sports/football/tom-brady-says-hes-innocent-and-explains-phone-destruction.html?_r=0

  6. Skilly says:

    I am thinking scooter Libby.

    Wasn’t his conviction, according to Fitzpatrick, for obstruction? We can not sa whether laws were broken but for the obstruction of Mr. Libby that prevented the truth from coming forward?
    So too Mr. Brady materially obstructed the investigation. The quote from him above is rife with arrogance. In essence he says that his lawyers told them they could not have the phone, and I just made that a reality. Since my lawyers said so, it must be so. Plus, they did not say specifically that failur to give them my old phone would be obstruction per se, so nana nana!
    Patriot players must feel that the program has no faith in them to win. They are constantly gaming the system and rules to give them advantages no other teams have to give them a leg up. The players should feel that the organization dos not trust them to win without gimmick plays and rules exploitation.

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