WASHINGTON (PNN) - August 16, 2013 - The saga of Lavabit founder Ladar Levison is getting even more ridiculous, as he explains that the Fascist Police States of Amerika 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.
The decision to shut down Lavabit may have been over something much bigger than just looking at one individual's information, since it appears that Lavabit has cooperated in the past on such cases. Instead, the suggestion now is that the government was seeking an illegal tap on all accounts.
Levison stressed that he has complied with "upwards of two dozen court orders" for information in the past that were targeted at "specific users" and that "I never had a problem with that." But without disclosing details, he suggested that the order he received more recently was markedly different, requiring him to cooperate in broadly based surveillance that would scoop up information about all the users of his service. He likened the demands to a requirement to install a tap on his telephone.
It sounds like the fascist pig thug outlaw feds were asking for a backdoor on the Lavabit system, not unlike some previous reports of ISPs that have received surprise visits from the Amerikan Gestapo.