FC: Rep. Ron Paul asks FBI to divulge info on Magic Lantern

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Jan 14 2002 - 15:15:47 PST

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    Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is one of the most reliable champions of the Fourth 
    Amendment in this Congress. Previous message:
    "FBI refuses to tell Congress aide about 'classified' Magic Lantern"
    Background on "Magic Lantern":
    From: "Singleton, Norman" <Norman.Singletonat_private>
    To: declanat_private
    Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 17:49:40 -0500
    Declan, I thought you might like to see this letter we sent Mueller last 
    week regarding the FBi's refusal to provide information on Magic latern 
    (feel free to send this to the politech list and have a good vacation)
    I am writing regarding media reports that the Federal Bureau of
    Investigation (FBI) is developing "Magic Lantern" software.  As you
    know, Magic Lantern software allows the FBI to insert a computer
    virus into a computer allowing the FBI to record every keystroke
    made by anyone using that computer.  If the media reports are
    accurate, the Magic Lantern project could greatly impact the
    privacy and civil liberties of all Americans who communicate via e-
    Recently, my Legislative Director attempted to obtain information
    on this project from the FBI and was told such information was
    classified.  Considering the potential impact of Magic Lantern, I
    am sure you can understand why I was disturbed by this refusal.
    I therefore respectfully request that your office either respond to
    my Legislative Director's original request for information on Magic
    Lantern, or provide me with written justification for the FBI's
    refusal to share information on this crucial issue.  Please respond
    to this request by two weeks after date of letter.  You may contact
    Mr. Norman Singleton, my Legislative Director, if you have any
    questions or need any information from my office. Thank you for
    your cooperation in this matter.
    Norman Kirk Singleton
    Legislative Director
    Congressman Ron Paul
    202-225-2831 (ph)
    202-226-4871 (fx)
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