A lot of email service providers have the heart of Judas Iscariot and they are betraying the American people by turning over information to those who are conducting a fishing expedition.
What if there was someone who like the founding fathers was willing to give up his life, fortune and sacred honor rather than betray the American people and what if there was one who opted to fight against the robbers of liberty and freedom?
Enter: The owner of lavabit.com
Here is what he says on his email provider website after closing down operations:
"My Fellow Users, I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to [either] 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.
What's going to happen now? We've already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.
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.
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund here."
Taken from the home page of the site. I added the word [either] above because it clarified what he was trying to say.