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The law, twisted: Lavabit Founder Waged Privacy Fight as F.B.I. Pursued Snowden

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Read this story in the NY Times by Nicole Perlroth and Scott Shave. From the story:

The full story of what happened to Mr. Levison since May has not previously been told, in part because he was subject to a court’s gag order. But on Wednesday, a federal judge unsealed documents in the case, allowing the tech entrepreneur to speak candidly for the first time about his experiences. He had been summoned to testify to a grand jury in Virginia; forbidden to discuss his case; held in contempt of court and fined $10,000 for handing over his private encryption keys on paper and not in digital form; and, finally, threatened with arrest for saying too much when he shuttered his business.

Read the entire thing: it’s the very definition of government overreach, and a chilling theme that has become more and more common: those subjected to this sort of treat go to jail if they mention how they have been treated. This is heading direction to a closed, authoritarian, and even totalitarian society: the government can do what it wants, and those who report what it has done are sent to prison.

That’s the US today.

Written by Leisureguy

3 October 2013 at 9:59 am

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