Email Provider Forced To Shutdown By Feds For Not Helping Them Spy On You

The email service provider, Lavabit, has been forced to shutdown after the mafia told him he either had to help them spy or face criminal charges.

Given the nature of this statement, it seems safe to assume that all other email service providers have been coerced, through the threat of force, into spying on your communications.

Lavabit issued this statement:

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.

Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund here.

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  • Misanthrope

    You know, I end up regarding libertarians as moralizing religious nerds who can’t distinguish law from morality, but anyone who is in any way pro-state has to be borderline retarded. Conservatards like Lars Larson and their liberal clones (Really, these people are variations on a theme that comes out of 18th century religious creeds more than any logic) should get brain cancer for being such fucking toolbags.

    I no longer have sympathy or respect for the human race. They deserve worse than they get, the little idiot pigs.

    • Semi-Aquatic Anthropoids

      Hey do what you want, just don’t do it around me, idleness anticipation breeds apathy. I’ll sit on my ass all GOD DAMN DAY, I’m a misanthropic anthropoid with nothing to say. DO what you must, do all you can, break all their fucking rules and go to hell with superman and die like a champion, OH YEAH!

  • jmb

    There is no secure messaging as textual informations passe, they are encrypted in a way or another and as metadata are used / stored.

    Missive1 adopts any other approach by placing trust on the side of people rather than on the side of the machines.

    Total user anonymity.

    No textual data (transfer and storage of images only)

    No metadata stored / transferred (ip, from, to, when …)