T-Mobile promises to cooperate in investigation over Capitol riots


Senator Mark R. Warner, (D-Virginia), has requested wireless carriers to preserve all SMS and MMS communications that were created and sent out by their subscribers in the days that surround last week’s U.S. Capitol riots. According to the report, the senator has requested the CEOs to preserve these communications from the days leading up to, during the day, and after the commotion. 

According to the senator, “Along with the rest of the world, I know you watched with horror as an angry mob incited by the President and prominent Republican officials and media personalities ransacked the Capitol and threatened the safety and lives of those within it.”

The senator shares that law enforcement agencies should be seeking assistance from wireless networks since rioters took photos at the riot and either posted these on their social media accounts or sent these out to other friends through text or messaging platforms. Warner shares that these may be used as “critical evidence in helping to bring these rioters to justice.” 

A spokesperson for T-Mobile has confirmed receipt of the letter and promised that they will “cooperate fully with requests from law enforcement.

In addition to this, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert spoke on CNBC last January 7 and said that they “were shocked” as the events unfolded. Their initial reaction was to make sure that their employees were safe and that their network was operating without any problems so that the public could stay connected. 

The CEO also spoke to his employees that they need “to denounce” when something like these takes place. “The violent destruction of our sacred, democratic processes, that has to be denounced.” 

Other carriers have also spoken up and promised to provide assistance to law enforcement officers. In addition to that, AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon have all announced that they would be suspending political contributions to lawmakers who made a vote against certifying the Electoral College vote. 


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  • Deibid

    If rioters were smart, they’d use whatsapp, telegram, or signal that has end to end encryption. Who the hell would use sms?

    • Willie D

      No, if rioters were smart they all would use prepaid burner phones and not use any identifying information, by not turning on or activating the device till they’re in DC and leave the device there before going to the airport home. It also means leaving your actual devices at home so those aren’t tracked side by side with other IMEI and ESNs and SIM subs that are within specific areas at the same time.

      These people are so concerned with conspiracies and government but forget how to be smart enough not to be the conspiracy itself. Haha

      • marque2

        Some more tips buy the phone and the minutes card using cash. I wouldn’t be surprised though if they knew exactly which Walmart had the phone and could then use the in store security camera to find you.

      • steveb944

        Well they’re dumb enough to photograph and video themselves so easily recognizable as many were found that way. It’s a no win situation.

      • JG

        by not turning on or activating the device till they’re in DC and leave the device there before going to the airport home.

        Not just “in DC”, but wait to turn the phone on until your at the rally. Then ditch it before leaving the Capital.

        That way it doesn’t link back to your hotel, or to the coffee shop across the street where you were dumb enough to pay for your pre-riot coffee with your personal debit card….

        Also, don’t forget to ditch your Fitbit and any other devices that might have a GPS chip…. If Strava can show the locations of secret military bases, I’m sure they’d have no problem showing you were running around the hallways of the Capital during the riot…

    • Willie D

      When you have network capacity at an all time low on every network in DC, data for messaging apps become less reliable and less real-time, where as SMS is by far more reliable in times of network overload. This is proven during disasters.

  • Jake Fitzpatrick

    This is great! Serves then right! Lock them all up for trying to overthrow our country!

    • marque2

      It is a bit problematic that Tmobile is responding to a partisan request from a Senator rather than a warrant from the DOJ/FBI

    • Trevnerdio

      The country’s been in need of a revolution for decades now. Just waiting for something legitimate to pop off, but it’s like waiting for water to boil, and all these disorganized fools do nothing to help it.

  • Michael Reynolds

    OK Facebook and YouTube. Turn over all of your data to Big Brother. We know that you have it.

  • steveb944

    I thought every network had different retention policies, guess not anymore.

  • MissedCall

    Did any of these companies suspend contributions to the democrats who on January 6, 2017 brought up electoral college challenges during that election? Specifically:

    Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) objected to Alabama’s votes.
    Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) objected to Florida’s votes.
    Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) objected to Georgia’s votes.
    Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) objected to North Carolina’s votes.
    Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) objected to the votes from North Carolina in addition to votes from South Carolina and Wisconsin. She also stood up and objected citing “massive voter suppression” after Mississippi’s votes were announced.
    Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) brought up allegations of Russian interference in the election and malfunctioning voting machines when she objected following the announcement of Michigan’s votes.
    Maxine Waters (D-Calif) rose and said, “I do not wish to debate. I wish to ask ‘Is there one United States senator who will join me in this letter of objection?'” after the announcement of Wyoming’s votes.

    • Disqus5218

      No, because “ThAt DiDn’T wOrK!!!!!1! AND RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA!!!!!”

  • I wonder if they got the same request to cooperate in the identification of the BLM and antifa looters, rioters, arsonists, and other assorted thugs terrorizing half of the country for the last 8 months. Actually no, I’m not.

    • TheTruthIsOutThere

      I’m sure they did, but it wouldn’t be politically correct to publicize that.

    • Andrew

      When did BLM stage an insurrection at the US capitol?

      • June 24, 2020. The White House. Much more destruction than anything done during the mostly peaceful protest of Jan. 6.

        The Department of the Interior released new footage Wednesday of U.S. Park Police clashes with violent protesters outside the White House late last month, showing protesters repeatedly striking officers and hurling bricks and other projectiles at them.

        “The video shows agitators throwing bricks, glass, bottles, and other assaults against law enforcement officers,” an agency spokesman said. “More than 60 U.S. Park Police officers have been injured since these protests started, some hospitalized requiring surgeries.”

        • Andrew

          I don’t think you know what insurrection is.

        • Occupying the capitol to disrupt a supreme court confirmation hearing qualifies.

  • Awww, did MSNBC teach you a new word this week?

  • Your IQ is too low for you to even try.

    • Andrew

      Let’s stick to facts. You don’t know my IQ. but I do know you’re a white supremacist.