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Johnson starts online war with government

Written By Ryan Scott Jensen of Utah
Salt Lake Tribune whom has been covering this John Swallow and Jeremy Johnson story the past year have written another article about the online war that Johnson has put on. It makes you wonder  why the feds and John Swallow can have a website up freely claiming his side, but Jeremy Johnson can’t have his own websites claiming his side?
I know fake profiles, false statements and all the other stuff everyone cries fowl on but if one person can’t use social media and the internet net then the other party should be held to the same standard.
The internet is a ruthless world. It’s harsh, crude and uncensored. We need to really look at the online world and see how we can better it for children. Anyway now I am going off subject…. Here is a well written update about Jeremy Johnson’s gag order.
Johnson’s War — Utah businessman battling the feds on many online fronts

Prosecutors are trying to block Johnson from firing back on YouTube, Facebook.

By TOM HARVEY

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Feb 10 2013 01:01 am • Updated 2 hours ago

Call it Johnson’s War — with Jeremy Johnson as commander in chief.

The indicted and sued St. George businessman is waging high-tech, low-cost battles against his federal tormentors through YouTube videos, websites, Facebook, Twitter, a blog and interviews with the mainstream media.

At a glance

The Swallow case

Indicted St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson has alleged that Utah’s new attorney general, John Swallow, helped broker payoffs to enlist the aid of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in derailing a Federal Trade Commission investigation of Johnson’s I Works business.

Swallow and Reid have vehemently denied the allegations. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has said it is investigating.

He appears to be taking no prisoners:

• Johnson’s YouTube videos accuse federal prosecutors of threatening to indict his family if he doesn’t plead guilty in his criminal case in which he asserts his innocence.

• He lobs witness-tampering allegations on YouTube at a Federal Trade Commission attorney.

• He indicts the agency’s actions on his EvilFTC.com website, which he promotes on Twitter.

• On Facebook, an “[Unofficial Fan Page] United States Attorney for the District of Utah” draws negative comments about prosecutors.

• And Johnson levels similar accusations in interviews with reporters.

His has been a months-long assault, but now federal prosecutors in Utah are fed up and trying to halt it. They’ve asked a federal judge in Salt Lake City to order Johnson to stop making statements to the news media and to dismantle his online offensive.

This type of effort from a defendant is unusual, but — with the rise of the Internet and social media — people such as Johnson now have a variety of tools at their fingertips to fight such a guerrilla war against their persecutors.

The FTC sued Johnson and his I Works company in 2010, alleging it illegally charged consumers’ credit and debit cards monthly fees after luring them with offers of products for small fees.

This is just a small shot of the article so go to the Salt Lake Tribune for the full version.

Thanks,

Ryan Scott Jensen