Letters to the Editor
I read the story "Senate panel passes new bill requiring key-recovery technology" [FCW June 23] with great concern. I've been a follower of public-key cryptography for some time and I have a number of concerns with the government's approach particularly with respect to key recovery/escrow.
Although I'm active-duty military and I support the use of National Security Agency encryption systems with symmetric and asymmetric key systems to secure military and other intra-federal communications I'm rabidly opposed to Clipper/Capstone/key escrow etc.
As far as I can tell the lawmakers passing bills such as the Secure Public Networks Act just don't get it from a number of angles including the fact that non-escrowed strong public-key encryption is already "in the wild" and available to those who want it. They can pass any laws they like but they aren't going to accomplish anything! Criminals smart enough to use encryption aren't going to use the "government-approved" meth-od that's easily read by anyone with a warrant! Same goes for pornographers terrorists or anyone else who doesn't trust the government with their secrets.
If you would please point me in the direction of the misguided policy-makers and their staffers. I'd like to get my input in to them as a concerned voter citizen taxpayer etc. who doesn't want to see any more time and effort squandered down the dead end of key escrow/recovery.
Please note that this letter reflects my own opinion and not that of the Navy.
Thanks for your time.Michael L. TysonElectronics Technician(Surface Warfare) First ClassNavy