American Samizdat

Monday, September 27, 2010. *
In East germany the german people stormed the Stazi secret police HQ and threw the files into the streets, in America we have a better retort, it's called waiting for godot? or should i say gitmo? Or some hero to save us..

Some days you just have to scorn or ...

And then other times, you just can't wash the shit off your hands...


Easing Wiretaps on the Internet

“They can promise strong encryption. They just need to figure out how they can provide us plain text.” The administration plans to submit legislation to Congress in 2011 which would mandate any communications technology operating in the United States to include technical measures to comply with wiretap orders.

This is the latest of many attempts to build backdoors for law enforcement into any technology that can be used to communicate; those who have paid attention to the subject for a while may remember Clipper, one notable carrot in a long line of sticks. What's different now is that it pushes the responsibility of getting to the unencrypted message onto the operator: it would in effect be illegal to operate strong cryptography without some form of key escrow or other law-enforcement-friendly weakness built in. Though this is not quite the level of control on crypto mandated by more authoritarian regimes, it represents a new restriction on the freedom of information within the United States.

It is unclear how the proposed penalties could be applied to systems without a single operator, and questions of jurisdiction naturally present themselves in an international Internet. More certain is opposition to the measure from an engineering community that has allergy to wiretapping encoded in its DNA.

posted by Uncle $cam at 3:28 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
The parliamentary battle of the NSDAP had the single purpose of destroying the parliamentary system from within through its own methods. It was necessary above all to make formal use of the possibilities of the party-state system but to refuse real cooperation and thereby to render the parliamentary system, which is by nature dependent upon the responsible cooperation of the opposition, incapable of action.

Ernst Rudolf Huber (witness)
From the Chief Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality
Volume I, Chapter VII

One couldn't make that comparison unless it existed.
3:38 PM  
Blogger Uncle $cam said...
Indeed, I believe it to be clinical, systemic and god damned methodical...

Just another Hit to the system..
5:10 PM  
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