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Phil Ebersole's Blog

Ladar Levison, who closed down his Lavabit e-mail service rather than comply with a secret government order, is in the classic Prisoner’s Dilemma situation.

h-LAVABITHe and other business owners would be better off if they stuck together and resisted the government’s secret demands in the courts.  But because of the government’s gag orders, none of them has any way of knowing whether others are fighting the same battle or they are all alone.

Levison is forbidden to say just what the government ordered him to do and what his objection was.  His secret appeal against a secret order will be tried in secret.  This is crazy.   This is bizarre.  It is like some unpublished short story by Franz Kafka.

We have a huge national security apparatus which operates in secret.  The President of the United States issues secret orders for assassinations of people deemed national enemies, based on a secret…

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A journalist named Michele Catalano touched off a minor firestorm of paranoia and outrage on August 1 when she wrote about being visited by three truckloads of plainclothes police at her house, a surprise inspection that appeared to have been triggered by some Google searches that she and her husband had performed on the topic of pressure cookers. The visit later turned out to be based on a report from her husband’s employer rather than NSA-level data mining, but it still highlighted one of the most pernicious aspects of the government’s secret surveillance program — namely, that so little is known about it that almost anything seems possible, no matter how outlandish.

In her original post — which has since been updated after a statement was released by the local police in Suffolk County, which covers most of Long Island in New York — Catalano described how six armed…

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