I don’t ever get mail. Hardly ever. But today I went into my email and by pure serendipity found out about an anonymous email business that promises to let you
to send warnings to other people
protect your self from being subpoenaed
catch a cheating spouse, husband or wife
confess your love to somebody
hide your private IP address or ISP info
express your political standpoint anonymously
receive instant read-receipts when recipient read your email
initiate an anonymous forum discussion
bypass your banned email address
confirm suspicions regarding a friend or loved one
anonymously report fraud
anonymously inform the police about illegal activities
perform checks as an employer or a potential employee
create an asexual identity for an advice column
anonymously report sensitive information to the media
The service is based in Switzerland and says it can provide unprecedented privacy for people engaged in legal activities. They even have a free trial offer. The only activities prohibited are spreading viruses, disrupting the networks that host their own business, or gaining unauthorized access to accounts. (that Swiss banking tradition?)
We are committed to the privacy of our users, and will absolutely not release any kind of user data without a court order from the Supreme Court of Switzerland. We never hand any information to any government agencies, police offices, etc without a Supreme Court Order.
So they say.
It is also a hate speech enabler. Here is the email it was used to send:
Since this is a child-friendly site, if you want to see the love letter without the big, fat asterisks, you can see it offline here. (NSFW)
Now, who might have sent it? It insults Arabs, it insults women, it names a particular political organization (I blocked that out since I don’t believe they had anything to do with it) , it denigrates sexuality, and it implies that Israelis are intolerant jerks. Oh, and they are cheap–you can see they used the introductory free offer to sent their little missive since paid accounts don’t have the footer with the disclaimer. What else? They also know it’s wrong, since they used an anonymous email business to send it. That must be creating a bit of internal cognitive dissonance. Now what group is non-female, non-Moslem, non-Jewish, broke, sexually challenged, and has a fluent command of American derogatory slang? Right off the bat, I would say frat boys.
Whoever they are, they think spreading hate is cute.
I don’t think it’s cute.
Maybe this is a good time to reprint the old chestnut attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller:
- “In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
- And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
- And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
- And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”
If I have anything to do with it, “they” won’t be coming for anyone…not even intellectually challenged frat boys.