1997-08-02 - Re: Denning backs away from GAK

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From: Mike Duvos <enoch@zipcon.net>
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
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UTC Datetime: 1997-08-02 04:39:03 UTC
Raw Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 12:39:03 +0800

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From: Mike Duvos <enoch@zipcon.net>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 12:39:03 +0800
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
Subject: Re: Denning backs away from GAK
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Tim May writes:

 > * Next year's report finds solid evidence that crypto is being used to
 > hinder investigations, and has indeed had an effect. 

This is obviously the strategy here.  If we lend credibility to the
examination of chicken entrails because the Sorcerer is saying something
we agree with, then we are powerless to denounce the process as flim-flam
when we wake up one morning and find ourselves no longer in the Sorcerer's

Similarly, if we buy into the notion that national crypto policy should be
dictated by the needs of law enforcement, instead of fundamental
Constitutional considerations, because law enforcement is purring and
courting our favor, then it is only a matter of time before we find that
we have stupidly oiled the very machinery which will be used for our

As Tim says, stick with Constitutional arguments, not utilitarian ones,
and beware of Wise Persons from the East bearing Gifts.

     Mike Duvos         $    PGP 2.6 Public Key available     $
     enoch@zipcon.com   $    via Finger                       $
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