[FoRK] Bitcoin: "tied cryptologically to all the criminal activities that contributed to its shared value"

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Tue Jun 5 14:37:37 PDT 2018


https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/the-nsa-worked-to-track-down-bitcoin-users-snowden-documents-reveal/

On 4/15/2013 9:50 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
> "tied cryptologically to all the criminal activities that contributed to 
> its shared value"
> 
> Greg, you've seen this, but I post this for folks on this list who haven't.
> 
> I'm curious if anyone can convincingly refute the following statements 
> from this article. Oh, and also note: 
> http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-national-security/new-documents-suggest-irs-reads-emails-without-warrant 
> 
> 
> http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=219284
> 
> ".... In order to do this the system that implements the currency must 
> maintain and expose a full and complete record of each and every 
> transfer from the origin of that particular coin forward!
> 
> "This is the only way I can know that nobody else was presented the same 
> token before I was, and that the last transfer made of that token was to 
> you.  I must know with certainty that both of these conditions are true, 
> and then to be able to spend that coin I must make the fact that I hold 
> it and you transferred it to me known to everyone as well.
> 
> "Now consider the typical clandestine transaction -- Joe wishes to buy a 
> bag of pot, which happens to be illegal to transact.  He has Bitcoins to 
> buy the pot with.  He finds a dealer willing to sell the pot despite it 
> being illegal to do so, and transfers the coins to the dealer.  The 
> dealer must verify the block chain of the coins to insure that he is not 
> being given coins that were already spent on gasoline or that Joe didn't 
> counterfeit them, and then he transfers the pot to Joe.  There is now an 
> indelible and permanent record of the transfer of funds and that record 
> will never go away.
> 
> "This creates several problems for both Joe and the dealer.  The dealer 
> can (and might) take steps such as using "throw-away" wallets to try to 
> unlink the transfer from his person, but that's dangerous.  In all 
> jurisdictions "structuring" transactions to evade money laundering or 
> reporting constraints is a separate and unique crime and usually is a 
> felony.  Therefore, the very act of trying to split up transactions or 
> use of "throw-away" wallets in and of itself is likely to be ruled a 
> crime, leaving any party doing that exposed to separate and distinct 
> criminal charges (along with whatever else they can bust you for.)
> 
> "Second, due to the indelible nature of the records you're exposed for 
> much longer that with traditional currencies to the risk of a bust and 
> in many cases you might be exposed for the rest of your life.  In 
> particular if there is a tax evasion issue that arises you're in big 
> trouble because there is no statute of limitations on willful 
> non-reporting of taxes in the United States, along with many other 
> jurisdictions.  Since the records never go away your exposure, once you 
> engage in a transaction that leads to liability, is permanent.
> 
> "Third, because Bitcoin is not state-linked and thus fluctuates in value 
> there is an FX tax issue.  Let's say you "buy" Bitcoins (whether for 
> cash or in exchange for a good or service you provide) at a time when 
> they have a "value" of $5 each against the US dollar.  You spend them 
> when they have a "value" of $20 each.  You have a capital gain of $15. 
> At the time of the sale you have a tax liability too, and I'm willing to 
> bet you didn't keep track of it or report it.  That liability never goes 
> away as it was wilfully evaded and yet the ability to track the 
> transaction never goes away either! [...]"
> 
> 
> On 11/16/2012 8:25 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>  > Bitcoin, while elegant in theory, is blood money, tied 
> cryptologically to all the criminal activities that contributed to its 
> shared value--with its participants condoning that criminal activity by 
> being compensated through accretive value by turning a blind eye to that 
> very same criminal activity.
>  >
>  > Greg
>  >
>  > On 11/16/2012 8:13 AM, Gary Stock wrote:
>  >>
>  >> Does ZS have a "loyal opposition"?  The presentation is appealing, but
>  >> avoids revealing any weaknesses.
>  >>
>  >> Brief examples of triggers of doubt:
>  >>
>  >> Discussing BCI, without ever defining the acronym, suggests a mild but
>  >> natural flavor of "inbreeding toward irrelevance."  It leaves me
>  >> wondering if the group is too self-referential.
>  >>
>  >> Pitching Bitcoin as so highly profitable has all the hallmarks of an
>  >> investment scam.  It leaves me wondering if the group is unaware of how
>  >> that appears to outsiders.
>  >>
>  >> Can someone recommend a usable -- i.e., rational, moderate, concise --
>  >> statement of ways in which ZS or bitcoin may ~not~ work as intended?
>  >>
>  >> Of what has not been said, but might ~need~ to be considered?
>  >>
>  >> Thanks,
>  >> GS
>  >>
>  >> On 11/16/12 5:13 AM, Eugen Leitl wrote:
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