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Secrets, lies and Snowden’s email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit | Opinion | The Guardian

Ladar Levison: For the first time, the founder of an encrypted email startup reveals how the FBI and the US legal system made sure we don’t have the right to much privacy in the first place Source: Secrets, lies and Snowden’s email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit | Opinion | The Guardian My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation of surveillance equipment on my company’s network. My company, Lavabit, provided email services to 410,000 people – including Edward Snowden, according to news reports – and thrived by offering features specifically designed to protect the privacy and security of its customers. I had no choice but to consent to the installation of their device, which would hand the US government access to all of the messages – to and from all of my customers – as they travelled between their email accounts other providers on the Internet. But that wasn’t …

On wounded soldiers: “It is the business of soldiers to be killed”…

Ann Jones is the author of “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars—the Untold Story.” In “The Intercept” Ann Jones writes: It is the business of soldiers to be killed, and the job of civilians to be grateful for their human sacrifice, because that’s the way God wants it, or so we have been told by famous generals, patriotic politicians, war profiteers and public relations firms under contract to the Pentagon. But American­ wars have produced masses of other, far more troublesome soldiers who instead came home with crippling physical and mental wounds. They are the subject of Paying With Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran, a valuable history by John M. Kinder. His concern is not the multiple problems of individual disabled vets, but the capitalized Problem they collectively present to U.S. policymakers.