Liberty Safe Gave FBI Access To J6 Defendant’s Personal Safe
Liberty Safe Gave FBI Access To J6 Defendant’s Personal Safe
UPDATED: Oh yes, you read that headline correctly. Liberty Safe handed over a backdoor code to the FBI so they could break into a J6 defendant’s personal safe on August 30, 2023. They only got caught when the arrest and information concerning the arrest of Nathan Hughes was tweeted/X’d out just the other day.
An account of the FBI raid of Hughes’ home was shared by the Hodgetwins, who said that “Last week, a friend of ours was raided by the feds over J6, his name is Nathan Hughes and he’s from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Nate was raided by the FBI and arrested at gun point. His girlfriend (who just had a miscarriage) was held at gun point and put in handcuffs. The FBI turned off his security cameras, unplugged his internet, and flipped his house upside down in a search. The feds called the manufacturer of his Liberty Gun Safe and got the passcode to get into it too. All for protesting at the Capitol over 2 1/2 years ago.”
And, once it became public knowledge, Liberty Safe issued a statement in hopes of covering their ass.
Read that statement again.
On August 30, 2023, Liberty Safe was contacted by the FBI requesting the access code to the safe of an individual for whom they had a warrant to search their property. Our company protocol is to provide access codes to law enforcement if a warrant grants them access to a property. After receiving the request, we received proof of the valid warrant, and only then did we provide them with an access code. Liberty Safe had no knowledge of any of the details surrounding the investigation at the time.
Liberty Safe is devoted to protecting the personal property and 2nd amendment rights of our customers and has repeatedly denied requests for access codes without a warrant in the past. We do not give out combinations without proper legal documentation being provided by authorities.
We regularly update our policies to ensure both compliance with federal and state law and reasonable consumer privacy protections within the law. First and foremost, Liberty Safe is committed to preserving our customers’ rights, and we will remain unwavering in those values.
The company claims to know nothing about the case, but acquiesced when the FBI showed up with a valid warrant. Oh, ok FBI, you have a warrant? GREAT! Here’s the backdoor code. Happy hunting!
Liberty Safe advertises itself as “America’s #1 heavy-duty home and gun safe manufacturer.” They claim that more than two million homeowners “have found the peace of mind” by storing their valuables and weapons in a Liberty Safe in their homes. They tout their “98% customer satisfaction rating.”
Yet when it comes to giving access to that safe to law enforcement, Liberty Safe is right on board. Customers will find that in the event they are served with a search warrant for their home, Liberty Safe will aid law enforcement in getting that safe open. This also means that they have access to the codes that open their customers’ safes.
There’s so SO MUCH wrong with this scenario. First there’s the fact that the Biden Administration is still going after people concerning January 6, and the courts are handing down excessive sentences while anyone who rioted in 2020 and beyond for Black Lives Matter and other crap gets to walk away scot free.
But the BIGGEST issue I have with this involves a person’s private property rights. Liberty Safe, once it was sold to Nathan Hughes via a distributor or directly, no longer OWNED that safe. It was no longer their property. Therefore, backdoor code or not, Liberty Safe shouldn’t have been involved in this. They overstepped and the FBI for damned sure overstepped their bounds.
I am not "outraged" by the feds using a code to open a safe.— Jim Thompson (@JimmySportToons) September 6, 2023
If the warrant was valid then they didn't have to open it by force via a locksmith – and they would have.
I'm more bugged that there is a code at all.
The FBI should’ve just had someone come in and break open the safe. But here’s another point to consider as to why Liberty totally screwed the pooch here. As I noted above, Liberty no longer owned that safe. Someone else did. Therefore…
Liberty Safe is under no legal obligation to comply with a search warrant served to one of their customers. Liberty Safe was not subjected to a search warrant, per their post, they were shown a search warrant for another individual and decided to help the FBI conduct that search by providing information that would aid the search.
There is absolutely no reason they should comply at all. In the event that an individual is served with a search warrant for their home or property, that warrant is entirely between law enforcement and that individual.
The company stepped in it big time. And the implications for their actions when it concerns an individual’s private property is enormous.
So let me get this straight, when my safe was locked up Liberty’s customer service told me to hire a locksmith, but they had the code and could have given it to the owner and didn’t?— Walleyes, Whitetails & Whiskeys are all around us (@weirbeard1) September 6, 2023
Liberty Safe claims that they are advocates of the Second Amendment and protecting private property rights. Their recent actions indicate otherwise.
UPDATE: THIS is how you do it.
We firmly believe in our customers' right and freedom to control their personal property. pic.twitter.com/3UfdsvPTxN— SecureIt Gun Storage (@SecureItStorage) September 6, 2023
Liberty is going to learn their lesson the hard way.
UPDATE 2: Liberty Safe issued a new statement at midnight last night. Customers can now opt out and Liberty will only comply with the feds if a subpoena is involved.
So, they’ve done this before based upon CUSTOMER requests. Except this instance wasn’t a customer request. It was the FBI waiving a search warrant around after the customer, Nathan Hughes, likely refused to provide the safe combination. Liberty is still in the wrong here, and they know it. But they hope this new statement will save their bacon.
Feature Photo Credit: Liberty Safe ad on Facebook, cropped and modified