My Fellow Users,
I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.
What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.
This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
Secret Circle, another secure email provider and Lavabit's competitor also shut itself down rather than be forced to collaborate with the fascists. According to at least one account Secret Circle also destroyed it's servers rather than let them fall into the clutches of the enemies of the American people. An encouraging sign that thethe resistance to the rogue government of Barack H. Obama, Eric Holder and General Alexander isn't going away. The timely resurrection of Al Qaeda proved to be so ridiculous that Obama announced that the previously closed embassies would be reopened as well after the claims were met with widespread skepticism.