Scary times. Lavabit quits and goes home rather than become co-conspirators. Obama ignores the law…again.

With the government. Watch the video.

The overall message is this man refused to be part of the NSA demand for cooperation. He just killed the “baby” instead of watching it forced into servitude.

I apologized to my kids because their world will never resemble my world. And remember, this is all to “fight terrorism” and for the “good of the people.”

 Late last week, we reported that Ladar Levison, the founder of encrypted email service provider Lavabit, abruptly shut down his service without notice, leaving only a cryptic message for users and visitors to the company’s website as to the reasons behind his decision.

While Levison explained little in that notice, he did say enough to leave readers with the impression that he was engaged in a legal battle with the US government over a request to hand over user data.

The notice caught the attention of many because Lavabit was also the same service used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden last month to communicate with human rights groups, a detail that was widely reported at the time.  While that detail sparked widespread speculation, it is not known however if Levison’s decision to shut down Lavabit had any connection to Snowden.

Levison says he faces criminal sanctions if he discloses what did lead to his decision, but in an interview with DemocracyNow, Lavabit’s owner explains, as best as he’s allowed by law, why he felt he had no other choice but to shut down the encrypted email service.

You HAVE TO REMEMBER THE RULE OF TYRANNY. The man with the gun rules.  In this case the “gun” is the threat of imprisonment. So Levison just pulled the plug and walked away.  In Europe there are others trying to develop a secure system to avoid spying.

And remember, this is to fight FOREIGN terror threats…right?

And on the legal side, we have Obama just ignoring the rule of law again.

The Obama Administration has delayed yet another critical provision of Obamacare until 2015 through a little-noticed ruling on the Labor Department’s website.

The latest delay will extend enforcement of Obamacare’s caps on out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and co-pays for another year until after the 2014 midterm elections. Analysts say the Obamacare limits on consumer costs will boost the costs of healthcare.

The government’s most recent waiver is just the latest in a string of delays that have Democrats in tight congressional races worried about what Democratic Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) warned will be a “huge train wreck coming down.”

With less than seven weeks to go before Obamacare’s grand opening, the healthcare laws $6,350 limit on out-of-pocket costs for individuals and $12,700 cap for families has been pushed back another year until after the 2014 midterm elections.

In 2009, President Barack Obama campaigned vigorously on the cost cap Obamacare provision.

“We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick,” said Obama.

Now, however, in what increasingly appears to be a “run out the clock” strategy to mask Obamacare’s messy and cost-exploding features until after the midterm elections, Obama has decided to waive the law’s requirements.

“Not for nuthin’ pal but…” as my NYPD buddy used to say just before he made a point.  We cannot continue to allow a President to pick and chose what laws he likes or doesn’t without some kind of accountability.  I know he’s the first black President, but at some point he is just a professional screwing up.

Right?

 

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