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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?


2 Responses to “Spy for us or go to jail”

  1. onyxpnina said

    I seem to remember that agency/function had a lot of initials depending on what they were calling it.

    (Joke about ‘in Soviet Union email reads you’ has already been made.)

    • Stormcrow said


      The name changed so many times you’d have to be a dedicated expert on Soviet history to track it.

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