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Thee Cheers for Ladar Levison! How Lavabit, Snowden’s E-Mail Provider, Defied FBI Demands to Turn Over Crypto Keys

This comes from the end of the NY Times article on the matter. The whole article is worth your time.

When it was clear Mr. Levison had no choice but to comply, he devised a way to obey the order but make the government’s intrusion more arduous. On Aug 2., he infuriated agents by printing the encryption keys — long strings of seemingly random numbers — on paper in a font he believed would be hard to scan and turn into a usable digital format. Indeed, prosecutors described the file as “largely illegible.”

On Aug. 5, Judge Claude M. Hilton ordered a $5,000-a-day fine until Mr. Levison produced the keys in electronic form. Mr. Levison’s lawyer, Jesse R. Binnall, appealed both the order to turn over the keys and the fine.

After two days, Mr. Levison gave in, turning over the digital keys — and simultaneously closing his e-mail service, apologizing to customers on his site. That double maneuver, a prosecutor later told his lawyer, fell just short of a criminal act.

Meanwhile, he hopes to resurrect the business he spent a decade building. “This wasn’t about one person,” Mr. Levison said. “This was about the lengths our government was willing to go to conduct Internet surveillance on one person.”

Full article at The NY Times

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A real red blooded man - they

A real red blooded man - they still exist! This is a hero.

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Liberty = Responsibility

I am going to use this guys

I am going to use this guys email service when he starts back up. And I will be happy to pay whatever fee he charges.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

so Levison complied with some bogus court-order for Snowden?

Mr. Levison was willing to allow investigators with a court order to tap Mr. Snowden’s e-mail account; he had complied with similar narrowly targeted requests involving other customers about two dozen times.

I did not realise when this

I did not realise when this story first came out, the length and disregard they went to, to circumvent our privacy's

These actions are infuriating, NO regard for human rights, thats what this is, NO REGARD, when a government comes knocking, your not suppose to automatically bow to them, at least think on what their saying and form an opinion, dammit, you have the right to say NO judge, well, that is, if you have any ethics that is, maybe you getting a sweet deal, huh!

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Saw somewhere today this guy being described as

the Rosa Parks of the internet.

cool.

The heroes are starting to pile up

Be patient, people.

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

How deep does the pile have to be

Before we lose patience? I'm sick of seeing people who do what is right being caged or ruined. If you're not writing your reps, or voting them out, then get to it. I wrote Cruz yesterday and skipped the letter to Joe "Patriot Act" Barton. He knows I'm trying to oust him anyhow; I told that to him face to face.

it's not about losing patience

it's about the pile breaking the dam

“With laws shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.”
-Njal Thorgeirsson

Comforting thought +1

Comforting thought +1

NEW: Luke Rudkowski interviews Lavabit founder Ladar Levison

Lavabit Founder Ladar Levison, The Rosa Parks of Internet Freedom

http://youtu.be/d6zfCujXfJA
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Published on Oct 3, 2013

In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews Lavabit founder Ladar Levison, about the private email client that Edward Snowden used, the U.S government's attack on Lavabit and the ethical decision Ladar had to make ending his company. Ladar goes into details about how the U.S government tried to intimidate him and forced him to shut down when they requested to spy on Edward Snowden's emails.

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Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

The ability for them to keep

The ability for them to keep secrets, is the ability for them to do whatever the hell they like, and what we dont know, we cant fight, should it need fought

In the mean time we're left standing, wondering and confused, by the by products of these things we must not know, we may not know the DETAIL, but their to arrogant or stupid to clean up the "signs" or "vibes"........i fear sometimes that we will give them to much time to figure out those "vibes".....or maybe they'll create more vibes unknowingly, being new and all, maybe a big fat obvious "we're corrupted sign"...sigh....if only

this is how government

this is how government "CREATES" jobs /s

THANKYOU, for posting

and

THANKYOU Luke, for continuing to push that welcomed envelope

thanks,

and ditto to your Luke sentiments!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Ron Paul & Thomas Massie requesting legal fund donations

http://paracom.paramountcommunication.com/ct/14969095:170956...

Say what's really going on, and go to jail!

Ever since I made the decision a few weeks ago to shut down my secure email company Lavabit - instead of becoming complicit in our federal government's crimes against the American people - that's the situation I've been living under every day.

Unfortunately - even with all the media attention - I have to answer most questions about what our federal government is up to (and what I'm facing) with an "I'm sorry, I can't tell you."

Of course, the First Amendment should protect my political speech so our government can't commit crimes in secret.

But it seems the statists in Washington, D.C. have targeted every last bit of our Constitution for outright destruction.

I'm determined to FIGHT back. I'm determined to defend the Constitution and restore our Fourth Amendment right to privacy.

But going up against the full force of government power is hard.

If there's anything the Feds have, it's no shortage of lawyers!

And I can't tell you what it would mean to me to have Campaign for Liberty's members and supporters standing with me in this fight.

That's why I'm hoping I can count on you to sign your Statement of Support for my efforts today.

I'll give you the link shortly . . .

My hope is, once other tech companies see hundreds of thousands - or perhaps even millions of Americans - standing for privacy, more will be willing to stand alongside me and say "NO!" to crimes against our Constitution.

Thankfully, Campaign for Liberty is already fighting in Congress for the protection of our Fourth Amendment freedoms.

They've also graciously agreed - with your generous support today - to rush to my legal aid, as well.

My attorney and I couldn't be more grateful.

Since shutting down Lavabit, I've lost my main source of income.

Without the financial support of good folks like you, I have no idea how I'll be able to see this legal fight through.

But I'm not walking away. I can't.

It's just too important.

I'm counting on you to sign your Statement of Support today to show you agree.

I'm fighting back because it's the right thing to do.

Not only that, but it could provide the spark you and I need to create a massive grassroots fire under Congress to get them to finally start respecting our Constitution once again.

In 2004, I started the company that would become Lavabit because I believed then, as I do now, privacy is a fundamental and important right for any free society.

Like many Americans, I believed our right to privacy was being slowly eroded.

Only now are you and I seeing how true those concerns were.

As of just a few weeks ago, more than 400,000 people used my email service.

10,000 of those paid for my company's enhanced security features including encryption.

Today, that number is "0."

I wish I could explain more . . . I wish I could explain why.

But "thanks" to the Obama administration's iron-fisted bullying, I can't.

I know the national security statists tell us - as they DESTROY every last bit of our privacy - "if we're not doing anything wrong, we shouldn't have anything to worry about."

Yet, they keep every detail of their massive, ILLEGAL, and growing surveillance program hidden in secret.

If they have nothing to hide, why not allow for transparency and civilian oversight?

It's so secret, much of what our federal government does now has never been exposed to Congressional OR Court oversight.

I believe that's for good reason.

Once exposed, it would only be a matter of time before the American people said, "NO MORE."

for the sake of our Constitutional Republic, that's exactly what we must do.

We must say "NO MORE!" to the constant erosion of our freedoms.

If you agree, please stand with me by signing your Statement of Support and by contributing as generously as you can to Campaign for Liberty today.

I've already mentioned how I hope seeing so many people signing Statements of Support for my efforts will embolden more tech companies to say "NO!" to government bullying.

There's no doubt, this will be a crucial step to winning this fight against violations against our Fourth Amendment freedoms.

But ultimately, the ONLY way you and I can restore our Constitution's Fourth Amendment is to fight both in the courts and the halls of the U.S. Congress.

I believe my legal battle is a key part.

Thankfully - with your help - Campaign for Liberty has generously agreed to help out in any way possible.

In fact, your generosity today will help my legal efforts AND Campaign for Liberty's ongoing legislative programs, which are every bit as important.

Campaign for Liberty is the one organization with the principles and the tenacity to finally repeal statist schemes like the so-called "PATRIOT" Act, which lies at the heart of all this madness.

But they're counting on your help to make it possible.

The good news is, the political environment to restore American freedom is finally being created as new NSA abuses come to light, including:
*** NSA analysts spying on lovers, former spouses and love interests;

*** Nearly 18,000 domestic phone records were checked by the NSA, but "only 1,935 were based on a reasonable suspicion standard" the agency purports to abide by;

*** Roughly 90% of the phone numbers on the daily "alert list" constantly under watch by the NSA DO NOT conform to the NSA's own standards for suspicion;

***Reports indicate the NSA has collected information on 75% of domestic Internet communications.

Worse, many of the NSA's abuses were "self-reported," meaning we only know about the illegality they want us to know about.

What else are they hiding?

Just in the past few days, news broke the NSA shares raw spy data on American citizens - perhaps even including government officials' communications - with at least a half dozen foreign governments!

I know there's more to come.

With this kind of spying power, the NSA can create massive databases including personal information on EVERY single American . . .

Political leanings. Religious beliefs. Gun ownership.

You name it.

Is this the America we want for ourselves, let alone for future generations?

This madness has to stop.

Our Constitution must be saved.

But, I'm counting on you.

So won't you please sign your Statement of Support and please contribute as generously as you can to Campaign for Liberty TODAY?

Your contribution - in addition to helping Campaign for Liberty fight for us within the halls of Congress - will also be used to help me legally take the fight to the NSA.

I'm willing to stand up and fight. I've proven that.

But it's taking all I have.

Will you stand with me?

Please sign your Statement of Support and agree to your most generous contribution to Campaign for Liberty today!

Thank you so much for your support.

Sincerely,

Ladar Levison

P.S. Since shutting down Lavabit, I've lost my main source of income.

Without the financial support of good folks like you, I have no idea how I'll be able to see this legal fight through.

Thankfully - with your help - Campaign for Liberty has generously agreed to help my legal fight out in any way possible.

Your generosity today will help my legal efforts AND Campaign for Liberty's ongoing legislative programs, which are every bit as important.

So won't you please agree to sign your Statement of Support and agree to your most generous contribution TODAY?

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

What are the odds that

What are the odds that Snowden just happened to utilize the services of the one email provider that was able to successfully maneuver around the government? Draw your own conclusions but be careful which ones you choose to draw.

Someone willing to tell the treasonous criminals to buzzoff!

Thanks Michael, for the update.

Free includes debt-free!

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Bump

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To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

the title

Thee cheers, should be Thee cheer. I've never played grammar Nazi before.;-)

Free includes debt-free!

Ha. I always thought it was

Ha. I always thought it was Three

Three cheers would have been grammatical.

Ha! Either a missing 'r'or an extra 's'.

I went with the Shakespeare. From MN's reply in another thread.

Free includes debt-free!

The creative writing around here is great.

I have to sometimes read titles over a few times and then all of the content just to make sure it was not intended to be misspelled.lol

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.