14 May 1998: Add mirror of SecureOffice page
Add: Thread on civil disobedience to support SecureOffice

11 May 1998
Thanks to JA, GB and SS

Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 20:42:52 -0700
To: cypherpunks@cyberpass.net
Subject: Subpoena: U.S. Dept of Commerce


From: "Charles Booher" <ctb1@ix.netcom.com>
Date: 07 May 1998 05:30:42 GMT
Subject: Subpoena: U.S. Dept of Commerce

Organization: Sync Systems

	Attn: Charles Booher
	966 Pocatello Avenue
	Sunnyvale, California 94087


At the instance of Randall S. Sike, Special Agent-In-Charge your are
hereby required to appear before Special Agent Monika A. Wasiewicz of
the Office of Export Enforcement, 96 North Third Street, Suite 250, in
the city of San Jose, California 95112, on the 29th day of May, 1998 at
10:30 A.M, of that day to testify in the mater of: Sync Systems
developing, manufacturing and distributing a 168 bit triple DES
encryption software program named SecureOffice
(http://www.filesafety.com) and any other encrypted software between
January 1st, 1997 to present.

And you are hereby required to bring with you and produce at said time
and place the following books, records, and other writings: any and all
original documentary evidence, including but not limited to
correspondence, commercial invoices, shipping documents such as
Shipper's Export Declarations, Shippers Letter of Instructions,
memorandums of phone conversations, notes of meetings or conversation,
e-mail messages, facsimile transmissions, financial papers on
instruments used in payment of above transactions, promissory notes,
and contracts, whether in printed, electronic or magnetic form, for the
activities /transactions noted above.


96 North Third Street, Suite 250
San Jose, California 95112-5572
Telephone (408) 291-4204
Facsimile No. (408) 291-4320

Failure to comply with this subpoena will render you liable to
proceedings in a DISTRICT COURT of the UNITED STATES to compel you to
appear and testify and produce books, records, and other writings, as
set forth herein.

Issued under authority of Section 12 (a) of the Export Administration
Act of 1979, as amended (50 U.S.C. app Sec .2411(a)), Section 203 of
the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C 1702),
Executive Order 12924, date August 19, 1994 and 762.7 of the Export
Administration Regulations (61 Fed. Reg. 12714, March 25, 1996) (to be
codified at 15 C.F.R. 762.7).

Office of Export Enforcement

NOTICE TO WITNESS: If claim is made for witness fee or mileage, this
subpoena should accompany voucher.  Witness fees and mileage shall be paid
by the party at whose instances the witness appears.

14 May 1998
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From: "Mark Rosen" <mrosen@peganet.com>
To: <cryptography@c2.net>
Subject: BXA prosecution
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 22:19:00 -0400

    The BXA is on the prowl again. Charles Booher, who developed his
cryptography application, SecureOffice, in his spare time, has received a
Subopena to appear before the Department of Commerce in late May. Mr. Booher
did not place any restrictions on the export of his software. Anyone,
regardless of their nationality or residence, can currently download
SecureOffice from http://www.filesafety.com/.
    I am writing on behalf of Mr. Booher, who is now working with my
company, Mach5 Software (http://www.mach5.com).
    First, what are your opinions of his case? From what I understand, the
Bernstein case essentially got off on a technicality. Mr. Booher is in
flagrant violation of the export laws; there is no room for such legal
manuvering in this case. I see this as the case that could break open the
crypto floodgates.
    Does anyone from the ACLU subscribe to this list? Mr. Booher is a
professional software programmer, but legal bills can run through the roof.
How would we make a formal request for assistance from the ACLU in this
    Thanks for your help.

- Mark Rosen


From: tkellar@fsp.fsp.com (Thomas Kellar) Subject: Re: SecureOffice To: cryptography@c2.net Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 14:57:15 -0400 (EDT) At the risk of sounding ostentatious, would not civil disobedience be the answer to Charles Booher's problem? I.e., if everyone on this list, or even more, or other lists, had a copy of SecureOffice available on their web server, would not the government have a problem with prosecution?  Hey, I bet you could get lots of Radical right and Left wing web page servers to offer it too???  Don't they mistrust the government as much as most cryptography developers?  At least in the relevant areas. Thomas -- Thomas Kellar   w8twk     Tkellar@fsp.com      http://www.fsp.com     How can I wear the harness of toil, and sweat at the daily round,      While in my soul forever The drums of Pictdom sound? - REHoward
From: "Trei, Peter" <ptrei@securitydynamics.com> To: "'tkellar@fsp.fsp.com'" <tkellar@fsp.fsp.com>, cryptography@c2.net Subject: RE: SecureOffice Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 15:17:24 -0400 Go ahead. Put it on your web page. But read this first. Belling the Cat The mice held a meeting to decide how to sound a warning of the approach of their great enemy, the Cat. Among many plans proposed, the favourite one was the suggestion that a bell be tied to the neck of the Cat. Whenever the Cat approached, the mice would be warned by the sound of the tinkling and run away and hide themselves in their holes. But when the mice tried to decide who would be the one to 'bell the Cat', there was no one willing to do it. Moral: It is easy to propose impossible remedies. --Aesop Peter Trei [Snip Kellar msg]
cryptography@c2.org using -f Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 19:20:07 -0400 To: "Trei, Peter" <ptrei@securitydynamics.com>, <tkellar@fsp.fsp.com>, cryptography@c2.net From: Jay Holovacs <holovacs@idt.net> Subject: RE: SecureOffice No, a better method of civil disobedience would be to get it on as many foreign servers as possible. Jay [Snip Trei msg]
cryptography@c2.org using -f Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 15:49:29 -0400 To: cryptography@c2.net From: Kathleen Ellis <ellis@epic.org> Subject: RE: SecureOffice Cc: "Frank O'Dwyer" <fod@brd.ie> >At 19:20 12/05/98 -0400, you wrote: >>No, a better method of civil disobedience would be to get it on as many >>foreign servers as possible. > >For this to work wouldn't you have to show that the 'foreign' hosts >didn't just download it from the original site? > >Still it could be a good publicity stunt - especially if many U.S. >sites linked to these servers, and it showed up as a hot item >in altavista or whatever. All this talk sounds like a dare to me.  I'm going ahead and putting the damn thing up on my site. http://www.tux.org/~protozoa -K
From: tkellar@fsp.fsp.com (Thomas Kellar) Subject: RE: Secure Office To: cryptography@c2.net Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 16:44:48 -0400 (EDT) Okay, says the mouse. I put it on http://www.fsp.com
Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 17:13:06 -0400 To: Kathleen Ellis <ellis@epic.org> From: John Young <jya@pipeline.com> Subject: RE: SecureOffice Cc: cryptography@c2.net [Snip Ellis msg] Very well. We've put it at ours too:    http://jya.com/bxa-syncsys.htm