Interview with the founder of Lavabit. When you are restricted and gagged in such a stringent manner as evidenced by the careful choice of words in the interview, by what token does the USA profess itself to be the land of the free?
Also, a related interview with an ISP who was gagged by the FBI.
Former Internet Provider Gagged by National Security Letter Recounts How He Was Silenced for 6 Years
Of particular note is a clip of Obama when he was a Senator in 2005, in which he states,
This is legislation that puts our own Justice Department above the law. When national security letters are issued, they allow federal agents to conduct any search on any American, no matter how extensive, how wide-ranging, without ever going before a judge to prove that the search is necessary. All that is needed is a sign-off from a local FBI agent. That’s it. Once a business or a person receives notification that they will be searched, they are prohibited from telling anyone about it, and they’re even prohibited from challenging this automatic gag order in court. Even though judges have already found that similar restrictions violate the First Amendment, this conference report disregards the case law and the right to challenge the gag order. If you do decide to consult an attorney for legal advice, hold on. You will have to tell the FBI that you’ve done so. Think about that. You want to talk to a lawyer about whether or not your actions are going to be causing you to get into trouble. You’ve got to tell the FBI that you’re consulting a lawyer. This is unheard of. There is no such requirement in any other area of the law. I see no reason why it’s justified here. And if someone wants to know why their own government has decided to go on a fishing expedition through every personal record or private document, through the library books that you read, the phone calls that you’ve made, the emails that you’ve sent, this legislation gives people no rights to appeal the need for such a search in a court of law. No judge will hear your plea; no jury will hear your case. This is just plain wrong.
Watch the clip of Obama (in the second link) and contrast it with his actions as President. Obama the hypocrite. Obama the liar.