Saturday, August 10, 2013

Totalitarian US Government Shuts Down Secure Email Services

If you ever needed evidence of the totalitarian, thuggish nature of your Federal Government, then look how they strong-armed secure email services to shut-down.  The list of affected services is piling up:  Silent Circle, Lavabit and TorMail (shut down by Irish authorities).   

No one is allowed any email privacy by our US Stasi apparatus. (Stasi is the nickname of the famously thuggish East Germany Ministry for State Security.)  

I've warned you of Government Tyranny before.  Also see my blog: Gestapo Tactics From Obama Administration talking about IRS targeting abuses.  Also relevant is my blog:  Next Will Be Federal Takeover of your Medical Information.

The recent news is that Lavabit, the secure email service used by Edward Snowden, has shut down after harassment by the Gestapo apparatus of the Federal government, probably the secret FISA court.  From the NewYorker,
In a cryptic statement posted on the Web site, the service’s owner and operator, Ladar Levison, wrote, “I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.” Those experiences led him to shut down the service rather than, as he put it, “become complicit in crimes against the American people.” Lavabit users reacted with consumer vitriol on the company’s Facebook page (“What about our emails?”), but the tide quickly turned toward government critique. By the end of the night, a similar service, Silent Circle, also shut down its encrypted e-mail product, calling the Lavabit affair the “writing [on] the wall.”
And none of the targeted companies can speak either. They are bound by gag orders.  Wonderful huh? Freedom of speech is another casualty of so-called "national security."  This must end!

The HuffPost also ran an article talking about the shut-down of Silent Circle.  Also see a Washington Post article.   The service shut down to protect it's email customers from the potential intrusion of Federal Government. They could see the writing on the wall from the LavaBit shutdown.  It's a good example of the chilling effect of even a threat of government "involvement."  From the Huff Post article:
Lavabit founder Ladar Levinson also mentioned the U.S. government when noting why he closed his site, though his commentary on the matter was more strident than Janke's. "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,"
All of this happening while Obama speaks out on Friday, August 9, 2013, in a news conference trying to reassure Americans that all is well and that the government is really your friend.  This from a actor man who would dearly love to take your guns and presides is a paid spokesman for a near-totalitarian security apparatus that clearly wants to eliminate privacy in your communications. 

With friends like that, who needs enemies?  I have got to get out of this country!

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