[cryptome] Re: Lavabit's and Snowden's Solos

  • From: douglas rankine <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2016 14:21:25 +0000

It is also a lot easier to understand than most other legal documents...presumably because the owner of Lavabit and his lawyers have been through the harrowing process of law and taking on the US government in this area over some considerable time. USG legal system totally destroyed his business, when there are other ways of gathering information. Well worth reading, in my view...Not too long and makes some interesting points on servitude and compulsion under Amendment 13 of the US Constitution. I am much surprised in this case how easy the arguments are to read and make sense of. Whether they are correct in those arguments, their interpretations of those arguments and the relevance of those arguments, is of course, a moot point...which, hopefully the learned judge will decypher and make common sense judgements upon, though common sense, particularly in politics and security appear to be somewhat lacking in American society today. All those assholes squeaking at election time, make a lot of noise, when they are straining to find joined up thinking...:-) . Isn't election time wonderful? I always thought that elections in the U.S. were democratic and supportive of individual freedoms, with lines carefully drawn for the promotion of candidates in the electoral process, but it appears that amongst the two main political parties, there are all sorts of barriers, and these are not only financial ones, but blocks of votes exercised by the "big yins", to prevent clever assholes, with no money but plenty of sense and ideas from defeating the stupid with too much money and dollar coins for eyeballs, but there you are...
One learns sumfink new every day... :-).

On 05/03/2016 11:17, John Young wrote:

Lavabit's brief for Apple has the gutsiest skin in the game, going solo,
no joining a pack. None of the fattest of strutting corporate cats rushed
to defend Lavabit against absence of FBI corporate-coddling,
Congress-stroking, corraling the frightened herd for taking down
mavericks like Lavabit and Snowden.


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