Ladar Levison's (LL) actions strike me as highly laudable patriotism. PJ's not so much. I can certainly relate to her trepidation and don't begrudge PJ the choice to avoid spying and to discourage others from having their privacy violated by communicating with her/Groklaw. I can sympathize with PJ's choice to withdraw from conflict and cower in hiding, but I admire LL's heroic iconoclasm.
There has never been "beauty and safety in the rule of law." The law invests the power of the rod and sword, the authority to coerce and destroy. Keeping the abuse of that power in check requires public resistance.