Why create offline main key without encryption capabilities

Mark H. Wood mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Tue Jun 3 16:22:25 CEST 2014

On Mon, Jun 02, 2014 at 11:40:25AM -0700, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> > Am also not familiar with any legal tests or precedents,
> > but the following could hypothetically just as easily be argued:
> The government wants you to do X; you're apparently not complying;  
> you're now before the judge who has to decide whether the government  
> has the power to make you do X.  The judge doesn't care about the  
> third way you're proposing: the judge is only concerned with whether  
> the government has the legal power to make you do X.  That's it.   
> Nothing else.
> If you want to negotiate with the government then you can do that  
> outside the courtroom.  Within it, all you are allowed to do is argue  
> your case ("the government does not have the authority to make me do  
> X").

So, anyone who wants to offer to recover session keys rather than hand
over more-general keys should work on that *now*, when you can perhaps
get it into the law and common practice, rather than later, when you
cannot get it into court.  Right now might be a good time to be heard
on questions of narrowing the scope of search w.r.t. electronic

Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer   mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Machines should not be friendly.  Machines should be obedient.
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