1 January 2014
to pursue technological offenses rather than futile expectation of political,
financial and legal controls of spying which inevitably confirm what spies
do, for it is in their interest to support spying and secrecy to maintain
hegemonic, heirarchial institutions under "the rule of law."
At the origin of cypherpunks there was a crackdown on encryption as a munitions.
That skirmish was thought to have been won. Now Snowden has revealed that
victory was a delusion, the real one-sided battle was fought surreptiously
in secret, not only by contaminating crypto but by development of bypasses,
implants, backdoors, booby traps, ruses, scams, bribes, dual-hatted contracts
Can an openly avowed combat on the technologies of political control (1)
work or will it be demonized, fought by secret underhanded means? Public
debate deployed as a ruse in the 1990s as now.
(1) An Appraisal of the Technologies
of Political Control
This combat is about far more than crypto and coders must be supplemented
with all the disciplines of science and technology which are now serving
industry and the "lawful" hegemons.
30c3 advocated a direct attack on these means, not wait for the public debate
to be rigged in favor of the hegemon with PR, propaganda, lobbying, bribery,
contracts, scare stories, terrifying incidents, the customary dirty fighting
and tricks of spies and "defense" industry.
Is that technological attack on the political, financial, legal hegemon likely
to succeed? Or will the crackdown on armed (technological) dissent become
as violent as it has in the past?
There is a likelihood encryption will be restricted, by fiat, by planting
weaknesses, by covert attacks, by technological bypasses, by rigged failures
to create doubt of effectiveness.
That was the way CryptoAG operation was run. Now the RSA ploy is operative.
Is the effect of Snowden to be a series of ploys and ruses. Worse, hop on
board the paranoia train, is Snowden a disinfo op for leaking gobs of ruses?
A singular feature of hegemons is that they are dominated by "self-regulating
organizations" which set the terms and conditions of the ruling entity, assure
enforcement of the rules, and perpetuate themselves under "self-regulation."
These are successors of royalty which, instead of divine right, backed by
military power, they invoke the "Constitution," a law which distinctively
empowers "lawful" behavior according to the rules of the hegemon.
No wonder the US promotes constitutional government around the planet, backed
by military power, most often by denigrating other forms of government.
A striking parallel is the rise of the clerics in Europe as an alternative
to religious hegemons. From clerics came lawyerly self-regulating hegemons.
A new religion hidden within supremacist judges' black robes.
Enough of lawful self-regulation in secrecy, unpunishable by lawful means.
Justice is out of control, prison populations stuffed, bloated law enforcement
and spies raiding the public till, private spies, cops and mercenaries worse
than the official, or indistinguishable.
Back to the military which backs the hegemons. Technology controls its
effectiveness, thus the need for the hegemons to control manufacture,
distribution, ownership and application of military means. Concentration
of wealth through government regulation, economic and tax policy, and military
supremacy reifies special privileges and exculpations for the enforcers of