TechCrunch has two articles about two email hosting providers who have shut down their business. Lavabit was the email service for Snowden, the NSA whistleblower. After government intervention, the owner shut down.
The owner left this note:
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.
Silent Circle shut down their email operations because they didn't want to deal with the USG (3 letters that represent all the 3 letter agencies in the US). I guess any US company with encryption service will have to deal with the USG now. And it is expensive to fight against the FISA bullsh!t that Congress, DC and event the voters have decided is business as usual.
When did saying "National Security" mean that you get a blank check?
Well, sheople let me predict the future for you:
This will have a ripple effect across US companies like Apple, Microsoft, Salesforce, Google and so many others. Good jobs will decline as revenues decline as global customers look elsewhere for services. UK and US companies will lose deals to foreign companies. India and Japan should see a boost. But our economy will get smacked. In tech, where we have been a leader. In tech, which has been keeping our economy floating. Good bye.
Next time you watch Falling Skies, study it for tips on survival. You are going to need it.
The only remaining Liberty in the US is a statue.
Oh, and I predict that we will lose control of the Internet to the UN or other party that has been trying to wrestle control from the US in recent years. Then it all gets broken and the greatest communications and information source in the world stops being.