Lavabit seems to be only the first of the dominos to fall. The people over at Silent Circle are dropping their secure email service after considering for a while whether or not email using standard internet protocols can even be secure and considering Lavabit’s plight.
We’ve been thinking about this for some time, whether it was a good idea at all. Today, another secure email provider, Lavabit, shut down their system lest they “be complicit in crimes against the American people.” We see the writing the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail now.
If our country is to remain free we have to have a guarantee of a high degree of privacy. It seems to me that our government is of the impression that privacy is a bad thing and are doing everything they can to ensure we have none.