This is very sad. Groklaw, like Lavabit, is shutting down due to privacy concerns. It’s worth reading PJ’s farewell – more heartfelt and poignant than the cynical stuff Jeremiah writes. She is one of those private, cautious people who just can’t operate in a world of unlimited surveillance. People like this will start to vanish from the internet. Public discourse will be stifled, and the world will be a poorer place.
There is now no shield from forced exposure. You don’t expect a stranger to read your private communications to a friend. And once you know they can, what is there to say?
She describes the sense of violation she felt after a burglary, and this is how we should all feel about the government reading our email. We shouldn’t tolerate it. The supposed tradeoff between privacy and security is just a threadbare excuse for the NSA to violate us.
We expect President Obama to put an end to domestic surveillance, and soon. Our spy agencies have never been authorized to spy on ordinary Americans without a warrant. We want a real investigation, not the whitewash Obama has proposed.