[IWAR] US CRYTPO bipartisan alliance against key recovery

From: Mark Hedges (hedgesat_private)
Date: Mon Feb 02 1998 - 14:14:20 PST

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    Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 12:07:24 -0500
    From: Declan McCullagh <declanat_private>
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    Time Magazine
    February 9, 1998
    Page 20
    A few years ago, ED GILLESPIE was busy orchestrating the
    Republican takeover of Congress as the G.O.P.'s top
    spinmeister. Now the man behind the Contract with America
    is shifting to high tech as he battles a new foe: a plan to
    ban software capable of encoding messages so securely that
    police can't crack them. A law proposed by the FBI would
    mandate an electronic peephole in all encryption programs
    so that government agents can read your files. The FBI
    claims this is necessary to protect against criminals. But
    Silicon Valley chiefs see this as a threat, and are
    equipping Gillespie with a multimillion-dollar lobbying and
    media budget. Joining him to woo Democrats is lobbyist JACK
    QUINN, former counsel to Bill Clinton and ex-chief of staff
    to Al Gore.
    --By Declan McCullagh/Washington
    For details on the new encryption campaign, check out today's Netly News
    (netlynews.com) at:
    "The alliance hopes this preemptive grassroots-and-lobbying strategy will
    be enough to win a quick victory in Congress. Firms desperately want to
    prevent the FBI's "key escrow" back doors from being forced down their
    throats (or, failing that, to at least cut an acceptable deal), but they
    also hope they can persuade Congress to deep-six the White House's
    restrictions on overseas sales of secure software.
    "They'll have their chance soon enough. Sen.  John Ashcroft (R-Mo.)
    promised to hold hearings in his subcommittee this month. In the House,
    word from a Republican whip meeting is that an encryption bill will be
    ushered to the floor for a vote early this year. But three different bills
    exist -- one favoring industry, one that's neutral and one that includes
    the FBI's wish list. Which one emerges is crucial. A staffer for Rep. Dick
    Armey (R-Texas), House majority leader, told me the FBI's version of the
    bill is likely to be presented for a vote because of the "black limousine
    problem" -- whenever high tech appears to be winning, black limos converge
    on Capitol Hill and disgorge top government officials who, in secret
    briefings, warn congressmen that the future of national security is at

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