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Trump’s cops can’t harass websites of those who disagree with him.

by on12 October 2017

Courts tell DoJ where to go

US courts have told the DoJ that they can’t rummage through websites which criticize Donald (Prince of Orange) in the hope they might find something incriminating.

Chief Judge Robert E. Morin told the US Department of Justice to sling its hook and not rummage through the files of an anti-Trump protest website.

The site's hosting company, DreamHost has been told that it must protect the identities of its users from DoJ enforcers.

The DoJ wanted all the personal details of those who visited the website on the sound basis if they disagreed with President Trump and were organising events against him they must be terrorists.

However Morin said that there was a real chance that the search would breach the privacy of those who were not terrorists against the Trump regime and the DoJ did not have the right to read records not within the scope of any search warrant.

"Because of the potential breadth of the government's review in this case, the warrant in its execution may implicate otherwise innocuous and constitutionally protected activity”, he said.

While the government has the right to execute its Warrant, it does not have the right to rummage through the information contained on DreamHost's website and discover the identity of, or access communications by, individuals not participating in alleged criminal activity, particularly those persons who were engaging in protected First Amendment activities, Morin said.

The order then lists a series of protocols designed to protect netizens "to comply with First Amendment and Fourth Amendment considerations, and to prevent the government from obtaining any identifying information of innocent persons."

Trump has recently asked the FCC to remove licences from newspapers and broadcasters which publish “fake news”. Given that “fake news” is anything that embarrasses Trump this has caused a bit of concern over the pond.

Last modified on 12 October 2017
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