How much Control has The US Got Over Companies That Do Not Toe The Line – or as it used to be called the party line! Sounds too much like we are in Red China or another such communist state! But no, this is good old ” America Land Of The Free” or so we are led to believe!
Though when good old ” Uncle Sam” says jump companies that want to remain in business or even in the country, ask how high!
So is it or should we say was it – you choose! That a company called Lavabit closed its doors!
An extract courtesy of RT.com confirms just what Ladar Levison of Dallas Texas said or was told to say- you choose!
“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,” owner and operator Ladar Levison of Dallas, Texas wrote in the statement. “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,” wrote Levison. “As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.”
The real coincidence is that this email service was the highly encrypted email service reportedly used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden! And this had gone offline – and its administrator claims the company is legally barred from explaining why.
The Global Post wrote on July 12 that the Sheremetyevo Airport press conference hosted by Snowden later that day was announced to human rights groups under the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” and signed by “Edward Joseph Snowden.” Washington Post foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald have both since reported that Lavabit is indeed Snowdon’s email provider.
So maybe if you are like me and more people are joining this view every day – you can see government control at work, the question in my mind is not how far have they gone, but how far are they willing to go!
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- Lavabit founder, under gag order, speaks out about shut-down decision (arstechnica.com)
- EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Snowden’s Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov’t (democracynow.org)
- Democracy Now!: EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Snowden’s Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov’t (huffingtonpost.com)
- Why Ladar Levison Shuttered Encrypted Email Service Lavabit In The Face Of Government Pressure (techcrunch.com)