FC: John Ashcroft's unintentional definition of irony

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Mon Nov 25 2002 - 12:45:24 PST

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    Here's something I wrote on Ashcroft's privacy stance when he was appointed:
    It's tempting to over-simplify and say he was great then and awful now, but 
    Ashcroft's record in Congress was hardly spectacular:
    Also remember that Bill Clinton and Janet Reno were around in the late 
    1990s -- which is one big reason then-senator Ashcroft was railing against 
    the Justice Department.
    From: "Paul \"Evil Genius\" Music" <evlpawlat_private>
    To: "DeClan" <declanat_private>
    Subject: Senator Ashcroft unintentionally defines Irony
    Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 13:22:53 -0600
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    [Senator Ashcroft takes issue with administration views on the Internet
    and the use of encryption technology.]
    . . . . . . . The Clinton administration would like the Federal government 
    to have the capability to read any international or domestic computer 
    communications. The FBI wants access to decode, digest, and discuss 
    financial transactions, personal e-mail, and proprietary information sent 
    abroad -- all in the name of national security.
    . . . . This proposed policy raises obvious concerns about Americans' 
    privacy, in addition to tampering with the competitive advantage that our 
    U.S. software companies currently enjoy in the field of encryption 
    technology. Not only would Big Brother be looming over the shoulders of 
    international cyber-surfers, but the administration threatens to render our 
    state-of-the-art computer software engineers obsolete and unemployed.
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