Dear Readers: It is my pleasure to have Legal Insurrection‘s Liberty Chick, Mandy Nagy, on Canto Talk this week. She will be our guest this Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7 pm Pacific Time, 9 pm Central, and 10 pm Eastern…click HERE for link to podcast.
I had the pleasure of corresponding with Mandy often while Professor Jacobson was on his Israel vacation. To say she is a personal inspiration is an understatement. Here is a little biography:
I’m a writer, researcher and activist whose political views might best categorize me as a Libertarian or Constitutional Conservative. I’m also a researcher and blogger for Andrew Breitbart’s online publications, covering primarily protest movements and extreme elements of the institutional Left, as well as law and technology subjects. My work has been featured on many libertarian and conservative blogs, and has been referenced by mainstream outlets such as FOX News, the Washington Examiner, Rush Limbaugh (Rush’s Total Stack of Stuff), John Stossel and the Glenn Beck Program.
It seems I have developed a decidedly Libertarian streak since my involvement with the Tea Party began (thank you W.C. Varones and Tim Daniel). So, our discussion of today’s current events should be quite lively.
For example, Mandy is extremely tech savvy, so we plan to hit the topic of encrypted email service shutdowns over government surveillance concerns:
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.
Mandy will also offer her perspectives on another government leaker:
I’m fairly certain that in the United States it is not legal for a person to serve the prison time of another individual convicted of a crime. You might get away with that in China, but not here.
It’s easy to volunteer for such a thing when you know there’s about zero chance you’ll actually be called upon to fulfill that promise.
And, related to this, is a little California news — straight from the desk of Senator Dianne Feinstein:
In a proposed amendment to a media shield law being considered by Congress, Feinstein writes that only paid journalists should be given protections from prosecution for what they say or write. The language in her proposal is raising concerns from First Amendment advocates because it seems to leave out bloggers and other nontraditional forms of journalism that have proliferated in recent years thanks to the Internet.
Basically, politicians like Feinstein want to legislate away bloggers like Mandy and me!