DOJ Demands 1.3 Million IP Addresses Of Visitors To Antifa Website Used To Coordinate Riots

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In what is shaping up to be a contentious battle over privacy rights and free speech, the Department of Justice has formally requested that web hosting firm ‘DreamHost’ turn over 1.3 million IP addresses and other information to ‘unmask‘ visitors to the anti-Trump Antifa website ‘,’ as part of the investigation into crimes committed on and around January 20 by protesters. DreamHost has challenged the request, claiming the scope of data requested violates the first and fourth amendments because it is too broad. was registered in October of 2016 by the ‘DC Anti-fascist Coalition,’ and promoted along with the hashtag #DisruptJ20, as a central resource for anti-Trump protesters to coordinate various plots over social media intended disrupt the presidential inauguration on and around January 20. The website connected users through mailing lists and planned meet-ups, and provided a calendar of anarchistic events as well as resources to help people prepare for the mayhem. The site also provides a ‘legal guide’ for those arrested.

Of note, organizers Luke Kuhn and Colin Dunn were caught on hidden camera at the infamous Comet Ping Pong Pizza restaurant in Washington DC, where they divulged plans to release butyric acid at the “Deploraball” Inauguration party, as well as “a series of clusterf*ck blockades, blockades of all the major ingress points in the city, shutting down major bridges and highway access points, as well as shutting down metro rail.” (video 1, video 2)

As a result of the undercover sting, both men in the video were arrested along with a third – however after inauguration related chaos, organized and coordinated in large part through the DisruptJ20 website, 230 ‘black-bloc‘ protesters were arrested and subsequently indicted on felony rioting charges after the “anti-fascists” rioted in the streets – smashing storefronts, setting a limousine on fire, and injuring six police officers.

DOJ Request

Following the inauguration riots, the Department of Justice served DisruptJ20 website host, DreamHost, with a search warrant – requesting over 1.3 million IP addresses, as well as contact information, emails, photos, and browsing habits of visitors to the Antifa website.

DreamHost is currently challenging the request in court, and has hearing scheduled for Friday. In its most recent filing, the company claims “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”.

Unsettling precedent

While authorities need to be able to gather evidence used in to help prosecute crimes - especially against violent leftists who have committed countless crimes in the name of tolerance, scooping up a shotgun blast of personal information from up to 1.3 million people sets a dangerous precedent – as it effectively opens the door to targeted data collection on all Americans, right down to browsing habits.

“In essence, the Search Warrant not only aims to identify the political dissidents of the current administration, but attempts to identify and understand what content each of these dissidents viewed on the website,” said DreamHost General Council Chris Ghazarian in a legal filing opposing the request.

Given recent revelations of the Obama administration’s illegal unmasking of thousands of Americans during the 2016 election, people are more aware than ever of the risk of government malfeasance when it comes to collecting, storing, and misusing the information of private citizens and organizations. Even if the Trump administration (packed with holdovers) promises to treat personal information with the utmost discretion, and somehow we could trust that promise – history has shown that the next despot to come along would gladly use it to target groups of people via illegal surveillance, tax records, or court-ordered production of a website’s user data - even the one you're on right now...

Perhaps the DOJ is attempting to use a hammer when a scalpel would suffice?


HockeyFool nmewn Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:42 Permalink

They came for BLM, but I'm not BLM so who cares?They came for the SJWs, but I hate those assholes too, so who cares?They came for Antifa fags, but I'm not an antifa fag so who cares?They never came for me and now all the assclowns are gone.Things are looking up!

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dasein211 CheapBastard Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:09 Permalink

So as a warning to snowflakes and skinheads alike, the government has access to everything you do when you store shit in ONE place or host it in ONE place. That's why things like the Golem network and SIAcoin will start to win. It will be a direct computer to computer net that doesn't need hosts. I realize many Zerohedgers do little to no research but if you knew how these things worked you see a future where it's damn near impossible for the govt to track you. Call bullshit on blockchain all you want but hardly one of you fucks have done a minutes worth of research.

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lew1024 El Oregonian Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:54 Permalink

Soros has to be strongly connected to CIA interests.  Who works for who is the only question.Likely Soros is the CIA's means of profiting from all of their inside info that affect currency trades, and as an arms-length means of fostering the various political movements the CIA needs for overthrowing governments.  Also, Soros's NGOs are cover for CIA operatives. 

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MalteseFalcon Keyser Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:13 Permalink

There is no need for an internet dragnet.Pre-internet methods will suffice.Things like arresting them in public when they commit obvious crimes like assault.Or simply going to the address on the many circulars that are passed out in public calling for paid activists and noting the organizers.If this administration cannot find the political will to arrest Hillary and her colleagues, it must be able to muster the will to arrest organizers and financiers of these pageants.

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bh2 MalteseFalcon Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:42 Permalink

"Things like arresting them in public when they commit obvious crimes like assault."In most places where these riots occur, the local political power is in the hands of leftist sympathizers who just order the police to stand back when the criminal thugs go on the attack.It's those no less criminal mayors, police chiefs, and city council members who should be arrested for diriliction of duty and refusal to maintain public order.

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new game nmewn Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:45 Permalink

hey folksy types; the nsa has all the info they need w/o need for any court action to snope, infiltrate, spy, arrest, and make anyones life a nightmare. they could team up with cee i ah to plant evidence. hey trumpster, use these tools to fight back! oh, hey, a special thanks to bushy II(and congressioanal traitors), for your due diligence to strip the constitutional rights from mericans via the 911 hoax...

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False_Profit nmewn Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:39 Permalink

Everyone needs to calm down and take a deep breath. This is nothing but the doj  performing discovery in the initial phase of a criminal prosecution against a domestic terrorist organization. The Stasi would have done this without anyone knowing.Remember we are talking about a movement that is being organised by the SUSPICIOUSLY ABSENT ///BILL AYERS/// OF WEATHER UNDERGROUND INFAMY!  DOES THE FOLLOWING RING A BELL??? guarantee you they will find my IP on this list because I believe in keeping your enemies closer...I am a constitutionalist.I am a patriot.difficult times are on the horizon, times we haven't seen since the civil war...prepare accordingly in the real world...Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country...#minuteman

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you_are_cleared_hot dogismycopilot Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:23 Permalink

Personally, I have no issue with this whatsoever. Weather it is the ZH site or disrupt J20 site - you should get your head examined if you think there is such a thing as "privacy" and "anonymity" over the interwebs. There are street cams and traffic cams all over the place's just the world we live in today. I'll bet all of those fools over at Disrupt J20 are getting nervous over all of the POTUS threats they have made.

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Byte Me Paul Kersey Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:25 Permalink

TBAH, after 7+ years inhabiting the ZH microuniverse, venting, criticizing, putting up weedy fights, etc., etc., I don't give a flying fork who has my (dynamic) IP addy at this stage.If you have a presence on the web - work on the basis that you are public, whether 'anonymous' or not.Get over it.Oh yeah, and if you are so preternaturally DUMB as to have had (or have) a FartBook account - where you have systematically uploaded your life for all to revel in - go and look in the mirror for the "bigger fool."+1 anyway.

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Ajax-1 Buck Johnson Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:53 Permalink

People that visit White Power (WP) websites are engaging in Constitutionally protectected speech. Do you have proof that they are engaged in organizing or participating in riotous behavior. In Charlottesville, the WP participants were peaceful protestors. It wasn't until they were provoked by Communist/Socialist/Progressive rioting thugs that things became violent. As a result, the WP people were then forced to protect themselves.

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bh2 Buck Johnson Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:55 Permalink

If alt-righters are coordinating disruptive, criminal assaults on others, you have a solid point.However -- to date -- most of that "action" has come from the militant left who believe they are demonstrating bravery by wading into protest crowds with bats.There's been a lot of open talk on the internet among the hard left for the need to train for physical assault. That demonstrates intent to perform acts which are NOT constitutionally protected "speech". They are conspiracy to commit crimes.When bikers show up and push back, of course, these brave "antifas" melt away like snowflakes.

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Akzed bh2 Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:11 Permalink

Individual rioters are identifiable by face recognition sw. Are they wearing masks? Ok, then there's gait recognition sw, inter alia. The purpose of this subpoena may be to stick it to the web site in question for being a partry to the riot, not just to further agitate those who were charged. When this site's involvement in facilitating a riot is proven by connecting it to the rioting Reds, its owner/mgr can be charged.

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