1997-01-14 - Newt’s phone calls

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From: Clay Olbon II <olbon@ix.netcom.com>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1997-01-14 00:13:37 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 16:13:37 -0800 (PST)

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From: Clay Olbon II <olbon@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 16:13:37 -0800 (PST)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Newt's phone calls
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I just caught the news reports of Newt Gingrich's cell phone calls being
taped by "a little old retired couple" with a scanner.  These were then
given to a congressman, who gave them to a newspaper.

The take on this that we won't hear is: "This is outrageous!  Why don't
cell-phones offer encryption to ensure our privacy?"

Unfortunately, I think crypto is still so far beneath the public
consciousness that the obvious solution to these sorts of problems is
ignored in favor of the "there oughta be a law" non-solution.  (Of course,
in this case there is a law!) What I really hope this incident spawns is a
market ...


Clay Olbon			    olbon@ix.netcom.com
sys-admin, engineer, programmer, statistitian, etc.