DOJ Backs Down From Overbroad J20 Warrant. But Problems Still Remain

Visitors To Anti-Trump Site Ask Judge To Block DOJ Warrant For Server Logs

Government lawyers said that they now "had no interest in records relating to the 1.3m IP addresses", according to court documents sourced by BuzzFeed News journalists. The sheer amount of personal data covered by the warrant prompted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to call it a "clear threat" to Constitutional rights, with the rights organization and DreamHost alike raising concerns about First and Fourth Amendment protections.

Federal prosecutors in Washington say in court papers Tuesday that a search warrant they obtained from a judge last month was focused exclusively on gathering evidence of a "premeditated riot".

But prosecutors say they believe that the site,, was used for the planning and development of violent protests that accompanied the January 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Justice Department attorneys wrote in court filings that the narrowed request would moot Dreamhost's arguments, but the web hosting company responded saying it does not intend to drop the fight.

US Attorney Channing Phillips wrote in the brief that they were only after a small group of individuals who coordinated and participated in "a premeditated riot".

Dreamhost which hosts the site said it was going to challenge the request in court.

DOJ says it could not be narrowed before because "the government could not exclude from the scope of the Warrant what it did not know existed".

More news: Buyout rumors persist after Wade's kids reportedly attend Fla. school
More news: Nasri moves to Antalyaspor, Burnley in record deal for Chris Woods
More news: Clouds Might Obscure Eclipse In Michigan

"The website was not just a means to publicly disseminate information (as many websites are created to do), but was also used to coordinate and to privately communicate among a focused group of people whose intent included planned violence", the government wrote in a court filing.

DreamHost characterized the DOJ's decision as a victory.

A hearing is still scheduled for Thursday at 10 Superior Court in Washington.

As part of its case against the site, the DOJ served a sweeping warrant [PDF] on web-hosting company DreamHost, seeking virtually every piece of information DreamHost might have about DisruptJ20 and its visitors.

The government initially sought to compel DreamHost to release the information on July 28.

DreamHost does not have details about the DOJ's investigation into, but it says the scope of the government's request is concerning. And it is fair to assume that despite unprecedented recent efforts by the White House to impose itself on the Department of Justice's traditional autonomy, we have yet to reach the point where the DoJ is using its extraordinary powers to gather political intelligence on the Trump Administration's political opponents.


  • Samsung is creating a smart speaker after all

    Samsung is creating a smart speaker after all

    Today CNBC has confirmed that Samsung's President of mobile has told them that a smart speaker is in fact on the way "soon". That being said, Bixby is coming to connected Samsung wearables and other Samsung devices.
    Eclipse glasses: Donate, toss or save for 2024?

    Eclipse glasses: Donate, toss or save for 2024?

    Since the organization strives to bring astronomy-based education to schools, this is pretty much the flawless project for them. Those dark solar filters aren't good for much except viewing another eclipse, but that doesn't mean you should toss them.
    Verizon to start throttling video streaming to as low as 480p tomorrow

    Verizon to start throttling video streaming to as low as 480p tomorrow

    Earlier, Verizon customers were using VPN to circumvent throttling practice for streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. Now, it appears that Verizon's throttling "tests" have been extended to a full-blown implementation across its network.
  • ISS Perfectly Photobombs Total Solar Eclipse

    ISS Perfectly Photobombs Total Solar Eclipse

    Kutryk believes people are living at a time when humans will potentially return to the moon and that he hopes to travel there. Also, NASA uploaded a video of the transit of the International Space Station during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse .
    Powerball jackpot hits $650M for Wednesday's drawing

    Powerball jackpot hits $650M for Wednesday's drawing

    The Virginia Lottery expects to sell more than 2.1 million Powerball tickets on Wednesday, the day of the drawing . Because so many people have bought chances on the big bucks, the jackpot has grown to an estimated $700 million.
    Fans react to AP Top 25 preseason poll on Twitter

    Fans react to AP Top 25 preseason poll on Twitter

    Alabama is the only Southeastern Conference team in the top 10, but the SEC still leads the way with six teams in the Top 25. No. 12 Auburn will open the season against Georgia Southern on September 2 at 6:30 p.m. central time at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
  • Taylor Swift Puts Her 'Reputation' On The Line

    Taylor Swift Puts Her 'Reputation' On The Line

    What is clear, however, is that Swift is ready to reclaim and reinvent her image with her upcoming record. It's the follow up to the massively successful 1989, which she released three years ago.
    A CCTV footage shows Sasikala entering jail in civilian clothes

    A CCTV footage shows Sasikala entering jail in civilian clothes

    Also known as Chinamma, Sasikala was sent to jail after she surrendered before a trial court in Karnataka capital. Amid power tussle with O Panneerselvam, Sasikala was awarded 4 years of jail sentence in the corruption case.
    Android 8.0 is now officially Android Oreo

    Android 8.0 is now officially Android Oreo

    Less than an hour ago , Google formally took the veil off of Android 8.0 Oreo stating that OTAs would be hitting "soon". New notification dots have also been added which will flag when an app has an alert waiting to be addressed.
  • SEA Games 29: Karate, athletics add golds for Vietnam

    SEA Games 29: Karate, athletics add golds for Vietnam

    Malaysia's Tia'a Faang Der was the runner-up in 2:01.04, while Thailand's Navaphat Wongcharoen came third in 2:01.06. This total would match the nation's result from back in 2001 when Malaysia last hosted the Southeast Asian Games.
    The Sims 4 gets Cats & Dogs expansion - The Sims Mobile due 'soon'

    The Sims 4 gets Cats & Dogs expansion - The Sims Mobile due 'soon'

    Lastly, The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs will expand The Sims 4 with the handsome coastal shores of a brand-new world, Brindleton Bay. The all new Create A Pet tool provides players with the ability to create and design their flawless pet.
    Six Police Officers Shot, One Fatally, In String Of Shootings

    Six Police Officers Shot, One Fatally, In String Of Shootings

    Police says the officers heard gunshots when they approached the house and then a man came out firing a high-powered rifle. Authorities originally said they believed there were four suspects, but O'Dell said no others arrests were anticipated.


Latest news

Rocket League for Switch has Super Mario and Metroid-themed Battle-Cars
Players will still need to complete certain in-game goals to get them but there will be no paywall outside of purchasing the game. No definitive release date has been locked down for the game yet but all signs are pointing to a release some time this year.

HP Ferrari Portofino Arrives to Replace California T
Ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017, Ferrari has unveiled a replacement for its California T - dubbed the Ferrari Portofino . Premiere of the Ferrari Portofino received the 600-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo motor, will take place in September.

Air India chief takes over as new Railway Board head
Mittal resigned as the Railway Boarc chairman, following two back-to-back train accidents. Early Wednesday morning, Kaifiyat express derailed near Auraiya injuring over 70 people.

Why Trump's Phoenix rally puts Charlottesville back in the spotlight
Trump's approval rating is only at 33 percent in both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and down to 36 percent in MI . The president's remarks brought condemnation from many Democrats and several Republicans as well.

US, South Korea Seem to Scale Back War Games
The maneuvers will continue until August 31 and will include computer simulations to prepare against a possible DPRK attack. Kim would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees", a North Korean statement said last week.

KJ apologises to Indonesia for upside-down flag
Indonesia's flag has a red stripe above a white stripe, but it was inverted, making it look instead like the flag of Poland. Mr Khairy said the mistake was "unintentional and it happened due to our carelessness".

Knife attack injures 8 in Russian Federation , assailant killed by police
At least two people are fighting for their lives, while another five were hospitalised in the stabbing spree , authorities said. On Saturday, the Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack through the group's Amaq News Agency.

United States visa changes to affect mainly Russian independent travelers, says authority
Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, but the move ends this practice, forcing applicants to go to the Russian capital. The embassy's announcement is just the latest episode in a diplomatic spat between the countries after the U.S.

Oxford University employee and United States professor charged with murder in Chicago
Prosecutors said Lathem paid for Warren to visit the USA and the two of them then chose to kill victims of Lathem's choosing. Warren then left the room and returned with two kitchen knives, allegedly joining in on the stabbing.

Maersk Oil & Gas accept $7.45bn Total deal
Moller-Maersk Line indicate a welcome recovery for container lines, but challenging times for shippers, the Load Star reported. Chrysaor is backed by Harbour Energy Ltd., an investment vehicle managed by Washington-based EIG Global Energy Partners.

Barcelona to forego shirt names in tribute to terror attack victims
Isco and Marcelo drove Zinedine Zidane's side forward from the left and moved the ball for Luka Modric to shoot at goal . Betis will have felt aggrieved at Suarez's intervention - but in reality it had little bearing on the final outcome.

We thought we would chase close to 300 runs: Virat Kohli
After being 139 for one, to get bowled out for 216 is something an global side just must not do. Earlier, the Indian spinners triggered a Sri Lankan batting collapse after a strong start.

Deportivo La Coruna 0-3 Real Madrid
It was 2-0 just seven minutes later when an unmarked Casemiro tapped home Marcelo's pinpoint cross. In general terms we are happy as this isn't an easy ground to visit.

Erdogan calls on Turks in Germany to reject main parties - Standard
Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Twitter: "We expect foreign governments to not interfere in our internal affairs". Merkel, who leads the CDU party, will be running for a fourth term as chancellor in the September 24 elections.

Australia 34 - 54 New Zealand: All Blacks blitz Wallabies
Damian McKenzie and Ben Smith scored tries early in the second half as this competition opener turned into a complete mauling. Bernard Foley kicked the Wallabies to trail by a point with a 17th-minute penalty after the All Blacks scrum was penalised.

Other news