Well before a white nationalist “Unite the Right” demonstration turned deadly in Charlottesville this month, attendees were planning for violence, according to leaked online chats. In private chat channels, they shared advice on weaponry and tactics, including repeatedly broaching the idea of driving vehicles through opposition crowds. After the vehicular attack which killed counterprotestor Heather Heyer, users of the channel celebrated the event.
The discussions took place on a private channel created using Discord, a service primarily intended for gamers. Hundreds of screenshots of the exchanges were released this week by Unicorn Riot, a left-wing activist group, which said they were shared by an anonymous source. The records also included audio recordings of planning meetings.
They say they don’t have evidence that the guy who killed Heather Heyer was using that channel (yet). But as I had said before, the idea of killing protesters via vehicle has been around for awhile in the alt-right circles. It’s a fantasy of theirs.
Here’s another thing - the Trump administration has successfully demanded over 1.3 million IP addresses from a website that organizes anti-Trump protests.
Web hosting service DreamHost is fighting a Department of Justice demand to scoop up all the IP addresses of visitors to an anti-Trump website. The website in question, disruptj20.org, organized participants of political protests against the current U.S. administration.
Blogging about its objections to the warrant yesterday, DreamHost’s general counsel describes it as “a highly untargeted demand that chills free association and the right of free speech afforded by the Constitution”.
Dreamhost tried to fight them, but lost.
In a chilling attack on free speech, a District of Columbia Superior Court judge Thursday ordered the web hosting company DreamHost to make available to the Trump administration vast amounts of data related to a website, disruptj20.org, which organized protests against Trump’s inauguration in January.
The Trump administration is openly targeting dissidents. And with the pardon of Arpaio, they’ve sent a clear message that even when you break the law, as long as you’re on Trump’s side, you will not face any consequences.