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DOJ Wants Anti-Trump Facebook Users' Info

Posted by on Sep. 29, 2017 at 2:12 PM
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DOJ Wants Anti-Trump Facebook Users' Info

The warrants specifically target three users who have criticized the Trump administration.

Sept. 29, 2017, at 9:06 a.m.





The Justice Department may get to examine the personal information of thousands of Facebook users who "liked" or interacted with a page protesting the Trump administration.

The department issued three warrants to the social media giant that would require Facebook to disclose the names and profiles of users who approved of or interacted with content on the DisruptJ20 Facebook page, owned by Emmelia Talarico. The FBI also wants access to the personal accounts of Lacy MacAuley and Legba Carrefour between Nov. 1, 2016, just days before the election, and Feb. 9, 2017, three weeks after President Donald Trump was sworn into office

The specific page and accounts were targeted in connection to Inauguration Day protests against Trump, who was sworn in Jan. 20. The warrants would give investigators 90 days to search through personal messages connected to users' political activity and associations as well as friend lists and everything the users searched for during the allotted window for the three accounts.

About 6,000 Facebook users "liked" the DisruptJ20 page, which was used to organize and discuss Inauguration Day protests, before Feb. 9, Talarico estimated. Under the warrant, all of the users who liked or planned to attend associated events may be handed over to the Justice Department.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing the three Facebook users, filed a motion to quash or narrow the efforts Thursday. The ACLU called the department's request "an unjustified invasion of privacy hearkening back to the 'general warrants' that the Fourth Amendment was enacted specifically to prohibit."

Executing the warrants, according to the motion, "would chill future online communications of political activists and anyone who communicates with them, as they will learn from these searches that no Facebook privacy setting can protect them from government snooping on political and personal materials far removed from any proper law enforcement interest."


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VooDooB
by Emerald Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 2:18 PM

I've heard elsewhere that these 3 individuals didn't just "protest" but actually threatened the life of the president publicly on social media. Now everyone who "liked" (aka agreed with it) might be investigated. 

Edit: I plan to do some more research on the users in the above article but I am busy with classes for the rest of the day. If anyone wishes to dig a little deeper into what these 3 individuals actually said/did/threatened/or not please feel free to post along with source.

Thanks!



msb64
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 2:38 PM

AdrianneHill
by Ruby Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 2:42 PM
Bad idea. Bad bad bad idea
msb64
by Platinum Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 2:46 PM

Well, hi there! Curious about what’s going on? We’ve got answers to some of your burning questions. We’ll update this as the Inauguration rolls closer. Any more questions? Contact us here!

Who is behind all this?

#DisruptJ20 is supported by the work of the DC Welcoming Committee, a collective of experienced local activists and out-of-work gravediggers acting with national support. We’re building the framework needed for mass protests to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump and planning widespread direct actions to make that happen. We’re also providing services like housing, food, and even legal assistance to anyone who wants to join us.

The DC Welcoming Committee isn’t funded by any non-profits, isn’t connected to any political parties, rejects all forms of domination and oppression, particularly those based on race, class, and gender, organizes by consensus, and embraces a diversity of tactics.

What are you planning?

We’re planning a series of massive direct actions that will shut down the Inauguration ceremonies and any related celebrations–the Inaugural parade, the Inaugural balls, you name it. We’re also planning to paralyze the city itself, using blockades and marches to stop traffic and even public transit. And hey, because we like fun, we’re even going to throw some parties.

We’ll have more information soon on how you can plug into specific direct actions, but if you’re coming to town and looking for one place to go: Come to McPherson Square on Friday, January 20th, starting at 9 AM. We’ll be gathering there to launch actions and regroup throughout the day.

What is direct action?

Direct Action is when you take collective action to make social change without giving power over to an authority or middle person. We don’t ask permission or put our faith in electoral politics, instead, we use our bodies to stop the smooth operation of the system we oppose. Examples of direct action include the ongoing resistance at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the street and highway blockades of Black Lives Matter, or the occupations of public squares during Occupy Wall Street.

But what are you for?

Make sure to check out our call to action if you need reasons to join us in the streets. We fully support the massive and spontaneous eruption of resistance across the United States that’s happened since the election. We’re hoping that #DisruptJ20 can help people find each other, connect issues, and be a part of building a movement for a better world. Beyond that, the DC Welcoming Committee doesn’t feel the need to speak on anyone’s behalf. The anger on the streets speaks loudly enough.

Organizing principles

The DC Counter-Inaugural Welcoming Committee has endorsed the following principals which stand:

DC Organizing principles

  • Talk to Local Organizers
  • Advance Local Organizing
  • Don’t Just Use Our City – Strengthen It

St. Paul Principals

  1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the
    plans of other groups.
  2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of
    time or space.
  3. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any
    public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.
  4. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance,
    infiltration, disruption, and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement
    actions against activists and others.

A diversity of tactics is vital to accomplishing a vibrant disruption of the inauguration.

We support the right of all attendees to feel safe and empowered while expressing their opposition to the Trump regime and the fascism it represents. All permitted actions are designated as community-friendly, inclusive spaces. Unpermitted and autonomous actions should in no way interfere with or compromise permitted marches. The resistance on J20 begins a new flowering of opposition that will carry on throughout the administration. We encourage everyone to be safe, smart, and supportive of all comrades in all the ways they choose to express dissent.

http://www.disruptj20.org/about/

meriana
by Ruby Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 7:28 PM

Those that are posting threats should be investigated but if they're looking at anyone and everyone who just doesn't like the current administration and what they are proposing to do, etc., then there's a problem.

PamR
by Ruby Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 8:07 PM

People who have threatened any president have been investigated in the past.  The DOJ doesn't need info on everyone who is anti-Trump. 

Lady_Facetious
by Gold Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 8:27 PM
This.

Also, they will have way too much work if they try to monitor everyone who doesn't like the current administration to monitor any real threats.


Quoting meriana:

Those that are posting threats should be investigated but if they're looking at anyone and everyone who just doesn't like the current administration and what they are proposing to do, etc., then there's a problem.

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Sep. 29, 2017 at 9:49 PM


Quoting PamR:

People who have threatened any president have been investigated in the past.  The DOJ doesn't need info on everyone who is anti-Trump. 

Um,  these anti-TRUMP people might be in contact with Russia so I'm good with the DOJ going after these people's info...thanks Obama!!!

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Sep. 29, 2017 at 10:01 PM
5 moms liked this
Pubs hate big guberment till it suits them.

Hmmm healthcare, education, clean enviroment.

Nah, constant surveillance, wars, nationalism.
turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Sep. 29, 2017 at 11:16 PM

Will they be going worldwide?  LMAO.

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