Another Occupy Wall Streeter's Twitter Feed Subpoenaed

 Jeff Rae, a DC-based activist who was an original Occupy Wall Street participant, tweeting early news about the Zuccotti Park occupation from September 17th on, has announced that his Twitter records have been subpoenaed. 

 He's posted the letter from Twitter here; it reads, in part: 

...Twitter has received legal process, dated March 8, 2012, requesting information regarding your Twitter account, @jeffrae.


Please be advised Twitter will respond to this request in 7 days from the date of this notice unless we receive notice from you that a motion to quash the legal process has been filed or that this matter has been otherwise resolved.

 This is just the latest in a long line of Twitter accounts being subpoenaed in ongoing investigations into Occupy activity. And it probably won't be the last. The Nation reported on the last set of Twitter subpoenas: 


“Law enforcement appears to regularly be sending subpoenas to Twitter,” says Fine, adding that it’s likely that other social networks are receiving them as well, as government seeks more information about Internet activity, and are not notifying the subscriber. In federal cases, the government may request that a judge issue a “gag order,” so that the social network site cannot notify its subscriber. Both federal and state prosecutors may want not content, but information about where a subscriber was at a particular time, for a typical criminal case. What is unprecedented about Harris’s subpoena is that he learned about it.

Especially troubling, Fine says, is that the prosecutor often seeks more than the subscriber’s identity, e-mail address and other identification; here they want the content of the transmissions, including private messages, so that both the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution are unprotected.


AlterNet / By Sarah Jaffe

Posted at March 12, 2012, 9:37am

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