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  •  I remember when Janet Reno (15+ / 0-)

    had the author of PGP arrested.  

    Reno to Congress about private encryption software:

    "Much work remains to be done. In particular, I believe we must soon address the risks posed by electronic distribution of encryption software. Although the Wassenaar Nations have now reached agreement to control th e distribution of mass market encryption software of certain cryptographic stren gth, some Wassenaar Nations continue not to control encryption software that is distributed over the Internet, either because the software is in the "public dom ain" or because those Nations do not control distribution of intangible items. W hile I recognize that this issue is controversial, unless we address this situat ion, use of the Internet to distribute encryption products will render Wassenaar 's controls immaterial."
    -- US Attorney General Janet Reno letter to Federal Secretary of Justice Herta Daubler-Gmelin May '99
    They don't want you (and I mean the paranoid plural as opposed to third person plural) to try to prevent you from spying on them.  It might seem like something within your rights -- to at least TRY to not be spied on through imaginative means.  You might think that it's then their obligation, if they still want to spy on you, to overcome your feeble resistance.

    But they take a simpler approach.  They don't want you to even try to protect yourself from being spied upon.

    Of course, the reason is, you might be a pedophile, or a terrorist, or, worst of all possible worlds, a pedophile terrorist.  Because you might be one of those bad things, nobody anywhere at any time, at any place ever has the right to privacy.  And, really, if you have nothing to hide, why would you worry?

    This is the bipartisan policy of our government.

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