1997-11-03 - Export a random number, go to jail

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From: Tim May <tcmay@got.net>
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
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UTC Datetime: 1997-11-03 22:12:36 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 06:12:36 +0800

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From: Tim May <tcmay@got.net>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 06:12:36 +0800
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
Subject: Export a random number, go to jail
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At 9:46 AM -0700 11/3/97, Peter D. Junger wrote:

>: One time pads are under rated, in my view.  Not only are they secure
>: forever, but the executive branch of the U.S. government says they are
>: exportable.
>If your basis for saying that the U.S. government says that one time
>pads are exportable was the governments classification of a one time
>that I wrote in DOS assembly language using XOR to munge together the
>contents of two files, I don't think that you can rely on that
>authority since, at the same time, the government refused to rule that
>all one time pads using XOR are not subject to licensing under the

"Export a random number, go to jail."

--Tim May

The Feds have shown their hand: they want a ban on domestic cryptography
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