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NSA wiretapping kills Groklaw

Posted by Charles II on August 20, 2013

gjohnsit has a writeup here.

I read it here, from Charles Arthur of the Guardian:

The award-winning legal analysis site Groklaw is shutting because its founder says that “there is no way” to continue to run it without using secure email – and that the threat of NSA spying means that could be compromised.

“There is now no shield from forced exposure,” writes the site’s founder, Pamela Jones, an American paralegal who has run the site from its start in 2003, in a farewell message on the site.

Jones cites the revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) can capture any email, and can store encrypted email for up to five years, as having prompted her decision to shutter the site…

Set up in May 2003, Groklaw first came to fame through its analysis of a case involving SCO, a technology company which claimed that the free Linux operating system infringed a number of patents that it owned.

More recently, it has focussed on the multiple patent fights being fought between Samsung and Apple, and was a vociferous critic of the jury deliberations in the Apple-Samsung legal case fought in California in which Apple was awarded $1bn in damages.

The site won a number of awards for blogging and was nominated a number of times for awards by organisations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and American Bar Administration.

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Spy for us or go to jail

Posted by Charles II on August 20, 2013

The next escalation in the US government’s determination to make itself odious to all mankind appears to have arrived as an order to Lavabit to spy on its customers or go to jail (Mike Masnick, Techdirt, via martini at dk)

The founder of Lavabit received a court order, whose nature he cannot disclose, presumably because it is a national security letter. Since Lavabit doesn’t hold any information, it has no information to give to the feds. Rather than comply with the order, the owner decided to shut his business.

Now the Feds are threatening to arrest him for closing the company.

It does not require higher mathematics to deduce that they wanted him to keep the company open so they could establish a backdoor on all his customers.

When does DHS change its name to NKVD?

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