1994-03-11 - RE: The Coming Police State

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From: nates@netcom.com (Nate Sammons)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com (Cypherpunks Mailing List)
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Message ID: <199403110544.VAA11384@netcom10.netcom.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1994-03-11 05:43:45 UTC
Raw Date: Thu, 10 Mar 94 21:43:45 PST

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From: nates@netcom.com (Nate Sammons)
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 94 21:43:45 PST
To: cypherpunks@toad.com (Cypherpunks Mailing List)
Subject: RE: The Coming Police State
Message-ID: <199403110544.VAA11384@netcom10.netcom.com>
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I cannot help but think that having the gov looking in on us will
be good.  I know, get my head shrunk, but look:  It gives us something
to fight for.  Look at me:  Somewhat of a slacker who for a long while
thought there was nothing worth fighting for... now there's the 
government to fight!  What better entity to wage war against?  It's the
classic "valiant fight" the "good guys against the bad guys" fight.
It's the kind of fight you may even feel yourself _wanting_ to fight.

I can't help thinking what a kick I'll get out of seeing my kids in
the future saying, upon them finding my "Cypherpunk Criminal" T-Shirt
in the attic, "Gosh!  Dad was a Cypherpunk!  Wow!"

I'm not (obviously, look at my track record) advocating the Clipper/Capstone/
blah/blah/blah standards or the new draconian legislation proposals...
I'm just saying that it's easier to fight when there's something 
tangible to fight... it's hard now, since there are no laws keeping me
from having a copy of PGP on my Mac (yet), to see what we're fighting.  Maybe
in a year or two there will be.  Who knows.

This National ID Card *really* scares me.  It floods my mind with images
of me standing in line to buy a CD (or whatever) and getting to the front
of the line, being asked for my National ID card (So the proper taxes can
be assesed, and since they cannot sell to non-citizens... blah blah blah)
and me saying "Gosh... I must have left it in my other pants" or me 
pulling out a card with a very obvious blowtorch hole in the center 
(imagine little semi-toasted copper wires hangin out from behind the melted
plastic case) and saying "I had a little accident"

To be honest, if given the chance to get a job after I graduate (blessed
be that day) that involves me moving to some non-USA (or non-Police State)
location, I would be inclined to take it... fast.  I have been leaning towards
the "Let's overthrow the government!" crowd lately, what with reading
all this shit from the FBI, etc... but it's rather pointless to want
to overthrow a government as vast and powerful as our own, so I think it's
best to just plot a guerilla underground haven for myself.

Sorry to waste the bandwidth, but I had to get this off my chest...
(Oh, and sorry for not making it to the last Colorado CPs meeting,
all hell broke loose at work and I had to fix just about everything...)


| Nate Sammons  <nates@netcom.com>  PGP Key and fingerprint via finger.
| Clipper == Big Brother Inside. Question Authority. Encrypt everything.