The return of the crypto wars ?

Johan Wevers johanw at
Sat Oct 18 15:59:36 CEST 2014

On 17-10-2014 20:29, Robert J. Hansen wrote:

> Err, sorry.  Argued five times in federal court, been smacked down four
> times.

I don't see any reason why they might not change the law, as the FBI is
proposing, or try to bancrupt a sixt person by going to court again
against someone with limited financial resources.  There is the extra
burden that in the US judges can check laws against the constitution
(one of the few things I really like about the US law system) but
someone smart might just overcome that. Perhaps they will fail a few
more times, but just as with the "fre trade" treaties, fail once and try
again and keep trying until you succeed.

And that is assuming the government is playing it fair. They seem quite
fanatic since Snowden's revelations. If you have done something in your
younger years you don't want to become general knowledge you do might
have a problem.

>> There's a lot of precedent protecting libre hackers.  For once, the
>> system worked the way it's supposed to.

If you have the resources to defend yourself. If you don't want to spend
that juch money, or prefer to spend your time on different matters,
you'd better keep your crypto development outside the US.

ir. J.C.A. Wevers
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