From the New Yorker: How Lavabit Melted Down.
If you care at all about privacy rights, consider contributing to Lavabit’s legal defence fund.
4) Be suspicious of commercial encryption software, especially from large vendors. My guess is that most encryption products from large US companies have NSA-friendly back doors, and many foreign ones probably do as well. It’s prudent to assume that foreign products also have foreign-installed backdoors. Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software. Systems relying on master secrets are vulnerable to the NSA, through either legal or more clandestine means.
It’s pretty sad that we have to even consider measures like this. We are truly living in Orwell’s 1984. I’m so angry and completely fed up with my government. In the words of Michael Dell, I think we ought to shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.
As a resident of Minnesota I wasn’t surprised at all that the ignoramus and mentally deficient Michele Bachmann voted to continue trampling on the 4th amendment and keep the NSA spying on U.S. citizens. It’s completely keeping in character for this whack job. I also wasn’t surprised that all Minnesota Republican representatives did the same. I was, however, surprised and disappointed that democratic representative Collin Peterson voted with the conservatives.
Betty McCollum, Rick Nolan, Tim Walz and Keith Ellison all voted for defunding the NSA’s domestic spying program. John Kline, Erik Paulsen, Collin Peterson and Michele Bachmann all voted against it.
It appears that as long as Peterson’s famers are well subsidized he’s ok with the government spying on law abbiding citizens. George Orwell would be proud.
What’s next? Web firms forced to give the Feds our account passwords. No doubt Peterson and his Minnesota Republican cohorts will jump right on board that train.
Q: Washington-based foreign affairs analyst Steve Clemons said he overheard at the capital’s Dulles airport four men discussing an intelligence conference they had just attended. Speaking about the leaks, one of them said, according to Clemons, that both the reporter and leaker should be “disappeared”. How do you feel about that?
A: “Someone responding to the story said ‘real spies do not speak like that’. Well, I am a spy and that is how they talk. Whenever we had a debate in the office on how to handle crimes, they do not defend due process – they defend decisive action. They say it is better to kick someone out of a plane than let these people have a day in court. It is an authoritarian mindset in general.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past week you’ve no doubt heard of PRISM and the data gathering (spying) the United States Government has been doing on it’s citizens. I’ve never really been afraid of my government but I am today. The NSA needs to be shut down. Completely. I know that sounds radical, and it’s totally unrealistic but that’s the only way we can be sure that this type of Orwellian surveillance doesn’t occur, at least until the next big intelligence agency comes along and in typical government overreach picks up the baton under the guise of keeping us safe.
There appears to be no congressional oversight and the agency operates autonomously. If, as an American, that doesn’t scare you, there is something deeply wrong with you and you should be working for the NSA.
I’m incredibly disappointed in Barak Obama. I know this started under Bush but Obama apparently has chosen to not to curb what the NSA is doing and it appears as if he’s actually expanded the project.