First I want to apologize for the length of this
message to the international participants on this list.
However some of the information would apply to some of you
as well. I however can only speak as a citizen of the
United States of America.
OK, folks. I know that I spend a lot of time lurking and
little talking, but I can't keep quiet this time. I am
seeing the same arguments here that I saw a number of years
ago on another issue.
People were told in 1968, that our government was starting
to take away our rights, but the people allowed the
government to take away a portion of our rights then. Now
the government is getting braver and taking rights away
from larger groups. It won't take long for them to start
taking away rights of "the mass".
Now for those who aren't old enough to remember 1968, that
is when the first major gun control law was passed by the
federal government. I expect to get flamed on this one,
but it is just one long chain of events. Guns didn't
affect nearly as many people as encryption does, encryption
doesn't affect as many as many other things, but the trend
is there. Now don't take me as one of the "we must
forcibly overthrow the government" type of gun advocates,
as I am not. What I recommend is that we, the people of
the United States of America, take the responsibility to
elect the right people to office. They are our servants
and must be made to listen to our voices. If they don't
listen to our voices, then we don't vote for them the next
I made a commitment to myself when the government could
pass a budget in 1993/1994 that I would not vote for a
single person that was serving in a federal office at that
time , in the next election. I kept that commitment. I
did not vote for a single representative, senator,
president, etc. that was in the budget mess. I helped
throw some bums out of office. I intend to do the same
thing in the next election, and get rid of some more bums.
But the key is not in not voting for them, the key is in
voting for someone else. Your vote is your voice. I don't
care how many dollars the politicians throw into
advertising, and how much of that comes from big business,
my vote counts just as much as the vote of anyone else.
And my vote and your vote count just as much as any other 2
Quite whining about it and become active about it! Get out
there and vote. Help in someone's compaign by telling your
neighbors or tell your neighbors how <insert the proper
name here> is taking rights away from the citizens. Don't
wait until, the day before the election to do this either,
do it NOW. Today is the day to become active and start
influencing others. It doesn't take long. Mention it at
the coffee pot, or the water fountain, or anywhere that you
are chatting with people. Just do it.
Bill is preaching to the choir here. And that has to be
done so that the choir knows the word. But as the choir,
we must go and sing to the people.
On Thu, 18 Sep 1997 18:33:25 -0700 Bill Stout
> <rant on>
> Let's keep the 'secure' in 'network security'. The encryption export
> restriction is stupid enough. Now they want to create back doors in all
> "Told you so." [tm]
> FBI Director Lois Freeh's plan to demand secret backdoors into all computer
> software after 1998:
> I for one, have no plans to obey stupid restrictions like that. I have an
> unalienable* right to free speech, into which I also interpret the right to
> speak privately. Our 'brilliant'(technically clueless), 'glorious leaders'
> (always a new scandal) are now trying to outlaw math. I expect a big smoke
> and mirrors campaign (such as making cigarettes a 'childeren issue')
> 'justifying' back doors in commercial software, all the while ignoring the
> fact that criminals won't use weak crypto. You know they've sunk to the
> lowest level once you hear them whine "but it's for the childeren". Let's
> fight them! They've crossed the line.
> <rant off>
> Please, can someone post an algorithm for strong encryption that we can all
> sign our (global) messages with?
> Bill Stout
> Second amendment, Bill of Rights -
> "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
> U.S. Constitution -
> * "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" - unalienable,
> Certain rights given by your creator, not the government, therefore the
> government cannot create a 'lien' or can remove these rights.
Kelly L. Fulks