DOJ Issues Warrant in Connection to Anti-Trump Website

DOJ Issues Warrant in Connection to Anti-Trump Website

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Aric Lee Kirsten, Real Time Updates Contributor

midst the violence in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday night, the Department of Justice has issued a warrant for website hosting company DreamHost, in connection to protesting activities on the day of President Trump’s inauguration.

One of DreamHost’s domains, Disrupt J20.org, was responsible for strategic protesting on inauguration day, including blockades on various corners surrounding Capitol Hill. Protests on inauguration day became violent, with over 200 arrests for various criminal damage and felony protesting charges.

The DOJ claims some arrestees were a part of the Disrupt J20 effort. If compliant with the DOJ, DreamHost would hand over visitor logs and IP addresses of over 1.3 million people who visited the website. Aside from visitor logs and IP addresses, DreamHost would also give the DOJ access to photos collected and shared on the website.

So far DreamHost has resisted the DOJ’s efforts. A spokesman for the Attorney General’s office in D.C., William Miller, made no comment regarding the case aside from producing the court filings. Within the filings the DOJ claims that DreamHost “has no legal basis for failing to produce materials in response to the court’s search warrant.”

In effort to challenge the warrant, digital rights powerhouse Electronic Frontier Foundation is aiding DreamHost. A blog post by EFF attorney staffer Mark Rumold shows the disbelief among the company in regards to the warrant, “No plausible explanation exists for a search warrant of this breadth, other than to cast a digital dragnet as broadly as possible.”

One Twitter user posted a photo which appears to be the warrant in question received by DreamHost:

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The First Amendment has been under attack in many spheres of society as of recent, from conservative speakers being banned on college campuses to citizens being shamed or humiliated for language and thought. Hopefully justice will side with the First Amendment throughout the Trump presidency leading into the 2020 Presidential election.

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