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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:17 am
 


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Surveillance laws can be countered by effective civil disobedience, says Gehan Gunasekara.

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The tens of thousands here and overseas marching against assaults on privacy give the lie to the sentiment that "privacy is dead". Obviously, most people do care deeply about who has access to their personal information.

Information they choose to put on social networks such as photos and "likes" are one thing but "metadata" such as phone and internet records of every call made or website visited are another entirely - especially when subjected to mining and analysis by unknown and unverified algorithms that could come back to affect them, and their contacts, much later. Despite this, our Government seems hell-bent on carrying through the unpopular legislation.

People often ask me what they should do, given these developments. Should they retreat to the pre-internet age, go off-line and resort to snail mail (NZ Post would be delighted) or carrier pigeon? This might be counter-productive, although it would put further pressure on those internet companies prompting them to lobby governments. There is, however, another strategy, one that uses the very technology itself to send a message. This is civil disobedience, and it is quite legal.

Let me explain what I have in mind. Start sending random emails to people and encourage them to do the same to everyone they know. Don't use obvious words like "explosive" or "jihad" or names such as "Akhmed". Be more clever than that. Refer to vague and indeterminate "projects", courses and trips overseas and meetings with John and Sally or whoever.

Make up hypothetical "friends" and refer to totally fictitious trips you have made or are planning. Ask random strangers you meet if they will join your protest and allow you to send them emails. Visit radical websites, even Islamist or anarchist ones - nothing illegal in this. From time to time talk about "doing something" to stop Western policies. Set up multiple online identities.

Pretty soon everyone in New Zealand will have to be under surveillance. This is the nature of civil disobedience. For example, Gandhi's famous "salt march" encouraged everyone to make salt and highlighted the state's ultimate failure to stop it by arresting the entire population.


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Here's a bit of a timely story too. I went to check my email and . .

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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.


http://lavabit.com/

Since when can the US Congress take away a person's right to speech? Why is a 'request' needed to speak?


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A bit disturbing.


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Here's a bit of a timely story too. I went to check my email and . .

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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.


http://lavabit.com/

Since when can the US Congress take away a person's right to speech? Why is a 'request' needed to speak?


Ask Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:02 pm
 


Oh, and I'll be in Yemen tomorrow delivering a shipment of full-auto AR-15s along with a bunch of grenade launchers, anti-aircraft missiles, and some strawberry Pop-Tarts. :wink:


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Here's a bit of a timely story too. I went to check my email and . .

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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.


http://lavabit.com/

Since when can the US Congress take away a person's right to speech? Why is a 'request' needed to speak?


Ask Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden.


Actually - it was about 6 weeks ago that Snowden said he used that company as an email provider. Coincidence? :evil:


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I've got to help the Bob and Jane Smith with that thing they are building in Eritrea. I'll be gone a week at least. We'll need lots of sacks of sugar, coal and sulphur to help.


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I've got to help the Bob and Jane Smith with that thing they are building in Eritrea. I'll be gone a week at least. We'll need lots of sacks of sugar, coal and sulphur to help.


I got the sugar. Tell Special K to make sure she brings the dog, could come in handy.


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I've got to help the Bob and Jane Smith with that thing they are building in Eritrea. I'll be gone a week at least. We'll need lots of sacks of sugar, coal and sulphur to help.


Can I come? I know a great saltpeter concern in Somalia! :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:46 pm
 


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Actually - it was about 6 weeks ago that Snowden said he used that company as an email provider. Coincidence? :evil:


That's probably why the mention of the time frame was put out. It gives a clue as to what's going on.


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DrCaleb wrote:
Here's a bit of a timely story too. I went to check my email and . .

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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.


http://lavabit.com/

Since when can the US Congress take away a person's right to speech? Why is a 'request' needed to speak?


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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.

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Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC


In case you needed any additional hints, Get The Fuck Out of the "Cloud". Now.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:10 pm
 


bootlegga wrote:
DrCaleb wrote:
I've got to help the Bob and Jane Smith with that thing they are building in Eritrea. I'll be gone a week at least. We'll need lots of sacks of sugar, coal and sulphur to help.


Can I come? I know a great saltpeter concern in Somalia! :lol:


Don't forget the fertilizer guys!


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