ACLU Battles DOJ Search Warrants Seeking Information On 6000 Facebook Users Who “Liked” Anti-Trump Page

Law Newz reports:

The ACLU-DC is trying to stop three search warrants that would let the Department of Justice snoop around protesters’ Facebook accounts over Inauguration Day protests. They filed in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday, saying the government’s demands violate the Fourth Amendment because they are so broad and threaten First Amendment speech.

These warrants ask for too much information not directly relevant to the federal probe, argues the ACLU. This includes information on the plaintiffs’ friends, associates, and the approximately 6000 individuals who just “liked” an anti-Donald Trump Facebook page. Requested data would go back to Nov. 1, 2016, a week before the presidential election.

“The warrants make no provision for avoiding or minimizing invasions into personal and associational/expression information, for preventing such information from being shared widely within the government, or for destroying irrelevant material when the investigation is concluded,” said the ACLU filing. In other words, this might chill First Amendment speech by giving the government means to observe anyone who were simply linked to anti-Trump protesters.

Over 200 people were charged with felony rioting on inauguration day. The DOJ is still pursuing a similar case against the hosting company for an anti-Trump website. Much more at the link above.

  • S1AMER

    I guess we should be glad the DOJ isn’t as smart as Russians, or they’d just hack their way into all this stuff.

    (Yes, that’s a joke — there’s nothing at all amusing about the actual facts here. Meanwhile, if you can, support the ACLU!)

    • Gustav2

      I bet some contractor for DHS already has this info for sale, DOJ is just trying to make it legal.

  • FAEN

    But we’re not living in a police state? Really? It’s disgraceful enough that they are tracking the social media of immigrants, Green Card holders and naturalized citizens. Now you can’t even say you don’t like Cheeto?

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_59ccb13ee4b0210dfdfc2591?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!

    • David Walker

      No, comrade. Not at all.

    • Gustav2

      Not on the interweb’s public square.

      • Christopher

        Just a stones throw from banning it in the actual public square.

        • Gustav2
          • Nowhereman

            Yes–and agent provocateurs. Hard to tell the players without a program. Right now we can’t take ANYTHING at face value.

        • Snarkaholic

          Just a stone’s throw away from banning the public square.

    • Steven Jaeger

      The Elf likes cooking up half-baked schemes to shove people in the ovens for not liking him

      • Christopher

        Don’t laugh in his general direction either.

        • David Walker

          How about farting in his general direction?

          • Christopher

            Acceptable, nay encouraged!

          • zhera

            Specific direction, David. specific!

          • J Ascher

            Up-voted just for the Monty Python reference!

        • JackFknTwist

          This little succubus prosecutes for laughing at him?
          What is this s hit “freedom of speech” all about then ?

    • Jeffg166

      To serve you better…

  • Gigi

    Putin is teaching Trump a few tricks I see.

  • PickyPecker
    • Christopher

      I’d rather die!

    • kirby7771

      Bullseye. I’m stealing this – hope you don’t mind.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Sounds like awfully Russian tactics here. One wonders why…

    • Philip Thompson

      Was it Russian when Obama did it?

      • TheManicMechanic

        But his emails!!!111!

  • “Might chill”? How about “stomp all over the 1st Amendment and the right for people to express an opinion w/out becoming the subject to a mass investigation of all who dissent.”

    I said in November and again in January that once the Trumpers took office, we’d have maybe six months before the full-on conversion to fascist authoritarianism, the concrete as it were, began to set.

    It’s been nine months. The concrete is just about set and if Bob Mueller doesn’t act soon, there won’t be an America left by this time next year. And 2014 will be the last purportedly “free & fair” election we’ll have had.

    • kirby7771

      As long as Mueller acts before the Courts are packed with GOP Trumpistas, we should be ok. But like you, I’m worried. These men can do so much more damage to us than they already have.

      • Every day, every week, every month that goes by, the damage gets worse.

        • kirby7771

          True. But we knew what would happen once this man got elected. We also knew what it would take to fight him. I hope people realize that it is going to take years to fix the damage they are doing. Sigh…..

          • JackFknTwist

            I really hope the USA can fix this soon, there is now a vast amount of hostility towards the USA here in Europe.

        • Christopher

          Every second that orange highlighter sits in that office, this country comes closer to collapse from within.

          We don’t need a foreign government to attack us, we’re excellent at killing ourselves.

    • Nowhereman

      That’s what the Anthem backlash is about, too. They have no problem at all with white gunnuts disgracing the flag.

  • Do Something Nice

    Marching towards fascism.

    • ByronK

      It’s looking more and more like a full tilt sprint.

  • David Walker

    Wouldn’t it be somehow reassuring if our government were as passionate and committed to helping its citizens in Puerto Rico as it is in destroying opposition to its police state mentality?

    • JackFknTwist

      Please please don’t forget to keep mentioning St. Thomas, St.John, & St. Croix……..they really have been devastated with no electricity or water…….it is unbelievable that this is part of the USa and is so ignored by politicians.

  • gaycuckhubby

    She warned us he was a bigoted authoritarian

    • So did a lot of us who knew better.

      Unfortunately, some of the loud voices tried to claim she and the tangerine shit-gibbon were identical. Or that she would be worse than him.

      • Nowhereman

        Yes–because she would be under FBI investigation and get us into more wars…

    • FAEN

      But her emails!🙄

      • Nowhereman

        Are you enjoying the schadenfreude now that we know that at least 6 high ranking members of Trump’s White House have been using personal email accounts for government business?

        • FAEN

          Say it with me Deplorable-

          “LOCK THEM UP, LOCKTHEM UP….hey, how come you guys arent chanting with me?”

          • Nowhereman

            I know–I was shocked shocked that they didn’t haul them out in shackles, too.

          • FAEN

            The best shocked! All the top people are saying so 😉.

    • TexasBoy

      But…but…Bernie!

    • But she was worse. Susan Sarandon told me so! /s

  • safari

    Also keep in mind that DHS wants to collect social media content for all non-citizens.

    • They also want to collect social media content for all naturalized immigrants now, too, with the idea if they dissent, their citizenship will be stripped and them deported.

      • David Walker

        I know it’s happening, but I can’t wrap my head around it. I keep coming back to “Why?” And because of the way my brain works, I come up empty every time.

        • Why? Because Russia, with the complicity of the Republican party, engineered a bloodless electoral coup and installed a lawless, fascist, authoritarian administration which might simply refuse to give up power even when their terms of office are up.

          • David Walker

            Of course. I know what you’re saying is true. I believe it, it’s just that I don’t get it.

          • Steven Jaeger

            or IF impeached and convicted. Which from the know nothing attitude of the RWNJ in congress and senate is a HUUGGGGEEEEE IF.

          • kirby7771

            Don’t say lawless. They will make the laws fit their agenda. Then they will be acting “within the law.” That’s the difference between a regime and a government.

          • No, I do not apologize for my choice of words. Often, such as with the SF-86 forms, the law is goddamned clear. And as with money laundering laws. As with soliciting and accepting foreign campaign donations. As with corruption, taking bribes, and emoluments violations.

            The LAWS are there. Trump and the GOP are deliberately breaking them.

          • billbear1961

            I think people should be protesting NOW to let Mueller and the Establishment know we WILL defend the rule of law!

            We need Mueller to act as soon as possible!

            We need secure elections and courts that are NOT polluted with Trump’s far-right HENCHMEN!!

      • billbear1961

        As naturalized citizens, they have a constitutional RIGHT to DISSENT!!

        It is also not illegal for permanent residents to engage in dissent!

  • Lars Littlefield

    I suddenly feel compelled to send a letter to the DOJ telling them how much I loved the anti Trump page. How it improved my life. How it made me horny. How it gave me hope for the future.

    • KCMC

      Horny? Thnx. Just spit on work screen.

      • PeggyCGroh

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    • stevenj

      How it made you gay?

      • Lars Littlefield

        How it made me super gay and uber Democrat.

        • DaveMiller135

          My superpower is that every time someone attacks gay rights or, you know, democracy, at home or abroad, I become a little gayer. Between Trump and Russia/Chechnya, I expect to be carrying a miniature pink poodle around in a tiny pink tote bag, in 4 years.

          I should work on that horny superpower you mentioned. Are there exercises I could be doing?

          • J Ascher

            Kegel exercises – always!

          • DaveMiller135

            I’m Receptive! To this information, er, hem.

    • kirby7771

      Excellent idea. Kinda sassy! But I suppose you are ready to get on an Dept. of Justice enemies list? Because that’s how we get on an DOJ enemies list.

      • Tomcat

        Or by being a Democrat.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Sounds like a badge of honor to me.

        • kirby7771

          As long as the badge is pink, I’m good.

        • JackFknTwist

          I make it my invariable practise to ‘like ‘ everything which is derogatory of Trump and Torquemada of the Spanish Inquisition, on the basis that they are both malevolent, evil, vicious irredeemable c unts.
          As for the DOJ, f uck’em.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        We’re all already there, trust me.

    • jerry

      Edna Turnblad: “If you protest, you’ll be in files! You’ll be on lists! J. Edgar Hoover will still be wiretapping your cold dead body in the grave.”

  • Gabe Davis

    what was the name of the group? Can we still join it?

    • KCMC

      Anti-DT Makes Me Hard Group.

  • Paula

    No, Mr. Sessions. You’re mistaken. My Facebook page was hacked.

    • William

      You forgot to giggle.

      • Man_in_the_mists

        I thought it was a smug “Call my bluff, I dare you” smirk.

  • Nowhereman

    Facebook is now an arm of the republican party and Russian oligarchs. Anyone who chooses to keep an account with FB should keep that in mind.

  • TexasBoy

    Soon there will be government controlled security cams everywhere, and anyone showing the least bit of dislike for Trump will simply “disappear.” Remember, Kellyanne admitted they’ve put cameras in our microwave ovens. 😉

  • Rex

    Who knew “big brother” was a little elf-like troll?

  • Tomcat

    Is the DOJ going to do ANYTHING honest under trump? What assholes.

    • TexasBoy

      Trump’s DOJ…honest…ha ha ha ha ha

  • JWC

    Although it is my full belief that if Facebook and Twitter hold information contrary to the US government they should release it However I do NOT support a wholesale raid on their records ESP by this crooked corrupt administration NEVER Let a responsible body examine the record use what they need an leave the rest intact

  • PickyPecker

    Makes you kindof wonder…if this shit continues, how long until sites like JMG get shut down? Are we being monitored right now? How secure is Disqus and where do they stand on 1st Amendment and privacy. Stuff like that.

    • Bad Tom

      How secure is Disqus

      Ummmm. Given how buggy their various deployments seem to be, I wouldn’t store anything more valuable than comments on it.

      • Rex

        Many of the comments are gold!
        Comedy gold, but still gold.

        • Bluto

          That’s right. I come here for the Joe but stay for all the fabulously snarky bitches.

      • Tomcat

        How secure is ANYTHING anymore????????

        • Bad Tom

          An awful lot of breaches recently seem to be due to deployment errors and incompetent system administration, rather than fundamental flaws in the systems themselves.

          That sort of thing can be professionalized. We MUST professionalize it.

          However, the rush to implement mobile apps of all kinds has created a new threat surface, which is only now being recognized.

        • FAEN

          ^This^

    • Lazycrockett

      We you know that everyone who replies to @Drumpf official twitter is getting placed in a folder.

      • PickyPecker

        I’m going to try that goulash recipie you’re making in the next week or so after I get to the grocer. Might make a few adjustments to it, but will let you know how it comes out. FYI

        • Lazycrockett

          its an easy one dish recipes that is great in fall/winter. I know a lot of people make “it” their own but honestly I think its great the way it is. I do cut down on the salt cause of the soy sauce.

          • PickyPecker

            We got a dutch oven from my mother for a present last xmas, so have been interested in those ‘one dish’ recipes. Also been cruising Test Kitchen as they have some awesome suggestions as well.

          • Lazycrockett

            Im a firm believe in one dish/one pan meals.

          • PickyPecker

            Last week on ATK, they made a really great-looking one-dish (and easy) apple pan-dowdy.

          • Lazycrockett

            yum.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Well, you read the Terms of Service so you already know the answers, right?

      By posting any User Content on the Service, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have all rights necessary to grant, to Disqus a royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, list information regarding, edit, translate, distribute, syndicate, publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivative works of all such User Content and your name, voice, and/or likeness as contained in your User Content, in whole or in part, and in any form, media or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, for use in connection with the Service and Disqus’ (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.

      We may share your Personally Identifiable Information with unaffiliated third party agents and contractors to provide the Services to you, or to enable such agents and contractors to perform services they are providing for us, such as, but not limited to, host our websites, conduct marketing campaigns, order fulfillment and research and analytics.

    • I give it a year, max.

  • billbear1961

    You are pursued by a PERJURER and likely TRAITOR from a regime of liars, thieves and traitors, and they suspect and accuse YOU of CRIMES!! They will pry into the private lives of THOUSANDS while the Nazi Defiler-in-chief hides his TAX RETURNS, and his henchmen hide their GUILT in their private email accounts!!

    In a genuine democracy, where citizens really cared, massive and relentless protests would paralyze and overthrow a government that came–by whatever means–to be dominated by batshit-crazy fanatics, gangsters, pathological liars, and traitors, by FASCISTS!!

    Protest, now, while you still can!!

    Demand Trump’s tax returns and other financial records, secure elections and moderates only appointed to the courts (or his henchmen will rule to allow him to commit ANY crime he likes!).

    Demand Trump be held accountable for obstruction and unprecedented graft!!

  • safari
    • David Walker

      Stunning. It looks like shit. I’m stunned.

    • MBear

      seriously: this is what murrikkka puts on parade? b*tch can’t even do her makeup let alone dress herself. really people.

      • JWC

        she just need a gay boy for make up and wardrobe damned Repukians

        • MBear

          any gay boy worth his salt would suggest trashing it and starting all over…?

          • JWC

            Exactimente!!!

          • ByronK

            I’d recommend taking it off and burning it. And maybe not in that order either.

          • William

            Think of the ozone layer!

          • MBear

            The doctor used liquid nitrogen on things less ugly

        • David Walker

          Really. You’d think one of the Log Cabin girls would be glad to volunteer their time to help.

          • JWC

            Now David you just shot yourself down What would make you think a Log Cabin Lady knows style Look what she is married to

    • JWC

      How many mosquitos per sq /cm does that catch?

      • Natty Enquirer

        None, but the bees like it.

    • The_Wretched

      Please tell me that’s a photo shoppe. I’m incredulous.

      At least the facial contouring make up isn’t in ‘deep bruise’ color today.

    • PickyPecker

      My mother has that exact vinyl table cloth!

      • William

        Sarah saw it in the breakfast nook and just couldn’t resist it.

    • ByronK

      I hope she’s suddenly colonized by a swarm of bees.

      • TampaDink

        That made me smile.

      • Uncle Mark

        She’s quite the big B, herself

    • Christopher

      Oh FFS! Why is that even in stores?!

      Proof she has no gay friends.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Oh, she has gay “friends” all right!

        “Mary, did you see what I told that dumb bitch to wear? And she fell for it. Girl, there’s more than one way to get back at Trump.”

    • safari
      • William

        My Grandmother had the matching curtains.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          My grandmother had the matching death veil. Having noted, she also had the matching curtains. I think that was a thing back in the day.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Is that a mic or a boob accessory?

    • safari

      It feels like it is staring at me.

      • RobynWatts

        The new “Big Brother Line” from Trump.

      • HAAAAAAA

        LOL

    • SHS: “What’s the ugliest, most professionally inappropriate thing in my closet today…”

      • Uncle Mark

        Pleeease…it was on special sale at the Dress Barn

    • RobynWatts

      Q: Picture quiz: Which item does not fit this picture?

      A: The one that is named Sarah.

    • safari

      A mosaic snakeskin mourning gown with sheer-puffed forearms.

    • Lazycrockett

      No daddy warbucks is on talking bout how fair the new tax cuts will be.

      • safari

        It’ll only blow a hole the size of Iraq in the debt.

        • Lazycrockett

          debt smedt.

    • zhera

      Is she doing it on purpose? You know, to break people’s brains so that noone will ask the hard questions?

  • The_Wretched

    Another step on the road to Gilead. The government investigating you for your politics.

  • JWC

    Although it is my full belief that if Facebook and Twitter hold information contrary to the US government they should release it However I do NOT support a wholesale raid on their records ESP by this crooked corrupt administration NEVER Let a responsible body examine the record use what they need an leave the rest intact

  • billbear1961

    If they force the Resistance underground, it should become fiercer than ever and engage in whatever SABOTAGE is necessary to paralyze and overthrow this illegitimate and increasingly FASCIST regime!!

    • Gustav2

      but…but…but how is the cell phone service underground? Got to Instagram our dinners. /s

      • billbear1961

        The bear is not very clever, G, but others ARE!

        I was reminded recently by someone on another site of the existence of “burner” phones.

    • Tomcat

      Maybe we need to ask the French for help in this?

  • Tomcat

    Once again I have to ask, what if Obama or Hillary had asked for information similar to this? Republican heads would explode all over us.

  • O/T: Puerto Rico & the USVI.

    What responses are happening there now are because we still have professionals working in FEMA, the Coast Guard, and other gov’t agencies as well as non-gov’t agencies who commonly work on disaster relief. Normally, the White House steps up to coordinate and have their own activities plans, including stuff like finding additional resources, adjusting regs (like the Jones Act) as needed and so on.

    There was a big coordinating conference call this past Monday, 25 September, a full week after Maria hit.

    https://twitter.com/AynRandPaulRyan/status/913426909282713600

    As the tweet-thread goes, each department reported their activities and projections. It was then time for the White House to report. And what they said? “Nothing planned for Puerto Rico.”

    NOTHING.

    https://twitter.com/AynRandPaulRyan/status/913428852034101249

    • David Walker

      It infuriates me no end that this is still happening. I so want 45 and his fellow disgusting assholes out of our lives forever.

    • zhera

      Can the administration get sued for this?

    • billbear1961

      It is one more reason to demand his ouster!

      He’s not filling government positions (he’s crippling the Executive branch), and he and his staff in the WH are not doing their JOBS!!

      Where are the Democrats and the fucking PRESS to DEMAND accountability?!

      The public should MARCH to demand his removal for this and so many OTHER reasons (that I’ve listed again and again and again!).

    • ByronK

      Un-fucking-believable. And of course the government in PR will have to hold its tongue indefinitely during the years of reconstruction for fear of having any funding pulled as retaliation if they call out Trump’s sheer negligence in responding to the crisis.

    • What are the chances the ones who are closest to cheeotlini didn’t know that Puerto Ricans are American citizens?

      • doninkansas

        That has been my suspicion all along and that they just don’t care either way.

  • zhera

    There’s absolutely no legal reason for the probe in the first place, unless people were planning illegal activity there. Were they? Extremely doubtful. This is fascism!

    • Tomcat

      They were all fake, now go home elf.

    • No legal reason, you’re right. This is all about Donald still fuming over the fact his inauguration was both shitty and protested. This is the pathological narcissist striking out against those who disappointed him.

      And it’s Jeffy trying to find some way to mollify his boss, so he doesn’t get thrown under the bus.

      • Halou

        Didn’t he frame a photo of the Women’s March that happened the day after, sign his name on it and show it off to visitors?

    • Philip Thompson

      Of course they were planning something illegal there. That’s the group that planned the violent riots.

      That’s what the DOJ is looking for: evidence of planning the riot.

  • That is not a reasonable request. There’s no crime involved and therefore no reason for a warrant. but I wouldn’t be surprised in Facebook turned over information anyway.

  • LosFelizGuy

    Where is this page so I can “like” it too? Help muddy up their investigation!

  • William

    Are we required to take a loyalty oath to Der Furor?

    • Ross

      Soon, my little pretty, soon.

  • Phil2u

    What? I mean WHAT?

  • Pip

    Wow, they’re not even trying to hide that they are gearing up to be a 1984 style police state.

    I guess at this point all I can say is… Bring it bitches.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c7cb3e8fd12c161bbe732c350bf4dc24f9aff2a40919dc2ebac0a6f90f5459a2.jpg

  • Halou

    Did somebody hurt Donny’s feefees? So the entire force of the federal government must come crashing down on these “traitors” to make Donny happy again.
    What sort of a democracy is this?

  • Franciscan

    Didn’t Sessions just give a lecture on the absolute importance of freedom of speech? Oh, I see, it’s only for those to the south of the Mason-Dixon line.

  • DaveMiller135

    What a gang of peevish little ninnies. The superpower of the checks and balances built into our way of government is that it is literally someone’s job to keep idiots from doing just whatever they want to. Also, an atheist’s blessing on the ACLU.

  • bkmn

    Jefferson Bullshitregard Sessions does not understand the concept of overreach.

    • William

      Please, it’s Jeffy.

      • bkmn

        Or Sessy….

  • Gene Perry

    So, let me get this straight … “liking” an anti-Trump page is probable cause for a search warrant?

  • Tawreos

    Well, this is only mildly terrifying, although it does make me wish I knew someone with a hidden room that I might need to use some day.

  • Hank

    Herr Drumpf’s DOJ = Fascists!!!!!

  • Hank

    Wait until JMG comes to their attention!!!! We are ALL in for a Lawsuit!!!

  • LVBx3

    Does this include Trolls & Bots that liked the page so as to comment & try to muddy the waters?

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Please, if they really want to come after people they had better do more than a mere like on Facebook. Honestly, a FB like? That’s just lame; one must do more.

    So, Sessions et al, you useless has been of an elf, if you are reading this, you and your boss have really tiny dicks, and are a major embarrassment to the free world. You’re a joke and steaming piles of maggot infested horseshit have nothing on how vile you are. Oh, I’d tell you to kiss my middle aged Queer ass but I’d be doing you the favor. And I’d undoubtedly catch something in the process.

  • chris james

    Shades of J. Edgar Hoover whose FBI files on so many people were certainly illegal.

  • Nunya D. Bidness

    What’s the anti-trump page, I’ll go like it now.

  • Hue-Man

    The next time I’m lectured by someone that the U.S. is the ONLY nation on the planet with free speech, I’m going to copy the link to this post in reply. Trump and his co-conspirators don’t believe in the Constitution and Freedom of Speech is the first to be taken away.

  • narutomania

    To the DOJ: Fuck Off.

  • Charles Nelson

    Where are the thousands of DOJ Facebook warrants demanding the accounts of all those hidden-Russian pro-Trump agents?

  • nipper

    No need to search, I was one and I am damn proud of it

  • arabylilac

    Hey, got news for the keebler elf there are millions of us and we won’t stop.

  • Philip Thompson

    Remember when the ACLU and media were just as outraged over the Obama administration doing the exact same thing for the Bundys’ facebook pages?

    • colly

      Bundy? You mean that greedy ass guy who sold the land then gave an excuse because he wanted to get back the land when he discovered that it’s good enough for grazing again? Or you mean the death threats his supporters have on the facebook pages? Or maybe you mean Bundy the domestic terrorist? Don’t pretend he’s not.

  • Ore Carmi

    So, what’s the link to that anti-Trump page? I want to join.