Pamela Jones’ legal website, Groklaw has decided to close shop over fears of the NSA snooping into its emails. The powers of big government may have overstepped their boundaries this time around.
The founder of and editor of Groklaw law site has declared that only if her site’s email facility is granted security status would she continue updating it. But thanks in no small part to the NSA, there is no guarantee of this so she is being forced to shut the site for good. Groklaw is an award-winning legal site and it began operations in 2003. Pamela Jones is a United States citizen and paralegal by profession.
The reasons she has offered for putting down the site are very terse and concise. She says she does not know how to continue doing what she does under the present circumstances. With the NSA on the loose, it just doesn’t make sense to carry on. For no matter how clean or transparent your work remains, the spying activities will keep an eye on you.
Pamela Jones’ drastic measure has surprised her audience. They were not expecting such an extreme response. But the fact of the matter is that freedom of speech is a central right of the US constitution. Even if that speech is somewhat offensive, the person who expresses its truth has a fundamental right to have his or her say. All this censorship by governmental agencies reeks of sick minds that want to extend matters into the sphere of mind control. Pamela Jones has taken the wise step of ending it all rather than cooperating with the NSA’s orders.
Pamela Jones explained in her blog that she closes Groklaw as the Lavabit owner tells her that he's stopped using email. She states, "There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum. What to do?What to do? I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out. And the conclusion I've reached is that there is no way to continue doing Groklaw, not long term, which is incredibly sad. But it's good to be realistic. And the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we say to one another, and no matter how "clean" we all are ourselves from the standpoint of the screeners, I don't know how to function in such an atmosphere. I don't know how to do Groklaw like this."
She said in the end of her post that this is the last one for the website. "So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments. Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too. I'm sorry I can't overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can't."