Sunday, August 18, 2013

Before you read this item, be advised that I am plumb ignorant of the high tech world of the Internet.. I am a user, not a creator....

Having said that, I came across the story of the ongoing saga of Ladar Levison, creator and owner of Lavabit, LLC, this week and am becoming more and more convinced that our 4th Amendment Rights in this country are not just threatened -- but already dissed by our gob'mint.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Mr Levinson's company apparently offers an encrypted e-mail service for people and companies that are willing to pay to keep their private mailings.... private! 

As I understand it, Edward Snowden was a subscriber to Lavit's services. The Feds served him with a court order on occasion, to access suspect individual's communications. Levinson apparently complied with the court orders... 

Now it seems, the Feds brought a 'mysterious' blanket court order on all of his subscriber's communications and personal information.  No cause shown or shared.  

So, rather than totally break his trust with all of his subscribers, Levinson shut down his whole company. At at great loss of investment of time and money, no doubt.

Now it appears that the Feds are apparently arguing that 'shutting down the business, itself, was a violation of the order.'  

Click here and here for more on this 21st Century version of 1984 in this formerly great and free country.  If you Google 'L  avabit', you'll find more about this questionable activity.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Keep your powder dry. It seems that every day we slip closer to the day we will be forced to take to the streets.