1994-05-02 - Re: So, what are we going to do?

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From: Dragon(David Fiedler) <david@infopro.netcom.com>
To: PMARKS@vax1.umkc.edu
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UTC Datetime: 1994-05-02 05:33:57 UTC
Raw Date: Sun, 1 May 94 22:33:57 PDT

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From: Dragon(David Fiedler) <david@infopro.netcom.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 94 22:33:57 PDT
To: PMARKS@vax1.umkc.edu
Subject: Re: So, what are we going to do?
Message-ID: <9405012103.aa02390@infopro.infopro.com>
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PMARKS@vax1.umkc.edu writes:
> 	It may be too late for the federal gov't to regulate cryptography. 
> The genie is already out of the bottle.  They might legislate it, even 
> criminalize it, but private non-clipper crypto is here.  I believe it is 
> here to stay.  At least, I'm not giving up _MY_ copy of PGP.  As long as 
> I've got a copy, my friends can get copies.  Their friends can get copies 
> from them.  Just _HOW_ heavy-handed does the Justice Dept. plan to get? 
> 	Will they come in at midnight, knocking down doors, shouting 
> "we have a search warrant to locate illegal cryptography in your 
> possession!" and run off with my equipment?  _That_ could be quite 
> embarrassing for crypto users like me, who are _not_ pornographers, 
> drug dealers, or terrorrists to show up in court.  What is the prosecuter 
> going to tell the judge?  "So far, we've decyphered his secret bar-b-que 
> sauce recipie and his grandmothers instructions for making chocolate-chip 
> cookies, but we expect to have the plaintext of his letter to his sister 
> anytime now."  

Well, not to stray from the topic either, but that's precisely what
they're planning to do to gun owners. Once they start attacking citizens
on any particular political correctness issue, all others are fair game.