As I write this, it is November 10, 2016. The United States has just elected Donald J. Trump to the presidency. This will put him in charge of the most invasive and comprehensive surveillance apparatus in the history of mankind. This is a man who was so unable to control his impulses and vindictive nature that his Twitter account was taken away by his handlers.
Women, People of Color, Immigrants, Differently-Abled Persons, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Persons, Labor Activists, First Nations Activists, Environmental Activists, Privacy Activists, et al- We are all dissidents, now. Do not wait until it is too late to raise your level of privacy.
We cannot guarantee the effectiveness of some of the tools we are presenting here, but we do so in good faith and in the interest of making you harder to track, harder to monitor, harder to exploit, harder to implicate, and harder to compromise. You hold in your hand a device that makes it possible to monitor your most intimate conversations and your movements. The NSA has tools to spy on that device and will be constitutionally bound to surrender information to the new Administration. Trump’s own surrogates have gleefully announced that they are making a list of their enemies.
Some of us are old enough to remember the Reagan years, when the FBI broke into the offices of peace groups and ransacked their files. The FBI also infiltrated the Civil Rights Movement and sought to disenfranchise and discredit the efforts of the greatest struggle for justice of the 20th Century. Police more recently infiltrated the Occupy Movement with agents provocateurs in order to sow discord and disrupt the movement.
Now is the time to use encrypted email and chat, even if you are just an ordinary citizen with no radical intent. Privacy should be a given and it is not.
If you have questions or comments, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck.