Its in all the head lines today. Democrates are feigning falsehoods on demestic socalled spying on American citizens by the Bush administration. Saying that it has never been tried before. Only the odasity of Bush and his demogodry is trying to create a police state. Heavy language from those who forget the past so easily.
Hoover of FBI and drag fame under John Kennedy spied domesticly without warrents on Martin Luther King Jr. Not to mention on everybody else. Franklin D. Roosevelt spied on Japanese and German disadents in America during WWII. Spying is not new.
However the thought by leftist of spying on possible leftist allies is just wrong in thier minds.
We do not have to look very far back into history, only a couple of years and see the hypocrasy of the leftist elite in thier attempts to, with out cause spy domestically on Americans.
The Clipper Project ... supported by then President Clinton and directed by Al. Gore. Just think what may have been if Gore had illegally siezed the presidency as democrates wanted.
Secret Documents: Hubbell Wanted Federal Access to Phones
Charles R. Smith
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002
Al Gore once assured the American public that an Orwellian government would not monitor us. Even today, Al Gore will not claim that he planned to enable the government to tap every phone in the United States if it so desired.
Al Gore wanted to be Big Brother. In 1993, Vice President Al Gore spearheaded a project called "Clipper" which was designed to monitor America. Gore's leadership in this scheme to allow the Feds to have easy access to bug American telephones is all too well documented for him to deny.
"We also want to assure users of key escrow encryption products that they will not be subject to unauthorized electronic surveillance," wrote Al Gore in a 1994 memo to Congress.
"As we have done with the Clipper Chip, future key escrow schemes must contain safeguards to provide for key disclosures only under legal authorization and should have audit procedures to ensure the integrity of the system," wrote Gore.
Hubbell and a Secret Project
One document released by the Justice Dept. is a March 1993 Justice Dept. memo from Stephen Colgate, Assistant Attorney General for Administration, to Webster Hubbell.
In 1993, Webster Hubbell, the now convicted Rose office law partner of Hillary Clinton, served as the number two at the Justice Department. Both Gore and Janet Reno personally tasked Hubbell to run the Clipper project.
Colgate's 1993 memo to Hubbell provides the details of the Gore plan. According to the Colgate memo, Vice President Al Gore chaired a meeting with Hubbell, Reno, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, and Leon Panetta in March 1993. The meeting was on the "AT&T Telephone Security Device".
In 1992, AT&T had developed secure telephones that the U.S. government could not tap. In response, AT&T was secretly paid by the Clinton administration to keep the secure phones out of the American market. According to Colgate's memo, the secure phones were simply too dangerous for American citizens.
"AT&T has developed a Data Encryption Standard (DES) product for use on telephones to provide security for sensitive conversations. The FBI, NSA and NSC want to purchase the first production run of these devices to prevent their proliferation. They are difficult to decipher and are a deterrent to wiretaps," Assistant Attorney General Colgate wrote to Webster Hubbell.
The basic idea of the plan was to pay money to AT&T into using a National Security Agency (NSA) developed chip called CLIPPER inside its phones and computers. The Clipper chip would enable the Federal government to monitor both secure computer and telephone conversations.
Hubbell arranged for the entire production run of secure AT&T phones to be secretly purchased, using the Department of Justice "confiscation" fund supplied by the "drug war", in order to keep the purchase off the general books.
The project also included plans to "mandate" the Clipper chip into all U.S. homes and businesses. According to a secret March 1993 memo to Webster Hubbell, "FBI, NSA and NSC want to push legislation which would require all government agencies and eventually everyone in the U.S. to use a new public-key based cryptography method."
The plan to have access to every American's phones was justified in a SECRET memo to Webster Hubbell by the National Security Agency. According to Stewart Baker, NSA General Counsel, the super-secret agency "considered seeking legislation to give the government authority to regulate the manufacture or importation of encryption into the United States."
"But regulation or forbidding encryption would be a big step - and a controversial one. It seems prudent to try the less drastic voluntary approach first," noted NSA's Baker in his memo to Hubbell.
"It is also possible that competitors will not use CLIPPER and will tout their devices' lack of law enforcement access. If so, the government will have to face the harder question of whether to make key escrow mandatory," noted Baker in the SECRET memo.
"But that is a question the government would have to face today if AT&T introduced a successful non-key-escrow device. In addition to delaying the problem, getting AT&T to use CLIPPER voluntarily will give decision makers the advantage of real-life experience with key-escrow, which will provide a much better basis for deciding whether mandatory key-escrow is practicable."
Despite public statements to the contrary, and payouts to AT&T, the Clinton administration determined that mandatory CLIPPER chips were the only answer. According to a 1993 FBI memo to then Clinton national security advisor George Tenet, "technical solutions, such as they are, will only work if they are incorporated into all encryption products. To ensure that this occurs, legislation mandating the use of Government approved encryption products or adherence to Government encryption criteria is required."
However, according to secret FBI documents, the Clipper chip also had an "exploitable" feature. That "exploitable feature" was an Achilles heel.
In 1993, Benita Cooper, NASA Associate Administrator for Management Systems and Facilities, documented the fatal flaw in Gore's great computer-security idea.
"The [Clipper] Chip programmer is a device provided by the National Security Agency. There is no assurance, without scrutiny, that all keying material introduced during the chip programming is not already available to the NSA. Thus, not only do the escrow key agents have a decryption capability, the NSA also retains this capability," wrote Ms. Cooper in her rejection of the Clipper chip for NASA.
"Compromise of the NSA keys, such as in the Walker case, could compromise the entire EES [Escrowed Encryption Standard] system," concluded Ms. Cooper.
Despite the public assurances by Al Gore that the Clipper project would require legal authority to monitor subjects, it was clear at the technical level that the chip did not require any authority other than a secret okay from the NSA.
Criminals and Secrets
The secret Clipper project also had another flaw. A corrupt individual led it. In April of 1994, Hubbell resigned from the Justice Department under allegations of fraud.
Even though Hubbell was gone, the access-to-your-computer idea did not die. According to the 1996 report to V.P. Gore by then CIA Director Deutch, Ms. Reno proposed an all out Federal take-over of the computer security industry.
The Justice Department, proposed "legislation that would ... ban the import and domestic manufacture, sale or distribution of encryption that does not have key recovery. Janet Reno and Louis Freeh are deeply concerned about the spread of encryption. Pervasive use of encryption destroys the effectiveness of wiretapping, which supplies much of the evidence used by FBI and Justice. They support tight controls, for domestic use."
If Al Gore had become President, it is certain that the mandatory government phone and computer bug legislation would have become reality along with another term for Louis Freeh as FBI director.
As it is, the follow-on to Clipper authorized by the Freeh led FBI is called Carnivore. Carnivore is simply a system to monitor the keystrokes on a target computer, and it is similar in construction to many virus programs that circulate on the Internet. The Carnivore system is so imperfect that it gathers unneeded, and sometimes, unwarranted information that must be screened out.
OH BUT WAIT DOMESTIC SPYING IS ONLY A REPUBLICAN/CONSERVATIVE IDEA.
AN UPDATED REPORT AND A LITTLE MORE INDEPTH IS HERE ON THIS TOPIC.
Al Gore Led Effort to Tap Every Phone in America
Charles R. Smith
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006
Simply stated, the nexus of the long term problem is how can the government sustain its technical ability to accomplish electronic surveillance in an advanced telecommunications environment," states the TOP SECRET report prepared by Gore's Interagency Working Group.
The documented truth is that America was to be given no choice but to be monitored by Big Brother Al. This awful conclusion is backed by several other documents. One such document released by the Justice Department is a March 1993 memo from Stephen Colgate, Assistant Attorney General for Administration.
According to the Colgate memo, Vice President Al Gore chaired a meeting with Hillary Clinton crony Webster Hubbell, Janet Reno, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and Leon Panetta in March 1993. The topic of the meeting was the "AT&T Telephone Security Device."
According to Colgate, AT&T had developed secure telephones the U.S. government could not tap. The Clinton-Gore administration secretly contracted with AT&T to keep the phones off the market. Colgate's memo noted that the administration was determined to prevent the American public from having private phone conversations.
Al Gore quickly embraced the Clipper chip and the concept of monitoring America at all costs. In 1994, Gore wrote a glowing letter supporting the Clipper chip and the government-approved wiretap design.
"As we have done with the Clipper Chip, future key escrow schemes must contain safeguards to provide for key disclosures only under legal authorization and should have audit procedures to ensure the integrity of the system. We also want to assure users of key escrow encryption products that they will not be subject to unauthorized electronic surveillance," wrote Gore in his July 20, 1994 letter to Representative Maria Cantwell.
However, Gore lied. In 1994, federal officials were keenly aware that the Clipper chip design did not have safeguards against unauthorized surveillance. In fact, NASA turned down the Clipper project because the space agency knew of the flawed design.
In 1993, Benita A. Cooper, NASA Associate Administrator for Management Systems and Facilities, wrote: "There is no way to prevent the NSA from routinely monitoring all [Clipper] encrypted traffic. Moreover, compromise of the NSA keys, such as in the Walker case, could compromise the entire [Clipper] system."
Ms. Cooper referred to Soviet spy John Walker, who is serving life in prison for disclosing U.S. Navy secret codes. In 1993 Ms. Cooper did not know of Clinton Chinagate scandals, the Lippo Group, John Huang or Webster Hubbell, but her prophetic prediction was not so remarkable in retrospect.
Yet, Al Gore pressed ahead, continuing to support a flawed design despite warnings that the design could "compromise" every computer in the U.S.
A 1996 secret memo on a secret meeting of CIA Directer John Deutch, FBI Director Louis Freeh and Attorney General Janet Reno states, "Last summer, the Vice President agreed to explore public acceptance of a key escrow policy but did not rule out other approaches, although none seem viable at this point."
According to the 1996 report to V.P. Gore by then CIA Director Deutch, Reno proposed an all-out federal takeover of the computer security industry. The Justice Department proposed "legislation that would ... ban the import and domestic manufacture, sale or distribution of encryption that does not have key recovery. Janet Reno and Louis Freeh are deeply concerned about the spread of encryption. Pervasive use of encryption destroys the effectiveness of wiretapping, which supplies much of the evidence used by FBI and Justice. They support tight controls, for domestic use."
Share With China, Syria and Pakistan
Declassified documents from the CIA and the U.S. State Department also show that the Clinton-Gore administration considered sharing Clipper code "keys" with foreign powers including China, Syria and Pakistan.
"Are Clipper devices likely to be permitted for importation and use in the host country?" asked a secret 1993 CIA cable addressed to the U.S. embassies in Beijing, Damascus and Islamabad.
"Would the host country demand joint key holding or exclusive rights to Clipper keys for law enforcement or intelligence purposes?"
The secret 1993 CIA cable is one of 69 documents released by the U.S. State Department on the secret Clipper chip project. The documents were forced from the State Department through the Freedom of Information Act.
In addition, the State Department refused to release 12 documents as classified "in the interest of national defense or foreign relations." The documents show that the Clinton-Gore administration considered sharing secret Clipper surveillance keys with China and other hostile powers in order to monitor worldwide communications for "law enforcement" purposes.
Al Gore called the Bush anti-terrorism program "a threat to the very structure of our government." The former vice president's memory of his own threat to American privacy is flawed and filled with lies. I only hope that Gore elects to come clean with documented history. Until then he can fade into the oblivion of a lying, second-rate ex-presidential candidate.
THIS IS JUST SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ARTICALE BUT IT DOES RAISE THE QUESTIONS AGAIN OF WHERE GORE AND CLINTONS LOYALTIES LIE. WHO THEY DEAL WITH , AND WHY DID THEY WANT TO SPY ON AMERICANS.
SEE IT ISN'T A REPUBLICAN OPPRESION THING ... THE DEMS WANTED TO GO FURTHER THEN TRY TO STOP TERRORISTS.