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Re: [Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>] Re: Debian & BSD concerns

On Tue, Mar 09, 1999 at 11:35:01PM -0800, Stephen Zander wrote:
> >>>>> "Stephen" == Stephen Carpenter <sjc@delphi.com> writes:
>     Stephen> Which police State do you live in?  I thought (it has
>     Stephen> been a while) that you lived in the US?
> If you don't think the US is a police state then you haven't been
> paying attention lately. :)

You misread my statment.

The USA IS a police state as far as I am concerned...I was just saying that
as far as I remember Mr Carter lives in the United Police States of America

> There has been a bill meandering through Congress that supports WIPO.
> Either because of this, or due to specific riders on this bill,
> reverse engineering *would* become illegal.  Much furor has ensued in
> the cryptographic communities because it would make cryptoanalysis
> illegal by extension; crytanalysis being nothing more than a very
> specific form of reverse engineering. :)

I am familir with this legislation....tho I couldn't remember its name or
status so I didn't cite it.
> Unfortunately, I know neither the title of the bill nor its current
> status.

The US has many worst exisiting LAWs than this which make it an existing police

in a 1995 study, it was found that 80% of people who had property forfeit 
under Drug prohibition measures were never charged with a crime!
In fact...forfeiture is a civil action...so even after a person is
aquitted of the crime, they can still have propery forfeit!

/* -- Stephen Carpenter <sjc@delphi.com> --- <sjc@debian.org>------------ */
"Those who desire to give up freedom in exchange for safety will not have, 
 nor do they deserve, either one." 
                -- Thomas Jefferson 

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