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US House Rep Mo Brooks (R-AL) seemingly revealed his Gmail password and a PIN in a Sunday rage tweet about a lawsuit regarding the January 6 insurrection attempt. Brooks, who sits on the House's Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems subcommittee, and the Science, Space, and Technology committee, tweeted a …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Jeebus Cribes, that tweet

    Is writing like a particularly articulate five-year-old having a tantrum the standard for political discourse in the US now?

    1. ShadowSystems

      Re: Jeebus Cribes, that tweet

      For Republicans, yes. They took their glorious tweeter in chief as their literary style guide and have never looked back. Just ignore them as so much verbose verbal vitriolic vomit. The rest of us are trying to live a much saner existence now that the OHSG is no longer in charge...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Jeebus Cribes, that tweet

        While your not especially wrong, you missed the chance to call out the fact that we have been handing congressional oversight of science and technology committees to people who are barely literate and technically incompetent before 45 showed up.

        So while you are right that the current idiot technophobe should be removed from oversight of something they are incapable of understanding, we also need to queue up the rest of of them.

        The only real question is Heap or Stack?

        1. David 132 Silver badge
          Happy

          Re: Jeebus Cribes, that tweet

          While your not especially wrong

          In a comment criticizing other people's standards of literacy. Oh, the irony.

          Muphry's Law strikes once more.

        2. Kane Silver badge
          Joke

          Re: Jeebus Cribes, that tweet

          "The only real question is Heap or Stack?"

          No, the only real question is tab or space?

        3. ShadowDragon8685

          Re: Jeebus Cribes, that tweet

          > The only real question is Heap or Stack?

          You magnificent bastard, take my upvote and be damned!

    2. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: Jeebus Cribes, that tweet

      >Is writing like a particularly articulate five-year-old having a tantrum the standard for political discourse in the US now?

      More of a aspiration

  2. Eclectic Man Silver badge

    Criminal Trespass

    I'm intrigued at how an officer of a court serving legal papers at someone's home address can be guilty of "criminal" trespass. Does this mean that if the post person delivers mail someone doesn't like by actually visiting their home, the post person is guilty of trespass?

    Could el Reg's Legal Beagles please advise?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Criminal Trespass

      Sure, here stateside a process server is not always an officer of the court or member of law enforcement. Some people will make a lifestyle choice out of ducking them to try to stave of court proceedings. That said, while the protections aren't a ridiculous as for bail bondsmen (who in the USA can literally kill you) a process server has some more leeway in service of process, and is unlikely to arrested themselves for simply serving paper on someone.

      It's kinda nasty work though as it's pretty common for people to flip out and attack you. Money isn't bad if you can clear cases, but you need to be on point for following the rules to a T and documenting everything, as the people who duck process servers will do anything to trip you up, and probably try to lie about being served. So much like reading Miranda rights, most people stick to a script when serving papers on someone.

      Post is a little different, as they only deliver to a designated mail drop point. So if the postman/woman were wandering around in your back yard the would probably get canned, and could get hit for tresspass.In the case of registered mail, they require a signature, but if the person it's addressed to hides or refused to sign the post will return it to the sender.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Criminal Trespass

        Actually, the postman wandering around in your American back yard,or driving 80 in a 35, can't be held, arrested, or prosecuted because its written into the U.S. constitution.

        1. ShadowDragon8685

          Re: Criminal Trespass

          [Citation Needed] there, buckaroo banzai.

          And I'm going to give you some large latitude to presume that you have some sort of prior case law on the books extrapolating a mail carrier's lawful duty to exceed the speed limit by more than double from something in the Constitution, which I do not believe makes any mention of speed or speed limitation enforcement.

          1. sev.monster Bronze badge

            Re: Criminal Trespass

            It's right there in Amendment 49: "Thou shalt not go faster than 50 feet per second on yonder horse-drawn carriage, else God smite ye."

    2. s2bu

      Re: Criminal Trespass

      He claims that they actually entered his house without permission.

      1. yetanotheraoc

        Re: Criminal Trespass

        I doubt the process server broke the law. I wonder if these days they take pictures, similar to the delivery drivers taking a picture of the porch, in case the customer claims the package was never left.. I wasn't there, but the likely scenario is Mrs. Brooks let the process server in, and Mr. Brooks is now saying that *his* permission was required.

        Anyway the most significant fact to me is by his response he basically admits he was indeed ducking the process server. Not cool.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Criminal Trespass

          It is being reported the process server was parked outside, Mrs B drove up, opened the garage door and left it open. The server walked into the garage and handed her the papers. Going to be hard to prove that is 'criminal trespass'.

    3. EricB123

      Re: Criminal Trespass

      Has anyone seen Louie, the mail shredding poodle on TikTok? Sounds like this guy needed to borrow Louie for a day.

  3. Magani
    Facepalm

    IT Security

    "...tweeted a photo from an iPad of his Windows computer, attached to which was a piece of paper with login credentials written on it."

    Stupid is as stupid does. (F Gump, esq)

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: IT Security

      Yeah. Like learning to use the PrtScr button or whatever Windows does these days to capture a screen image instead of using a $1000 iPad to achieve a poorer result :-)

      1. ShadowDragon8685

        Re: IT Security

        ProTip: You can use ALT+PrintScreen to capture only the active window! It's even handier!

    2. ShadowDragon8685

      Re: IT Security

      What else should be expected from a man whose brilliant idea to avoid court proceedings despite being an ultra-high-prominence public figure was basically the same strategy as that of every deadbeat sperm-slinger - avoid the process server and pretend you don't know anything about any court proceedings.

      How it should've gone should be this clown comes to the capital, a U.S. Capitol Policeman checks to confirm that he's in his office, detains him there, and then another policeman escorts the process server to his office and says "you're served and it's witnessed and recorded on body-cam."

  4. nematoad Silver badge
    FAIL

    Indeed.

    "...and confirmation that the credentials are now useless."

    Much like Representative Brooks then.

    Idiot.

    1. Eclectic Man Silver badge

      Re: Indeed.

      nematode: "Much like Representative Brooks then.

      Idiot."

      But his twitter account says he's been "endorsed by President Trump".

      Ohh, I see what you did there, subtle, very subtle.

    2. Sandtitz Silver badge
      Happy

      Re: Indeed.

      I first thought of Mel Brooks and Spaceballs.

      President Skroob had 1-2-3-4-5 code in his luggage, did Mo here have the same?

    3. Jellied Eel Silver badge

      Re: Who is Susan Rosenberg?

      ..he engaged in a juvenile game of Twitter trolling over the past few days and continued to evade service.

      So far, so normal for 21st Century politics. Procedurally it seems a bit strange to this non-American, ie powers to compel witnesses. Or just waiting for Rep.Brooks to show up at the office and serve him there.

      But there's nothing like a good witch hunt to boost popcorn sales.

      1. Sven Coenye

        Re: Who is Susan Rosenberg?

        Due to the Jan 6 fracas Brooks helped instigate, his office building was off-limits to all but Members and credentialed staff. The process servers couldn't get near it.

        1. Jellied Eel Silver badge

          Re: Who is Susan Rosenberg?

          But..

          Brooks was rather peeved that he had been served legal papers by House Rep Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who has sued Brooks, Donald Trump Jr, and Rudy Giuliani for allegedly helping to instigate the January storming of the Capitol.

          And.. from Swalwell's wiki entry-

          Swalwell called for greater authenticity from politicians, saying that politicians should not insult each other publicly and then expect to have friendly relationships "backstage", and comparing the behavior of some politicians to a fake, entertainment-focused professional wrestling show

          I guess he's become a bit more media savvy since then, but presumably couldn't find Brooks's office to serve the papers.

          But such is politics, and popcorn futures. Now all Swalwell has to do is make it's case, much as the State did back in '83. Then declare a 'Capital Day' to commemorate the 'storming', much as the French did..

          1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

            Re: Who is Susan Rosenberg?

            Eh? Swalwell isn't a process server. Why would he be personally serving papers to Brooks?

            1. Jellied Eel Silver badge

              Re: Who is Susan Rosenberg?

              Technically, Swalwell couldn't given he's obviously a party to the case. But working for the same company, shouldn't have been too hard to get someone to serve papers at the office. Not sure if Swalwell's staff would count as being parties. But Swalwell is presumably smart enough to have figured out how to prevent his case being SLAPP'd down, yet not smart enough to ensure service.

        2. ShadowDragon8685

          Re: Who is Susan Rosenberg?

          A process server should be able to get a policeman to escort him in. Police officers should absolutely be helping officials of the court or couriers carrying official documents to place those papers on the appropriate desk.

  5. Neoc
    Angel

    Is this the US remake of "Are you Being Served?"

    If so, I think they missed the point of British humour.

    1. stiine Silver badge

      Is there a point of British humour?

  6. batfink Silver badge

    Excellent

    So this fuckwit sits on the House's Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems subcommittee, and the Science, Space, and Technology committee, and he not only has the classic credentials-on-a-postit-note-on-the-screen but is also stupid enough to photograph them and post them on t'internet.

    I guess the requirements for getting on these committees are fairly low then?

    You Americans are doomed.

    1. yetanotheraoc

      Re: Excellent

      "You Americans are doomed."

      Good news: Yes, we are doomed.

      Bad news: We are taking the rest of you with us.

      1. ShadowDragon8685

        Re: Excellent

        (America) Fuck yeah!

        We're all going down together.

    2. Captain Badmouth
      Devil

      Re: Excellent

      Ahem.

      Boris Johnson

      Chris Failing-Grayling

      Dildo Hardon

      etc.

      You English are doomed.

      1. batfink Silver badge

        Re: Excellent

        I sit corrected. Well, updated to include "English".

    3. Eclectic Man Silver badge

      Re: Excellent

      batting: "You Americans are doomed."

      Umm you do know that Biden got elected president, while we English / Brits still have Johnson, don't you?

      1. Eclectic Man Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: Excellent

        Apologies should read "batfink", cursed 'auto-correct'.

      2. ShadowDragon8685

        Re: Excellent

        You can remove him at your pleasure though, if you just get collectively angry enough, like you did in May. We can't even manage to remove a man who's literally committing treason from the oval office!

        Oh, and we also can't seem to actually get our heads out of our asses - or rather, drag the Retrumplican's heads out of HIS ass - long enough to follow-through and put the sonofabitch on trial for high crimes. Countless of these morons still think he's the rightful president (he's not) and that he'll be "reinstated by August" (he won't).

        One of them - a retired Army general who's apparently taken leave of his senses - even called for a Myanmar-style coup to restore Cheeto Jesus to the throne, and I don't think that means placing him on a toilet.

        Here's what frightens the shit out of me: Hitler tried a coup, failed, was put in prison for it and was barred from holding elected or appointed office. Spoiler: it didn't take.

  7. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

    Is Rep Brookes' middle name Ronald, by any chance?

  8. EnviableOne Silver badge

    you forgot one

    That list of public-private e-mails missed Ivanka and Jarret's Private server used for Whitehouse work (exactly what her father wanted to lock Hillary up for)

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