Judge Approves Warrant For “Antifa” User Data From Anti-Trump Website

Thursday, August 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Aug 24, 2017

A District of Columbia Federal Judge has approved a government warrant seeking information about users and subscribers to an anti-Trump website which has been linked to rioting during the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., but he added protections to safeguard “innocent users.”

Chief Judge Robert Morin ruled that DreamHost, an LA-based web-hosting company, must turn over data about visitors to the website disruptj20.org, which is a home to political activists who organized protests at the time of Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president in January, many of whom have since morphed into the controversial “antifa” movement.

Morin, who will oversee review of the data, also said the government must explain what protocols it will use to make sure the data of “innocent users” is not seized by prosecutors, according to Reuters. Bloomberg adds that prosecutors would have to tell the judge which data it intended to seize.

“I’m trying to balance the First Amendment protections and the government’s need for this information,” Morin said. “My view here is that this best protects both legitimate interests.”

In the closely watched case, which could have a material chilling effect on similar activist website, the DOJ said it sought the records connected to the site amid concerns that it helped facilitate the planning of protests on Inauguration Day in which more than 200 people were arrested for rioting and vandalizing businesses in downtown Washington.

DreamHost resisted the original July 12 warrant, saying the scope of the warrant was too broad and trampled on the rights of 1.3 million visitors to the site, many of whom were simply exercising their First Amendment rights to express their political views. It also said the warrant would expose the identities of the 1.3 million people who had visited the site.

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One Response to “Judge Approves Warrant For “Antifa” User Data From Anti-Trump Website”

  1. Mongo

    Whois query for disruptj20.org…
    Results returned from whois.publicinterestregistry.net:
    Domain Name: DISRUPTJ20.ORG
    Registry Domain ID: D402200000000394616-LROR
    Registrar WHOIS Server:
    Registrar URL: http://www.dreamhost.com/
    Updated Date: 2017-01-30T17:15:09Z
    Creation Date: 2016-10-26T20:01:59Z
    Registry Expiry Date: 2017-10-26T20:01:59Z
    Registrar Registration Expiration Date:
    Registrar: New Dream Network, LLC dba DreamHost Web Hosting
    Registrar IANA ID: 431
    Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
    Registrar Abuse Contact Phone:
    Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
    Registry Registrant ID: C188601216-LROR
    Registrant Name: The Movement
    Registrant Organization:
    Registrant Street: 72 Decatur St NW
    Registrant City: washington
    Registrant State/Province: DC
    Registrant Postal Code: 20011
    Registrant Country: US
    Registrant Phone: +1.2026705265
    Registrant Phone Ext:
    Registrant Fax:
    Registrant Fax Ext:
    Registrant Email: info@disruptj20.org
    Registry Admin ID: C188601216-LROR
    Admin Name: The Movement
    Admin Organization:
    Admin Street: 72 Decatur St NW
    Admin City: washington
    Admin State/Province: DC
    Admin Postal Code: 20011
    Admin Country: US
    Admin Phone: +1.2026705265
    Admin Phone Ext:
    Admin Fax:
    Admin Fax Ext:
    Admin Email: info@disruptj20.org
    Registry Tech ID: C188601216-LROR
    Tech Name: The Movement
    Tech Organization:
    Tech Street: 72 Decatur St NW
    Tech City: washington
    Tech State/Province: DC
    Tech Postal Code: 20011
    Tech Country: US
    Tech Phone: +1.2026705265
    Tech Phone Ext:
    Tech Fax:
    Tech Fax Ext:
    Tech Email: info@disruptj20.org
    Name Server: NS1.DREAMHOST.COM
    Name Server: NS2.DREAMHOST.COM
    Name Server: NS3.DREAMHOST.COM
    DNSSEC: unsigned
    URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
    >>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2017-08-24T23:29:58Z <<<


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