After anonymously commenting on a web site, can the Feds force your real identity out of the hosting blog or site?

Do you think that the 1st Amendment Free Speech is NOT under attack? Think again & then you might consider what comments you might have made that could be taken out of context & end up putting you too into the hot seat with some elected official or even an appointed one…

Peace and Freedom

U.S. Federal Government

Feds want to unmask internet commenters writing about the Silk Road trial judge

Do the comments constitute a true threat?

By Colin Lecher

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht has already been sentenced to life in prison, but the fallout from the trial continues: the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York now wants to know the identities of people anonymously commenting on the judge in the trial.

A grand jury subpoena, obtained by Ken White of the law blog Popehat, demands that libertarian news magazine Reason hand over “any and all identifying information” about certain commenters posting on an article published May 31st, “Silk Road Trial: Read Ross Ulbricht’s Haunting Sentencing Letter to Judge.”

The comments are vile. One suggests “[it’s] judges like these that should be taken out back and shot.” Another says, “I hope there is a special place…

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