FC: A voice from the past

Declan McCullagh (declan@well.com)
Wed, 25 Feb 1998 11:15:02 -0500

[Lest you think that the debate over controlling crypto is a new one. --Declan]

There is a very real and critical danger that unrestrained
public discussion of cryptologic matters will seriously
damage the ability of the government to conduct signals
intelligence and the ability of the government to carry out
its mission of protecting national security information from
hostile exploitation...

While some people outside NSA express concern that the
government has too much power to control nongovernmental
cryptologic activities, in candor, my concern is that the
government has too little. I believe there are serious
dangers to our broad national interests associated with
uncontrolled dissemination of cryptologic information within
the United States.

--B.R. Inman, director NSA, 1979

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