Prosecutors say the website disruptj20.org was used in the "development, planning, advertisement, and organization of a violent riot" that took place during President Trump's Inauguration Day
In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, police fire pepper spray at protestors during a demonstration in downtown after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, photo: AP/John Minchillo, File
15 of August 2017 17:33:00
WASHINGTON – An internet company is fighting what it says is a "sweeping" request for information about an anti-Trump website that prosecutors allege was behind destructive Inauguration Day protests. The company says the government is seeking information about 1.3 million visitors to the site, among other information.More than 200 people were charged after protesters broke windows and set fire to a limousine on President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. Prosecutors say the website disruptj20.org was used in the "development, planning, advertisement, and organization of a violent riot," and they obtained a search warrant in July ordering the company that hosted the website, DreamHost, to turn over information.But California-based DreamHost says the warrant violates the Constitution and a federal privacy law. The company said in a blog post Monday that it's being asked to turn over IP addresses of those who visited the site plus "contact information, email content and photos of thousands of people." The company said that "information could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution's First Amendment.""That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyone's mind," the post says.