But she also told me about a brewing problem. Through Laura, I learned a valuable lesson. But he believed that the value of the internet, along with basic privacy, is being rapidly destroyed by ubiquitous surveillance. While I pray that public awareness and debate will lead to reform, bear in mind that the policies of men change in time, and even the Constitution is subverted when the appetites of power demand it. I briefly entertained the suspicion that some government authority—American, Brazilian, or otherwise—was responsible for this delay because they knew something, but I held on to the far likelier explanation that it was just one of those coincidental bureaucratic annoyances. I knew as soon as I saw the FISA court order that this was at least part of the abusive and radical surveillance programs Wyden and Udall had tried to warn the country about. He knows that the biggest and most secretive surveillance organisation in America, the NSA, along with the most powerful government on the planet, is looking for him. But this felt different. Some NSA whistleblowers complained internally about major problems surrounding Trailblazer. He was also highly rational. Everyone's just looking for a good time. And I have a lot of free time right now. I tore open the envelope and found two USB thumb drives, along with a typewritten note containing detailed instructions for using various computer programs designed to provide maximum security, as well as numerous passphrases to encrypted email accounts and other programs I had never heard of. The day after the package arrived, during the week of May 20, Laura told me we needed to speak urgently, but only through OTR off-the-record chat, an encrypted instrument for talking online securely. Ask him about anything in his personal life and he will answer. Or they could pay off the Triads. He produced a ten-minute video entitled PGP for Journalists.