In news from the Republican convention, the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the New York City Indymedia center. The Justice Department is demanding Indymedia’s internet service provider hand over records regarding posts on the site that listed the names of Republican delegates. The federal government is claiming the posting of the delegates’ names may constitute a form of voter intimidation.
The American Civil Liberties Union is defending Indymedia and the internet provider Calyx in the case.
Ann Beeson of the A.C.L.U. said “We can’t see any legitimate purpose behind this investigation, and it looks to us like another attempt to repress legitimate political dissent.”