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[liberationtech] Facebook ‘likes’ used as evidence of material support for terrorism

Peter Micek peter at
Wed Nov 28 15:51:08 PST 2012

Very interesting. The PDF is just a complaint based on an affidavit;
there's no judgment by the magistrate. So the officer throws up
everything, saying it influences his professional judgment, and hopes
something sticks with the judge. Note also this is all evidence they're
conspiring to, not actually providing material support.


On 11/28/12 6:14 PM, Douglas Lucas wrote:
> Here is an article about the 4 US residents in question:
> Here is the indictment PDF:
> According to the PDF, defendants "conspired to provide material support
> and resources, including but not limited to property, services, and
> personnel, including themselves, knowing and intending that they be used
> in preparation for, and in carrying out, crimes of terrorism in
> violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339A."
> The indictment uses (among other things) social media likes/shares as
> evidence that there is "probable cause to believe" defendants violated
> the law, but, from what I can discern, does not say the likes/shares
> themselves constituted material support per se. From my inexpert reading
> of the indictment, it suggests that (there is probable cause to believe
> that) the defendants themselves constituted the material support. Sort
> of a strange existential distinction there...
> Somebody who has more legal knowledge than I might be able to comment on
> this more usefully.
> On 11/28/2012 01:40 PM, Mohammad Shublaq wrote:
>> Facebook ‘likes’ used as evidence of material support for terrorism
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