Aug 15, 2017

Concerns raised over DOJ's request for info on Trump protesters

Jose Luis Magana / AP

The Justice Department is working to get information about everyone who visited a website used to organize protests during Trump's inauguration earlier this year, the NYT reports. Last month a judge issued a search warrant to the host company, Dreamhost, demanding it turn over information about what each visitor viewed or uploaded to the site.

The pushback: Dreamhost argued the demand violated the Fourth Amendment and could make innocent people afraid to view websites containing political content, violating the First Amendment. The government claims Dreamhost "has no legal basis" for failing to the produce the information.

An activist who said she helped provide content for the web site said "It's legal to visit a website and it's legal to attend a protest…This search warrant is yet another intimidation tactic…"

Context: The protests were mostly peaceful, but a select few protested violently. More than 200 people were indicted on felony rioting charges.

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