..What the hell does he thing he's doing? What does he think his job is, to destroy the United States single handedly?
Tech is about the only forward looking industry that the US is preeminent in, and while most will not take this following story seriously, many people in the world will, killing our last goose laying golden eggs.
Lavabit has been shut down. Now I don't know who Lavabit is and I've never done business with them in any fashion, but it has been rumored that Snowden has used their servers for his encrypted E-Mail.
One need not read too finely between these lines to know that this business has been shuttered solely for refusing to cooperate with the US government and worse, has been forbidden from speaking about it by formal Federal Court Order.
Let me get this right...Secret Courts & Secret Surveillance Orders were bad enough, but here we seem to have the 4th Circuit complicit in these charades...we have a public court but with secret files and, massive gag orders in effect to prevent any whisper of what is going on.
This is not Orwellian?!?
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.
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
Write-up here at the BBC, though you won't be seeing this story in US Media:
For people who honorably but foolishly argue that Snowden should have fought his fight in the United States, this is an object lesson of what would have happened to him.
As further noted by Daniel Ellsberg:
Many people compare Edward Snowden to me unfavorably for leaving the country and seeking asylum, rather than facing trial as I did. I don’t agree. The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago.
Yet when I surrendered to arrest in Boston, having given out my last copies of the papers the night before, I was released on personal recognizance bond the same day. Later, when my charges were increased from the original three counts to 12, carrying a possible 115-year sentence, my bond was increased to $50,000. But for the whole two years I was under indictment, I was free to speak to the media and at rallies and public lectures. I was, after all, part of a movement against an ongoing war. Helping to end that war was my preeminent concern. I couldn’t have done that abroad, and leaving the country never entered my mind.
There is no chance that experience could be reproduced today, let alone that a trial could be terminated by the revelation of White House actions against a defendant that were clearly criminal in Richard Nixon’s era — and figured in his resignation in the face of impeachment — but are today all regarded as legal (including an attempt to “incapacitate me totally”).
I hope Snowden’s revelations will spark a movement to rescue our democracy, but he could not be part of that movement had he stayed here. There is zero chance that he would be allowed out on bail if he returned now and close to no chance that, had he not left the country, he would have been granted bail. Instead, he would be in a prison cell like Bradley Manning, incommunicado.
He would almost certainly be confined in total isolation, even longer than the more than eight months Manning suffered during his three years of imprisonment before his trial began recently.
And the last irony, the last shiver, the last spasm of hope is far away because all of us feel a little afraid that I post the two pictures below...
both black men,
one a hero,
the other not so much...not so much that he makes us afraid...you afraid to read it, me a little afraid to post it.
Best Wishes, Traveller
Edit: Some additional information on my original Charging Complaint:
American technology businesses fear they could lose between $21.5bn and $35bn in cloud computing contracts worldwide over the next three years, as part of the fallout from the NSA revelations.
Some US companies said they have already lost business, while UK rivals said that UK and European businesses are increasingly wary of trusting their data to American organisations, which might have to turn it over secretly to the National Security Agency, its government surveillance organisation.
One British executive, Simon Wardley at the Leading Edge Forum thinktank, celebrated the publication of the information about the NSA’s spying and its Prism data collection program: “Do I like Prism … yes, and god bless America and the NSA for handing this golden opportunity to us,” he wrote on his blog. “Do I think we should be prepared to go the whole hog, ban US services and create a €100bn investment fund for small tech startups in Europe to boost the market … oh yes, without hesitation.”