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My Fellow Users,

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.

What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

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(via Gizmodo)

Well, it's a little murkier than that. There really is a basic level of "safety through security" in that we don't (yet?!!) have Jackboots marching down the streets. So if you just live your life, you'll get through most days.

But Snowden isn't exactly a dummy - he clearly knew he's in Whole Hog on this, and that's taking it to a whole other level. So speaking of Chaos, everything around him is going to go through a distortion field.

Finally. The first company "in the biz" takes a firm pubic stand on the issue and really puts its entire business on the line in protest.

Lets see if that motivates others in the industry to follow suit.

This could be the start of a cyber Bastille Day. :Thmbsup:

I wouldn't be too worried about "the industry." Have you noticed how all the people running around, appearing on news shows, and holding press conferences just keep repeating the same things over and over even though nobody believes them? It's not because they think they're fooling anyone. They're just so out of touch with the rest of the world they literally don't know how to do anything else.

What matters is that the masses have realized the emperor has no clothes and suddenly the spell is broken. A month ago people were scared not to go along with the government. Now they're just scared of the government. And now they're looking back at what we've been telling them for years and suddenly it makes sense. At the end of the day that's all people are looking for. Somebody to fill in the blanks they can't fill in for themselves.

No matter how charming or convincing or threatening you are sooner or later you have to deliver. Almost everyone can tell the difference between the real thing and a fake. Some people just take a lot longer than others.

Holy crap! He flushed 10 years of his life down the toilet rather than cave in to the criminals in power.

Dude is a H.E.R.O!

Lets see if that motivates others in the industry to follow suit.-40hz (August 08, 2013, 09:36 PM)
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Let's hope and pray. If enough people stop cooperating with the criminals in power (Crips?), things will get better.


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