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The Biden Justice Department reportedly intends to spend $6.1 million of taxpayer funds to hire a contractor to build an evidence database of the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol because their current technology can’t handle the “volume” of data they’ve compiled.

“Prosecutors are trying to organize thousands of hours of body-worn camera footage, closed-circuit surveillance camera footage, more than a million social media videos, data from phones and email accounts, and the responses to more than 6,000 grand jury subpoenas,” Politico reported, citing a court document filed Thursday.

The inefficiency of the department’s current tech has “sharply slowed down efforts by prosecutors and defense attorneys to hammer out plea deals for dozens, of not hundreds, of alleged rioters,” according to Politico.

“Prosecutors have repeatedly emphasized that the massive trove of evidence grows daily, as they recover phones, hard drives and other devices from newly arrested defendants, many of whom filmed their own actions at the Capitol and captured the movements of others in the crowd. Several defendants have sought quick resolution of their cases only to be told by prosecutors that they must wait until the database is established.”

In the court document filed Thursday, assistant U.S. Attorneys Nadia Moore and William Dreher claimed the government needs better technology to handle the “volume of materials being collected.”

“Following the Capitol Breach, the United States recognized that due to the nature and volume of materials being collected, the government would require the use of an outside contractor who could provide litigation technology support services to include highly technical and specialized data and document processing and review capabilities,” they reportedly wrote.

“The government is working to provide an unprecedented amount of materials in the most comprehensive and usable format to defense counsel.”

The $6.1 is reportedly an initial payment, and the price tag “could grow to nearly $26 million,” according to Politico.

Moreover, this isn’t the only Capitol riot-related database that’s being pursued.

“The Federal Public Defender office in Washington, D.C., is also considering hiring a contractor to help defense lawyers digest the massive trove of data, according to the same court filing Thursday,” Politico notes.

What’s been left unexplained is why such fancy technology wasn’t needed before, such as when Black Lives Matter and Antifa extremists rioted violently throughout the entire country (versus in only one specific location).

Also left unexplained is why so much money is needed to track evidence pertaining to such a relatively small number of suspects.

The estimated $26 million price tag seems like it could cover the creation of the type of database that could be used to track millions of people.

Also unexplained is the DOJ’s decision to contract reportedly with Deloitte, a company that doesn’t necessarily boast a stellar reputation.

Three years ago, the contractor was forced to issue a humiliating public apology after a stunningly royal screw-up in New Hampshire involving something called UHIP.

“UHIP — short for the Unified Health Infrastructure Project — was supposed to streamline eligibility verification for the food stamp program (now known as SNAP), Medicaid, subsidized child care and cash assistance,” according to The Providence Journal.

But instead, UHIP, which was designed by Deloitte, “experienced major failures after launching in September 2016, and the effort to fix it has taken years.”

And so in 2018, the company apologized.

“We fully realize that our public sector work impacts the lives of individuals and families, often when they are most vulnerable. We are very sorry for the impact that our system issues have had on your constituents, on state workers, and on service providers,” a top Deloitte official testified before the Rhode Island House.

Listen:

Three years later, this same company has now been handed millions of dollars by the Biden administration to build a Capitol riot-related database. In fairness, even Rhode Island is still messing with Deloitte.

“Rhode Island is re-upping a contract with Deloitte for the troubled benefits system known as UHIP — but Gov. Dan McKee insists it’s different this time,” Providence station WJAR reported in late June.

FYI, McKee is a Democrat …

Vivek Saxena

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