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From: Abel Wisman (abelable-towers.com)
Date: Tue Oct 16 2001 - 14:21:38 CDT
The law with all the possible ramifications is a horror, to all those living
and working in the USA.
It is a very prudent example of the more recent American adventures where
politics (read popularity contests) are influencing logic thought processes.
Forget the terrorism and the wide grounds on which any American with a
computer can now be kept detained for immoral long times trying to prove he
did not send out that virus but was a victim himself.
Forget the researcher/security analyst who has some programs that would allow
him to analyze any hack of a computer, he will be caught and prosecuted,
after all he has the weapon.
Guns are allowed, but computer tools not, I wonder which ones are the easiest
to perform act of terrorism with, not to count bombs and other heavy stuff.
What is clear is that it for now is a American matter, which only shows that
the land of the free isn't half as free as it is pertaining to be.
It gives space to catch anyone writing a compromising e-mail but leaves open
a far bigger plague: the fraudulent use of credit cards.
Thousand of "smaller" companies on the internet have lost their merchant
accounts, massive amounts of money due to this, yet the American governement
has yet to do anything about it.
57 cases in one month, brought to the attention of the secret service (yes
they are handling those cases) made it painfully clear that action against
those kinds of crime were not to be exepected since the mass amount of under
250 thousand dollar and more important things like protecting a politician on
the caimpaigntrail were of a higher priority.
A Russian who only demonstrated obvious weaknesses in software is still
detained for speaking his peace and not allowed to go home, yet the millions
of american credit cards used fraudulent are not investigated.
The Europeans had similar proposals as law, they all failed, seemingly
politicians, in most parts of europe at least, have more knowledge of civil
rights then the American ones.
It does not take a rocket scientist to see that a law like this is an
infringement on any civil right, and without other grounds then to allow
widespread tapping, forcing ISP's to run their monitoring software as still
is done on phone-calls all over the states.
Most of the surrounding wording, inlcuding the illegality of software or
tools to hack or crack are either made for the supporting industries or to be
taken at less then face value, after all if you want something that would go
down bad (blanket sniffing) you dress it up in something that goes well
Remind me not to visit the states in years to come and to keep my business
outside of the USA, where laws do not make me responsible for the sites i
host, and will not force me to run software that threads on privacy acts and
How can i hold up a privacy act when people register a domain, or rent
webspace or shells if on the other hand i can be forced to allow American
lawenforcement agencies to run sniffing devices and software on my servers.
I promise fredom of speech, regardless whether i like the content, ppl are
allowed to post what they want, they are entiteld to an opinion, and i do
mostcertainly not wish to change that stance.
As such we will not co-operate ever with any law enforcement agency , who
with some more knowledge would not need my servers to wire-tap but could do
it elsewhere like in the suspects computer.
The word terrorist goes down well in the USA atm, it covers a whole range of
outrageous acts proposed to congres, the waiting is for the detention of all
arabs and muslims in camps like the Germans and Japanese Americans had to
endure some 60 years ago, McCarthy cam much later...
l'histoire ce repete