AND THE SEARCH FOR DISSIDENTS BEGINS
April 6, 2017
SOON AFTER Donald Trump’s inauguration, persons critical of the president and his administration began creating anonymous Twitter accounts claiming to be dissident members of the federal government, such as the famous “Alt BLM” and “Rogue POTUS Staff” users. Today, Twitter is filing suit against the U.S. government, exposing an attempt to expose and attack one such account.
The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California, says the @ALT_USCIS Twitter account is now being targeted by the Department of Homeland Security:
On March 14, 2017, Defendant Adam Hoffman, an agent within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, transmitted to Twitter by fax a summons, ordering Twitter to produce certain records pertaining to the @ALT_USCIS account. The CBP Summons invoked as authority 19 U.S.C. § 1509. It was signed by Defendant Stephen P. Caruso, a CBP Special Agent in Charge based in Miramar, Florida. A true and accurate copy of the CBP Summons, in the form it was received by Twitter, is attached as Exhibit A.
NOTE: While it's too early to accuse the Trump Administration of targeting it's critics for extermination, remember that we also thought it was too early last year to accuse the Trump Team of assisting Russia in rigging the 2016 Presidential Election. I have to say, though, that this seems typical Trump: Someone criticizes him and he attacks. He has a nasty habit of trying to silence his critics, thin skinned as he apparently is. Not sure this bodes well of the next however long Trump is in office. But unless some sort of espionage or criminal activity is revealed, I don't see how Twitter can lose this fight.
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