Government’s tyrannical grip tightens

Government’s tyrannical grip tightens

Big Brother posterIf it weren’t for the nice cars we drive instead of Trabis, I’d swear we were living in East Germany c. 1985. Here’s the latest outrage from what I call the Stasi SuperSnooper State:

Feds Threaten To Arrest Lavabit Founder For Shutting Down His Service

from the either-you-help-us-spy-on-people-or-you’re-a-criminal dept

The saga of Lavabit founder Ladar Levison is getting even more ridiculous, as he explains that the government has threatened him with criminal charges for his decision to shut down the business, rather than agree to some mysterious court order. The feds are apparently arguing that the act of shutting down the business, itself, was a violation of the order:

… a source familiar with the matter told NBC News that James Trump, a senior litigation counsel in the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria, Va., sent an email to Levison’s lawyer last Thursday – the day Lavabit was shuttered — stating that Levison may have “violated the court order,” a statement that was interpreted as a possible threat to charge Levison with contempt of court.

This is pure Soviet/KGB-East German/Stasi socialism. It means Levinson doesn’t really own his business, and can shut it down any time he wants as if it were a hot dog stand. It means the government owns his business — and owns him and you and me. Here’s Amerika’s new national anthem.

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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 19 August, 2013, 12:26

    John, you are starting to sound just like me!! 🙂

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 19 August, 2013, 21:14

    Heeee Haw…..Heeeeeee Haw!

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  3. El Kabong
    El Kabong 19 August, 2013, 21:21

    No, John, it doesn’t mean we’re in the grip of some tyrannical government. It means Levison was served with a court order that required him to either provide or at least preserve some type of digital information in his custody as a business record. Rather than comply with the lawful order of the court, Levison appears to have shut down his business and possibly destroyed his records to avoid his legal obligation under the court order.

    If that is what in fact happened, Levison appears to have willfully destroyed evidence in his custody and should be held to account for his actions.

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