Subject: From EFF, about the Clipper chip
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Vuorikoski Veikko <email@example.com>
Date: 02/08/1994 21:16:31
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> Date: Mon, 07 Feb 94 19:56:57 EST
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> Subject: Forwarded Mail from: mutant (Gregory Vassie)
> Subject: Re: More Clipper/Capstone/Tessera stuph...
> From: mutant (Gregory Vassie)
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> Date: Mon, 07 Feb 94 19:12:34 EST
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> Organization: [MindVox] / Phantom Access Technologies / (+1 800-MindVox)
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> Monday, February 7th, 1994
> From: Jerry Berman, Executive Director of EFF
> Dear Friends on the Electronic Frontier,
> I'm writing a personal letter to you because the time has now come for
> action. On Friday, February 4, 1994, the Administration announced that it
> plans to proceed on every front to make the Clipper Chip encryption scheme
> a national standard, and to discourage the development and sale of
> alternative powerful encryption technologies. If the government succeeds
> in this effort, the resulting blow to individual freedom and privacy could
> be immeasurable.
> As you know, over the last three years, we at EFF have worked to ensure
> freedom and privacy on the Net. Now I'm writing to let you know about
> something *you* can do to support freedom and privacy. *Please take a
> moment to send e-mail to U.S. Rep. Maria Cantwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) to
> show your support of H.R. 3627, her bill to liberalize export controls on
> encryption software.* I believe this bill is critical to empowering
> ordinary citizens to use strong encryption, as well as to ensuring that
> the U.S. software industry remains competitive in world markets.
> Here are some facts about the bill:
> Rep. Cantwell introduced H.R. 3627 in the House of Representatives on
> November 22, 1993. H.R. 3627 would amend the Export Control Act to move
> authority over the export of nonmilitary software with encryption
> capabilities from the Secretary of State (where the intelligence community
> traditionally has stalled such exports) to the Secretary of Commerce. The
> bill would also invalidate the current license requirements for
> nonmilitary software containing encryption capablities, unless there is
> substantial evidence that the software will be diverted, modified or
> re-exported to a military or terroristic end-use.
> If this bill is passed, it will greatly increase the availability of
> secure software for ordinary citizens. Currently, software developers do
> not include strong encryption capabilities in their products, because the
> State Department refuses to license for export any encryption technology
> that the NSA can't decipher. Developing two products, one with less secure
> exportable encryption, would lead to costly duplication of effort, so even
> software developed for sale in this country doesn't offer maximum
> security. There is also a legitimate concern that software companies will
> simply set up branches outside of this country to avoid the export
> restrictions, costing American jobs.
> The lack of widespread commercial encryption products means that it will
> be very easy for the federal government to set its own standard--the
> Clipper Chip standard. As you may know, the government's Clipper Chip
> initiative is designed to set an encryption standard where the government
> holds the keys to our private conversations. Together with the Digital
> Telephony bill, which is aimed at making our telephone and computer
> networks "wiretap-friendly," the Clipper Chip marks a dramatic new effort
> on the part of the government to prevent us from being able to engage in
> truly private conversations.
> We've been fighting Clipper Chip and Digital Telephony in the policy arena
> and will continue to do so. But there's another way to fight those
> initiatives, and that's to make sure that powerful alternative encryption
> technologies are in the hands of any citizen who wants to use them. The
> government hopes that, by pushing the Clipper Chip in every way short of
> explicitly banning alternative technologies, it can limit your choices for
> secure communications.
> Here's what you can do:
> I urge you to write to Rep. Cantwell today at email@example.com. In the
> Subject header of your message, type "I support HR 3627." In the body of
> your message, express your reasons for supporting the bill. EFF will
> deliver printouts of all letters to Rep. Cantwell. With a strong showing
> of support from the Net community, Rep. Cantwell can tell her colleagues
> on Capitol Hill that encryption is not only an industry concern, but also
> a grassroots issue. *Again: remember to put "I support HR 3627" in your
> Subject header.*
> This is the first step in a larger campaign to counter the efforts of
> those who would restrict our ability to speak freely and with privacy.
> Please stay tuned--we'll continue to inform you of things you can do to
> promote the removal of restrictions on encryption.
> In the meantime, you can make your voice heard--it's as easy as e-mail.
> Write to firstname.lastname@example.org today.
> Jerry Berman
> Executive Director, EFF
> P.S. If you want additional information about the Cantwell bill, send
> e-mail to email@example.com. To join EFF, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
> The text of the Cantwell bill can be found with the any of the following
> URLs (Universal Resource Locaters):