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Re: US Congress already discussing bans on strong crypto (fwd)
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- Subject: Re: US Congress already discussing bans on strong crypto (fwd)
- From: BSDard <bsdard_(_at_)_auk_(_dot_)_edu_(_dot_)_kg>
- Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 21:27:16 +0600 (KGST)
I am very sorry about what happened in NY and Washington. But this is not
the way to ban the strong cripto.
Turned off server - absolute security, I agree, but there must be other
ways. There will always be a bad guy who will find the way, and the only
way to keep up, is to improve all the time.
On Fri, 14 Sep 2001, Darren Reed wrote:
> The key word below is "global".
> Congress Mulls Stiff Crypto Laws
> By Declan McCullagh (declan_(_at_)_wired_(_dot_)_com)
> 1:45 p.m. Sep. 13, 2001 PDT
> WASHINGTON -- The encryption wars have begun.
> For nearly a decade, privacy mavens have been worrying that a
> terrorist attack could prompt Congress to ban
> communications-scrambling products that frustrate both police wiretaps
> and U.S. intelligence agencies.
> Tuesday's catastrophe, which shed more blood on American soil than any
> event since the Civil War, appears to have started that process.
> Some politicians and defense hawks are warning that extremists such as
> Osama bin Laden, who U.S. officials say is a crypto-aficionado and the
> top suspect in Tuesday's attacks, enjoy unfettered access to
> privacy-protecting software and hardware that render their
> communications unintelligible to eavesdroppers.
> In a floor speech on Thursday, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire)
> called for a global prohibition on encryption products without
> backdoors for government surveillance.
> "This is something that we need international cooperation on and we
> need to have movement on in order to get the information that allows
> us to anticipate and prevent what occurred in New York and in
> Washington," Gregg said, according to a copy of his remarks that an
> aide provided.
> President Clinton appointed an ambassador-rank official, David Aaron,
> to try this approach, but eventually the administration abandoned the
> Gregg said encryption makers "have as much at risk as we have at risk
> as a nation, and they should understand that as a matter of
> citizenship, they have an obligation" to include decryption methods
> for government agents. Gregg, who previously headed the appropriations
> subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, said that such access
> would only take place with "court oversight."
> Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, a hawkish think tank
> that has won accolades from all recent Republican presidents, says
> that this week's terrorist attacks demonstrate the government must be
> able to penetrate communications it intercepts.
> "I'm certainly of the view that we need to let the U.S. government
> have access to encrypted material under appropriate circumstances and
> regulations," says Gaffney, an assistant secretary of defense under
> President Reagan.