[IWAR] CRYPTO: FBI tells Congress encryption "is a critical problem" (fwd)

From: Mark Hedges (hedgesat_private)
Date: Wed Jan 28 1998 - 15:43:57 PST

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    Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 13:46:48 -0800 (PST)
    From: Declan McCullagh <declanat_private>
    To: politechat_private
    Subject: FC: FBI tells Congress encryption "is a critical problem"
    The nation's top cops aren't happy about Americans using
    data-scrambling software to shield their correspondence
    from prying eyes. Today the deputy director of the FBI told
    the Senate Intelligence committee that encryption "is a
    critical problem" that Congress needs to solve --
    presumably by banning email and other programs that his
    G-men can't crack.
    Bob Bryant warned the committee that "the widespread use of
    robust non-key recovery encryption will ultimately devastate our
    ability to fight crime and prevent terrorism."
    Which is precisely what Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb) claims he's
    concerned about. He said "if we want to make the American
    people continue to feel safe," the National Security Agency
    and the FBI "have to be able to somehow deal with not just
    the complexity of signals, but increasingly encrypted
    signals that are impossible for us to break." Not
    surprisingly, the question of why the FBI and NSA should
    have the ability to listen in on any conversation was left
    unasked. --By Declan McCullagh/Washington (declanat_private)
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    One would think that lasers bounced off windows, banking transaction
    records, spy satellites, and hey, good old fashioned interviewing
    witnesses would keep IC/LEA at bay from wiretapping everything.
    Of course, they say they'll only tap things with a valid court order. Not
    only has the FISA court never denied a court order, but I and many others
    simply do not believe them. Spin control? Manufactured consent?  Memetics?
    Bah, they're fooling themselves.
    Also, banning of crypto programs will only hurt the law-abiding.  Crypto
    is everywhere, and criminals will continue to use strong cryptography.
    A lot of these terrorists ... though misguided in their analysis that
    violence can implement long term change for good ... commit their actions
    because they're angry their freedoms are taken away. Government takes
    their freedoms away because, they say, they want to prevent violent
    confrontation, and especially nuclear war. Catch-22. The more freedoms are
    taken away, the more humans will become angry and willing to use violence
    to get them back. It's time for our species to deal with our greed, lies,
    and violent instincts. 
    Personally, I don't even want to buy a gun. I deal with tremendous guilt
    when I eat meat. I wish people would be nice to each other, but then I
    guess they wouldn't get that crack-smoking feeling from their rage.

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