Rep. Lofgren on McCain/Kerrey (good. long.)

Tim May tcmay at
Fri Jun 27 09:47:04 PDT 1997

I also applaud what my local Congresscritterwoman says, and especially her
quotation of the Dan Gillmor column from the local Silicon Valley
newspaper. I saw this colum several days ago and was impressed, especially
by the quote I include below.

At 11:33 PM -0700 6/26/97, geeman at wrote:
>[Congressional Record: June 25, 1997 (Extensions)]
>[Page E1320]
>>From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access []
>  Ms. LOFGREN. Mr. Speaker, last week the Senate Commerce Committee
>reported a bill, S. 909, sponsored by Senators McCain and Kerrey, which
>            [From the San Jose Mercury News, June 23, 1997]
>          Encryption Bill: Federal Exercise in Self-Deception
>                            (By Dan Gillmor)
>       Governments are certain that bad people will use encryption
>     to help achieve bad ends. They're right. But their cure would
>     shred our basic liberties.

This is the point I make to people who ask about the "bad" things crypto
will make possible. I say "Of course it will."

Then I go on to cite the same "bad" things that curtains on windows make
possible, that locks on doors make possible, that private hotel rooms make
possible, that whispers make possible, and that privacy in general makes

--Tim May

There's something wrong when I'm a felon under an increasing number of laws.
Only one response to the key grabbers is warranted: "Death to Tyrants!"
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