Groklaw’s PJ has announced that she is shutting the site down. She uses e-mail extensively to communicate with her readers, and now that it’s apparent that the U.S. government has the means to read every e-mail sent through or within its borders, she feels too violated to continue.
The foundation of Groklaw is over. I can’t do Groklaw without your input. I was never exaggerating about that when we won awards. It really was a collaborative effort, and there is now no private way, evidently, to collaborate.
I’m really sorry that it’s so. I loved doing Groklaw, and I believe we really made a significant contribution. But even that turns out to be less than we thought, or less than I hoped for, anyway. My hope was always to show you that there is beauty and safety in the rule of law, that civilization actually depends on it. How quaint.
I was never a regular Groklaw reader, only stopping by when someone directed me there. But I think it’s absolutely chilling to see such a website—the product of a legal expert—shuttered by fear of the government, here in this nation that still views itself as a paragon of freedom.