Re: [Crypto] Re: vs.

Richard B. Johnson (
Sun, 20 Apr 1997 10:17:19 -0400 (EDT)

On Sat, 19 Apr 1997, Oskar Pearson wrote:

> "David S. Miller" writes:
> > Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1997 11:27:12 +0200
> > From: Olaf Titz <>

> Linus creates a kernel with encryption in it.
> He encrypts it with an international encryption algorithym (blowfish for eg)
> or even a few of them... you never know who the CIA has bought.
> He exports the encrypted code.
> Someone in (for example) Finland de-encrypts it and put it one their site.
> This essentially creates a catch-22 (or double bind in Psychology) situation
> for the government. They have been avoiding telling the world how much they can
> crack.... if they want to prosecute Linus they would have to reveal what they
> can crack.

You forget that various US security agencies make their own rules. They
are not governed by rule-of-law. We need to get Congress to control this
not-too-hidden "government". You do this by flooding Congress with proposals
for a new law to remove any restrictions on the export of so-called
encryption technology. You have to actually write the law yourself because
the Congress is basically too dumb to know what you are talking about.

Dick Johnson
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