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Re: S.2281 Hearing (was: Justice Dept: Wiretaps...)
On Mon, 21 Jun 2004, Pete Schroebel wrote: > > > > > I think the only advantage to DOJ working this hard on LI capabilities > is that > > >it may raise public awareness of the issue, and, may help get better > cryptographic > > >technologies more widely deployed sooner. Other than that, I think it's > just a lose > > >all the way around. > > > > I'm not advocating the DoJ's position on this matter, just trying to > > clarify it for the list (since it was rather muddled in earlier postings). > > > > /John > > > > > They, "the DOJ" is just trying to do it's job, as they are under the > microscope due to the fumbles that led to the compromises by an obviously > inept predecessor. Now, they are tighten the screws on everything from > telecoms to bank accounts; to prevent another round of fumbled information > resulting in a preventable issue going unchecked. If you mean the 'misplaced' information surrounding the 9/11 hijackers, I'm not sure any amount of wiretapping/snooping would have ever changed the situation. The problem was more related to, according to news reports and senate (house?) hearings/testimony, miscommunications inside each of the parts of the DoJ/CIA/NSA. All the wiretapping in the world wont get information passed correctly inside these organizations. Smoke screen efforts are less helpful and are simple diversions from the reality of the problem.