From Law Newz.
The ACLU-DC is trying to stop three search warrants by the Department of Justice snoop around protesters’ Facebook accounts over Inauguration Day protests. They filed in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday, stating that these demands violate the Fourth Amendment because they are so broad, and threatening 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.
Joe Walsh, reiterated the importance of constitutional freedom over partisanship by tweeting, ‘‘I don’t care that this is Trump’s DOJ. This is wrong.’’
I don’t care that this is Trump’s DOJ. This is wrong. Looks like government overreach. Violation of privacy rights. https://t.co/f2VrxOlJNz
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) September 28, 2017
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.
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