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Walton County iPad Identified as Source of Citizen Surveillance



DeFuniak Springs, FL – In a recent development that has sent shockwaves through Walton County, it has been revealed that a county iPad was the source of citizen surveillance, shedding light on a deeply concerning abuse of power and privacy violation within the county administration.




The revelation surfaced during a Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting when Commissioner Donna Johns presented private text messages from local resident Charles Galloway. Galloway, who is neither a county official nor a staff member and was not present at the meeting, had his private messages exposed in a public forum, raising serious questions about ethical conduct and transparency in government affairs.

Adding to the controversy, Alan Osborne, a campaign contributor to Commissioner Johns, claimed during a public comment segment that he had been monitoring Galloway since purchasing a computer from him several years ago. While this statement initially fueled speculation about private surveillance, it has since been overshadowed by a more significant revelation.


Charles Galloway, when contacted, expressed his shock at the county's actions, stating, "I’m really in shock that a county commissioner would openly state that they have a private citizen under surveillance." Galloway's comments underscore the magnitude of this issue and its implications for citizen privacy and civil rights.


In a surprising twist, Galloway, a former county employee, disclosed that county IT staff member Jason Cook had alerted him about a county iPad that was still logged into his account. This revelation shifts the focus from private surveillance to the potential misuse of county resources for personal or political agendas. It raises questions about the integrity of the county administration and its commitment to ethical governance.


The identification of the county iPad as the source of citizen surveillance marks a significant turning point in this ongoing investigation. It underscores the need for a thorough examination of the actions taken by county officials and the responsible use of county resources.


Walton County residents are closely monitoring developments in this matter, and the county administration faces a critical test in rebuilding public trust and ensuring transparency and accountability in its operations.

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