6 April 1996

Date: Mon, 06 Apr 98 09:10:46 PDT
From: "Willis H. Ware" <willis@rand.org>
Subject: MCs to the PRES

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Subject: MCs to the PRES
Reply-To: willis@rand.org
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 98 09:10:46 PDT
From: "Willis H. Ware" <willis@conrad.rand.org>

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From: "(--Todd Lappin-->)" <telstar@wired.com>
Subject: Congressional letter to Clinton re crypto...

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Associate Editor
WIRED Magazine

                      [Congressional Letterhead]

                               April 2, 1998

The President
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

     We strongly support legislation that would substantially
reform the Administration's export restrictions on American-made
encryption products.

     We understand from Vice President Gore's recent letter to
Senator Daschle, however, that the Administration prefers to make
progress on the difficult issues raised by encryption through an
intensive dialogue with industry rather than through legislation.
We further understand that industry members have met with
Administration staff on a preliminary basis to explore the
framework for such Administration/industry discussions.

     We hope such an approach will succeed, but we are convinced
that it will succeed only if all of the Administration agencies
involved in those discussions -- when considering the effect of
the increasingly widespread use of encryption products on
legitimate law enforcement and national security interests -- are
realistic about global and technical realities.

     Two developments in only the last two weeks illustrate the
futility in banning encryption's export or use.  Network
Associates, the nation's largest independent maker of computer
security software, has announced that its Dutch subsidiary will
sell an international version of its strongest encryption
program.  In addition, an MIT scientist, Ronald Rivest, has just
proposed a new technique for securing computer files and
communications, called "chaffing and winnowing," which doesn't
involve encryption at all.

     The point is that the Administration can hardly control the
proliferation or direction of technology in the digital age.
Consequently, the discussions with industry will succeed only if
the Administration commits itself in these discussions to a major
overhaul of its current export policies and to policies that do
not mandate or compel domestic controls on encryption.   Rather,
government should recognize that in the coming decades the
protection of our nation's critical infrastructure and national
security interests demand foremost that American industry retain
its global leadership in the digital arena.  A strong domestic
high-tech industry -- in cooperation with national security
agencies and law enforcement officials which have been granted
sufficient resources by our government for meeting the challenges
of the digital age -- is the foremost priority for ensuring
American security and global leadership in the Information Age.

     We sincerely hope that progress can be made during the next
several weeks.  If not, we will continue to believe that the
legislative process can best develop the reforms needed in this




Richard A. Gephardt, M.C.
Zoe Lofgren, M.C.
Vic Fazio, M.C.
Martin Frost, M.C.
Sam Gejdenson, M.C.
John Conyers, Jr., M.C.
Edward J. Markey, M.C.
Anna G. Eshoo, M.C.
Rick Boucher, M.C.
Calvin M. Dooley, M.C.
James P. Moran, M.C.
Adam Smith, M.C.


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