Re: Sen. Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire) called for a global prohibition on encryption

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Fri Sep 14 2001 - 03:19:34 MDT

It was only to be expected. Note that we now are essentially back to
square one with the clipper chip, but now with the added feature of
global prohibitions and a likely strong support from the public and
politicians. It is going to be an uphill battle to argue against this
(especially in the US) without sounding like helping terrorism - despite
that these backdoors would at most help trace people *after* a nefarious
deed, not prevent it... Unless certain agencies are also given the
rights to do some premptive searching, which might appeal to quite a few
people too right now :-(

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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