Here's how bad it's become: Yesterday, two "secure" email service providers decided they'd rather close up shop than cooperate with the United Spooks of America.
First, Lavabits founder Ladar Levison posted a notice
to his 350,000 customers saying he was shutting down the service
, effectively immediately. His letter has since shot around the Internet thousands of times, but the salient bits are worth repeating.
In his farewell missive, Levison asserts:
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.