Due to the perceived need for heightened security, Americans have lost basic Constitutional Rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. We cannot have freedom and a police state. Our Founding Fathers chose freedom. What do we choose?
The experience of Ladar Levison, which resulted in shutting down Lavabit, is continuing evidence that the fear mongers and those who profit from the security state have succeeded in shredding our basic Constitutional Rights.
The following are a few selections taken from a must read article by William Boardman “US vs Lavabit” in Reader Supported News:
“The founding document of the United States is inherently suspicious of a government’s willingness to abuse its powers, a suspicion rooted in centuries of tyranny around the world. Even the U.S. government, as well as state and local governments, have abused their powers from time to time since the country’s beginning. The drift toward an American police state intensified under the guise of anti-Communism, but that was mostly a convenient cover for state intrusion into people’s lives. The Soviet Union collapsed, but the nascent American police state kept growing. The Patriot Act of 2001, a massive assault on personal and political liberty, was largely written before 9/11 and passed, largely unexamined, in the hysterical atmosphere and raw panic of that over-hyped “new Pearl Harbor.”
“In May 2013, Ladar Levison was 32 years old when the police state first came after him. The dreaded “knock on the door” was actually only an FBI business card on his door at home. And Levison’s initial interactions with the FBI were reportedly mild and civil, at first by email and later in person. The FBI was interested in Levison because he owned and operated a secure email service called Lavabit. From the FBI point of view, Lavabit was too secure, because the NSA and the rest of the security state couldn’t get into it.
“And if someone wants to know why their own government has decided to go on a fishing expedition through every personal record or private document, through the library books that you read, the phone calls that you’ve made, the emails that you’ve sent, ths legislation gives people no rights to appeal the need for such a search in a court of law. No judge will hear your plea; no jury will hear your case. This is just plain wrong.”
Follow the link to read the William Boardman article, “US vs Lavabit.”