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DoJ Targets DreamHost, Activists Call for Push Back
by Mary Smith
Saturday Aug 19th, 2017 11:45 PM
Raging Grannies member Trudy Reagan was shocked by the broad search warrant sought by the Justice Department targeting DreamHost. She called on activists to push back against the DoJ at a rally in Mountain View, CA today to the cheers of fellow activists. The rally was called to rebuke white supremacist groups that staged violent demonstrations in Charlottesville and counter a scheduled (but postponed) March on Google.
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A Raging Granny shocked by the broad search warrant sought by the Justice Department targeting DreamHost, an internet hosting company based in Los Angeles, called on activists to push back against the DoJ. Granny Trudy Reagan seized an open mic opportunity to speak out at a Mountain View, CA rally yesterday. Mountain View Voices for Peace and other social justice organizations organized the rally in response to the planned appearance of a right wing "March on Google" in that city. (That march was ultimately postponed due to right wing organizer Jack Posobiec's stated fears of "alt-left terrorism".)

DreamHost hosts disruptj20.org, a website that helped organize anti-Trump protests on Inauguration Day. The Justice Department has demanded that DreamHost turn over “all records or other information” relating to the site and personal information including I.P. addresses. Federal prosecutors are also seeking all emails, photos and other content sent to and from the site.

Granny Trudy spelled out the risk to free speech that this creates. She said that information, were it to be collected, could be used to identify any individuals who used the website to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment and that people just like demonstrators at the Mountain View rally were targets. Her speech was a call to Action. So far DreamHost is refusing to hand over the IP addresses of 1.3 million of its users who visited the site. DreamHost says that when it was first approached by the DoJ, it asked why the request was so broad. Rather than explain to DreamHost, the Justice Department filed a motion in court seeking to compel the organization to hand over the data.
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by Mary Smith Saturday Aug 19th, 2017 11:45 PM
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by ..jj..
Thursday Aug 24th, 2017 1:25 AM
This week the DoJ narrowed the scope of the warrant, eliminating the request for IP addresses. While this is being called a victory for DreamHost and the public, prosecutors are still seeking to prove protesters had premeditated and organized violent demonstrations on Inauguration Day. They are building a case against over 100 anti-Trump protesters who face jury trials in October.
DreamHost and privacy advocates said the original warrant was overreaching and a clear abuse of government authority. The amended request is now for records of focused, private groups that were organized through the website. The modified warrant would also specify the time frame for records requested
by ...jj...
Thursday Aug 24th, 2017 1:35 AM
DreamHost’s general counsel, said this week. “This is a huge victory for DreamHost, and, more importantly, for the public.”
by ed
Sunday Aug 27th, 2017 4:40 PM
On August 24, Superior Court of D.C.’s Chief Judge Robert E. Morin ruled that DreamHost still needs to disclose some information about the operators of disruptj20.org. The government claims that the site was used “to coordinate and to privately communicate among a focused group of people whose intent included planned violence.”

Morin says he will personally oversee the search of the data DreamHost turns over. He says he wants to minimize any impact on visitors to the site who weren’t involved in criminal activity.
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