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Crime

Anti-Trump Website Fights Search Warrant

Written by Joe Scudder

The anti-Trump website published maps that may have helped violent protesters block traffic at the inauguration.

The anti-Trump website www.disruptj20.org is complaining on their blog about a search warrant that is unreasonably broad. Conservatives who have hated the attempts of the government to compromise our privacy will be sympathetic to the argument. But in this case the government is using Constitutional procedures. Additionally, it looks to me like the website openly advocates and facilitates illegal crimes against persons and property. Here’s a screen shot:

At the very least, I can see why the Justice Department is investigating!

The New York Times reports, “Justice Dept. Demands Data on Visitors to Anti-Trump Website, Sparking Fight.

Federal investigators last month persuaded a judge to issue a search warrant to the company, Dreamhost, demanding that it turn over data identifying all the computers that visited its customer’s website and what each visitor viewed or uploaded.

The company says that would result in the disclosure of a large volume of information about people who had nothing to do with the protests. Over 1.3 million requests were made to view pages on the website in the six days after inauguration alone, it said.

Dreamhost is fighting the warrant as unconstitutionally broad.

“In essence, the search warrant not only aims to identify the political dissidents of the current administration, but attempts to identify and understand what content each of these dissidents viewed on the website,” two lawyers for Dreamhost, Raymond Aghaian and Chris Ghazarian, wrote in a court motion opposing the demand.

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The fight, which came to light on Monday when Dreamhost published a blog post entitled “We Fight For the Users,” centers on a search warrant for information about a website, disruptj20.org, which served as a clearinghouse for activists seeking to mobilize resistance to Mr. Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

The website featured maps to organize blockades of intersections arranged around various themes — like feminism, gay rights, racial justice, climate change, immigrant rights, antiwar, and labor — and tips for legal observers. It offered printable protest signs, many critical of Mr. Trump, and afterward it posted pictures of protests.

Read the full New York Times story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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