1997-01-14 - Re: Newt’s phone calls

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From: Eric Murray <ericm@lne.com>
To: olbon@ix.netcom.com (Clay Olbon II)
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UTC Datetime: 1997-01-14 01:21:44 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 17:21:44 -0800 (PST)

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From: Eric Murray <ericm@lne.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 17:21:44 -0800 (PST)
To: olbon@ix.netcom.com (Clay Olbon II)
Subject: Re: Newt's phone calls
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Clay Olbon II writes:
> 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 ...

It won't.  It'll spawn more laws.

Encryption is voodoo to the masses and the politicians.  Even
in Silicon Valley newspapers there's the obligitory "encryption is the
science of scrambling words so that hackers can't read them" in
each article that mentions encryption.  However the masses and
politicans understand laws and jails pretty well.

Use a scanner, excuse me "cellular phone hacking equipment", go to jail.

Eric Murray  ericm@lne.com  ericm@motorcycle.com  http://www.lne.com/ericm
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