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FLASHBACK: Gore Planned to Bug America
NewsMax ^ | Friday, Nov. 16, 2001 | Charles R. Smith

Posted on 01/16/2006 10:26:32 PM PST by Howlin

Gore Planned to Bug America

Charles R. Smith

Friday, Nov. 16, 2001

Secret documents show Gore rejected 'due process.'

During the 2000 presidential elections, Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet. Gore's dubious claim of techno-savvy came within days of his admission that he managed to delete all of his e-mail concerning meetings with large DNC money donors.

Yet recently declassified secret documents show that Al Gore did help invent new ways to violate the privacy of every U.S. citizen using the Internet. The secret documents, obtained from the U.S. State Department through the Freedom of Information Act, show that Gore rejected "due process" in an effort to force America to give up the Fourth Amendment.

The Gore-led effort included classified memos describing ways to obtain access to all private computer information using "key escrow," or key recovery. The key escrow system was designed to force U.S. citizens to give computer code keys in order to meet required "law enforcement and intelligence" access.

In 1996, Gore proposed the legislation in order to restrict the use of "encryption," a technique of scrambling private information on personal computers with secret code keys.

According to a secret 1996 paper, "in August 1995, Vice President Gore approved a decision memo to introduce 'soft' legislation to regulate key escrowers."

The official reason for the Gore proposal was to stop criminals and terrorists from using advanced scrambling technology and preventing legal wiretaps. However, the secret documents show that Gore knew that it was impossible to stop criminals from scrambling their information.

"Drug distributors, organized crime and terrorists are beginning to acquire and use strong encryption. While U.S. policy can only have limited impact on such use, the urgency of supporting general use of escrowed products is increasing," states a secret 1996 document.

Prime targets for key escrow monitoring would be honest citizens, foreign governments, banks, corporations and dissidents unpopular with the then Clinton administration. The escrow keys were to be held by "key recovery agents" licensed by the Commerce Department under Secretary Ron Brown.

According to the 1996 report to V.P. Gore by CIA Director Deutch, the Justice Department proposed an all-out federal takeover of the computer 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."

After 9/11

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, former FBI Director Louis Freeh suggested that domestic encryption software should be banned so that law enforcement could monitor all e-mail. Privacy and information security specialists contend that such a drastic restriction would simply deny legal users the tools to defend critical information from terrorist attacks.

Yet in 1996, the Clinton-Gore administration predicted that a future terrorist attack would lead to calls for a ban on domestic scrambling technology.

"Notorious criminal acts could have the effect of forcing Congress' hand, to pass 'hard' legislation restricting domestic use of encryption," warned the 1996 secret document.

Ironically, the secret papers drawn up for the Clinton-Gore team were a product of FBI Director Freeh, the same ex-director of the FBI calling for a ban on legal domestic encryption today.

Still, one cannot always take the word of former director Freeh as the best advice. The same Director Freeh also ignored Chinese generals roaming in and out of the White House and appointed a top KGB agent to be his counterintelligence director in New York.

Yet, the secret FBI documents approved by Al Gore clearly show the previous administration skipped whole sections of law in an overzealous attempt at absolute power.

"Without an effective 'voluntary' policy, encouraging the use of key escrow encryption, it will only be a matter of time before crime brings the issue up. If we wait for refined international agreements and due process, key escrow will not get off the ground soon, if ever," concluded the secret document.

Oppression, Not Law Enforcement

"Can Key Recovery be used against dissidents and political opponents?" questioned Adm. William McConnell, the former National Security Agency (NSA) director under Presidents Bush Sr. and Clinton.

"In a word, YES," noted McConnell flatly.

Privacy advocates were shocked when they discovered that the former director of the NSA agreed with their analysis of the Gore idea to monitor America.

The director of the NSA may have greeted the Clinton/Gore-led key escrow project with dismay, but it was welcomed inside U.S. corporate boardrooms.

The newly declassified documents note that the CEOs of large U.S. computer firms gave their support to the Clinton-Gore proposals. The Computer Systems Policy Project, or CSPP, a lobby group composed of the largest U.S. computer makers, supported the idea as long as it did not interfere with profits and export sales. CSPP members include the CEOs of IBM, Apple, Silicon Graphics and AT&T.

According to a secret 1996 document, the CSPP agreed with the Gore proposal as long it would "protect the market share of U.S. encryption producers, as much as possible."

In return for their support, the corporate CEOs managed to obtain secret briefings inside the Clinton White House, starting in 1995. The secret meetings included detailed information about supercomputer and encryption exports.

Just by coincidence, the CSPP lobby group was led to these secret Clinton White House briefings by Ken Kay, an employee of Tony Podesta, the brother of then-Clinton adviser John Podesta.

Further documents show that John Podesta was also in charge of encryption export policy at that time for the White House. Immediately after the secret briefings in 1995, Podesta left the Clinton White House and went to work for his brother Tony.

When confronted by questions about possible conflicts of interest, attorney C. Boyden Gray and White House counsel Michael B. Waitzkin both denied that John and Tony Podesta engaged in any sort of dirty dealings.

In fact, the White House counsel noted that John Podesta had obtained a waiver from Clinton lawyers in 1997 for the activities that took place in 1995.

Please note that John Podesta obtained that Clinton waiver two years after the closed meetings were held inside the White House. Usually, a legal waiver is given before any conflict of interest takes place, not after. By definition, a legal waiver given after the fact should be called a pardon. Still, the waiver came from the same president who argued with a federal judge over the definition of 'is'.

Leadership 101

Are you surprised that the U.S. computer CEOs of IBM, Apple, Silicon Graphics and AT&T supported Al Gore and his crazy idea to bug America? The fact is that big business is not interested in civil rights or the Constitution, especially when it gets in the way of profits.

Yet the current Bush administration did not introduce a ban on encryption technology in the recent anti-terrorist legislation.

Why does President Bush want encryption to stay legal for all Americans? Perhaps George W. wishes to avoid the mess that Al Gore stepped in. Maybe, but I think not. I am certain that President Bush could teach some U.S. history to Al Gore along with how to be a leader.

After all, our nation started with a coded message when a lone rider looked anxiously toward a church tower: "One if by land, two if by sea ..."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: algore; clipperchip; email; gore; spying

1 posted on 01/16/2006 10:26:34 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Bump.


2 posted on 01/16/2006 10:26:51 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin

As I recall, Algore drank a lot of iced tea that day. He was in the bathroom at the time, so he really isn't responsible. NO CONTROLLING LEGAL AUTHORITY!!! NO CONTROLLING LEGAL AUTHORITY!!!


3 posted on 01/16/2006 10:28:28 PM PST by Hoodat ( Silly Dems)
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To: Howlin

He bugs me.


4 posted on 01/16/2006 10:29:33 PM PST by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: Howlin
Gore bugs me every time I hear him speak.
5 posted on 01/16/2006 10:30:21 PM PST by scott says (MSM=Morons Spouting Misinformation)
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To: Howlin

Of course, letting a liberal read this means nothing; they've long mastered the technique of going 'So? What about BUSH?!?' It doesn't matter who did what before hand, if Bush does it now, it is evil.

Lemmings have got to get around to teaching these liberals a bit of survival techniques.


6 posted on 01/16/2006 10:35:27 PM PST by kingu
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To: Hoodat


Gore never got over the fact he's a loser. I recommend Dr. Phil therapy with a follow up appearance on OOpah.


7 posted on 01/16/2006 10:35:38 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Westlander
I recommend Jack Kevorkian :-)
8 posted on 01/16/2006 10:38:00 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Howlin

Please, oh please, let ALGORE win the Rats nomination in 2008 .


9 posted on 01/16/2006 10:48:39 PM PST by bybybill (GOD help us if the Rats win)
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To: Howlin

Great find on Gore.

Obviously he's a hypocrite.

He's also unbalanced - I think he needs professional help.

So do the rest of the MoveOn gang . . .


10 posted on 01/16/2006 11:03:28 PM PST by cvq3842
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To: Howlin

Gore is a bug..


11 posted on 01/16/2006 11:08:29 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: cvq3842
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12 posted on 01/16/2006 11:13:33 PM PST by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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To: Howlin
Gore Planned to Bug America

He sured bugged me.

13 posted on 01/16/2006 11:17:58 PM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Howlin

With his LISP, I would think that Gore wanted to BUGGER America!


14 posted on 01/16/2006 11:18:24 PM PST by Clemenza (Smartest words ever written by a Communist: "Show me the way to the next Whiskey Bar")
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To: Howlin

But .. Gore had no problem with Clinton "bugging" Aldrich Ames - a US Citizen - without congressional approval.

Gore is a dunce!


15 posted on 01/16/2006 11:32:38 PM PST by The Final Harvest ( I believe Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: Howlin

"Spotted Al is a hypocrite." Guck4


16 posted on 01/16/2006 11:33:15 PM PST by punster
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To: Howlin

bttt


17 posted on 01/16/2006 11:33:34 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Howlin

He still bugs America.


18 posted on 01/16/2006 11:34:09 PM PST by drlevy88
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Article is dated Friday, Nov. 16, 2001

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

19 posted on 01/16/2006 11:37:23 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: Old Seadog

LOL!


20 posted on 01/16/2006 11:42:47 PM PST by cvq3842
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To: cvq3842
algore is very concerned about the rights of mooselimbs.

From his "speech"

At the same time, the Executive Branch has claimed a previously unrecognized authority to mistreat prisoners in its custody in ways that plainly constitute torture in a pattern that has now been documented in U.S. facilities located in several countries around the world.

Over 100 of these captives have reportedly died while being tortured by Executive Branch interrogators and many more have been broken and humiliated. In the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, investigators who documented the pattern of torture estimated that more than 90 percent of the victims were innocent of any charges.

Bush has his own "interrogators" now, who are killing, breaking, and humiliating poor sand monkeys.

Boo hoo hoo algore.

21 posted on 01/16/2006 11:54:31 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Howlin; All
An idea to Gore's action(s).

Could any of you good folks post a clever 3/4 shit picture of Al Gore standing in front of the United States Constitution, with Gore wielding a double edged sword slashing our Constitution?

I know, I might be a little radical in this approach; however I truly believe that Gore is a mad man; as are his cohorts: Kerry, Slick Clinton, Dean, McCauliff, Schumer, Feinstein, The Beast, Feingold, McCain, and the rest of these people who HATE our country.

If I were Jim Rob, I would run a contest for the best satirical post of the person who presented the best representative camera/photoshopped parody of what the Democrat party represents. I'm certain that a clever visual perspective of this would end up on Rush's site.

22 posted on 01/17/2006 12:22:51 AM PST by Cobra64
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To: Howlin
"The Gore-led effort included classified memos describing ways to obtain access to all private computer information using "key escrow," or key recovery. The key escrow system was designed to force U.S. citizens to give computer code keys in order to meet required "law enforcement and intelligence" access."

I suspect this tactic is setting up the mode of operation that will be employed by the Democratic Socialists whenever they get into power. They will be more ruthless with our freedoms than we could ever imagine. All the while they will claim that the Republicans, when they were in power, were doing the same thing. In actuality, the DemonRATs want to use their surveillance on citizens for political advantage and blackmail. The Bush Administration is using its intelligence for the protection of the Nation against its enemies. This is not the same thing and the DemonRATs are counting on the failure of the American Public from seeing that distinction.

23 posted on 01/17/2006 12:44:45 AM PST by jonrick46
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To: Howlin

GREAT find.


24 posted on 01/17/2006 4:14:59 AM PST by kitkat (Democrat/Socialist/Communist.= Hillary the RED)
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Here are my thoughts on the subject.

This article I'm reading is an excellent one which exposes the hypocrisy of this buffoon regarding civil liberties.

I can tell you that had Gore become President, I and about several hundred million other people would either be in a prision cell or in a mental health facility because of my opposition to his enormously harmful social and political agenda.

This buffoon is part of the very same administration that wanted to put a trojan horse in people's computers so that they could spy on their political enemies. These very same people also wanted to conduct surveillences on anyone they considered their political enemy.

This administration engaged in what Gary Aldrich reffered to as self'serving parinoria. We people (Conservatives, christians and Republicians) were the ones they wanted to go after to see if we were going to bring a truck to the White house.

It is this misguided plan of spyiing that allowed the real terrorists, Al-Queda and such to plan for the 9-11 attacks which resulted in over 300 lives.

Maybe Al Gore and his minions can explain to me and the rest of us Americians how it is legal for his administration to spy on his party crticis and adversaries wiht nonsense like Carnivore and FBI but somehow it's not legal for President Bush to spy on the rea terrorists, Al-Queada, Osama Bin Laden and Saddam. Is there something Gore and his minions are hiding that they don't want us to know about.

The Democrats have absolutely no plan whatsoever for keeping America safe from these terrorist group and clearly do not have the best interest of this country in their minds. Their only interest is to reacquire power and cleanse this nation of anything and everything christian and conservative.

We can't allow these people to reacquire power because if we do, people like myself will most certainly be in peril and it will not be very pretty.
Regards........

25 posted on 01/17/2006 4:20:21 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: Howlin

FLASHBACK: No controlling legal authority during the Clinton Administration.


26 posted on 01/17/2006 5:04:20 AM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: Howlin
Good job as always, Newsmax!

Truth is, however, this one is so very, very easy.

I have TWO WORDS that expose the ENTIRE DNC'S hypocrisy on this:

CRAIG LIVINGSTONE

Isn't it high time we break bad over file-gate?

While Bush spies on terrorists to protect innocent people, the DNC spied on political enemies to protect their vile party.

27 posted on 01/17/2006 6:05:15 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Imeach Bush, says Gore? What about CRAIG LIVINGSTONE? FILE GATE?)
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To: E.G.C.

BTTT


28 posted on 01/17/2006 6:06:26 AM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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To: Mia T; All

http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1997/gen/resources/fbi.files/

[CNN]

FBI Files Fiasco

After congressional Republicans discovered that the Clinton personnel security office improperly collected some 700 background FBI files of Republicans ... many in Washington thought the Clinton White House faced its most serious ethical crisis yet...revelations that security office head Craig Livingstone was not a security professional, but a political operative, a one-time advance guy, a former bouncer who had spent a large part of his 37 years working on political campaigns... Or was it an "honest bureaucratic snafu," as President Bill Clinton explained, a position most congressional Democrats echoed? [snip]

...

http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1996/news/9607/25/livingstone.hrc/index.shtml

Documents Suggest Hillary Knew Craig Livingstone

CNN

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, July 25) -- Though she's denied any involvement with hiring Craig Livingstone, some FBI documents suggest Hillary Clinton helped the former security office head get White House clearance, a congressman charged.

House Government Reform and Oversight Chairman William Clinger (R-Penn.) took to the House floor, saying newly obtained FBI notes from 1993 show then-White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum telling an agent that Mrs. Clinton knew and could vouch for Livingstone, who was undergoing a background check.

Clinger read from the notes of agent Dennis Sculimbrene that Livingstone "came highly recommended to him by Hillary Clinton, who has known his mother for quite some time."

[snip]

[Nussbaum denied it, but Newsmax blows away the convict Lawyer's feeble denial....]

http://www.newsmax.com/articles/?a=2000/3/26/163951

Livingstone, Hillary Photos Released

Newsmax

Washington, D.C. - Judicial Watch, a public interest law firm, has obtained, through court process in its $90 million Filegate lawsuit, exclusive photos of Craig Livingstone with Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Janet Reno and other top dignitaries.

The photos of Livingstone with Mrs. Clinton prove, contrary to her denials, that she knew and worked closely with Livingstone. [snip]


29 posted on 01/17/2006 6:21:29 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Imeach Bush, says Gore? What about CRAIG LIVINGSTONE? FILE GATE?)
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To: Howlin

Gore has the shortest personal memory on record.


30 posted on 01/17/2006 6:26:18 AM PST by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: Howlin

Gore is just unbalanced and dangerous.


31 posted on 01/17/2006 6:33:12 AM PST by right right
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To: Howlin

Thanks for posting this.

Al Goron is an insane loser. I get nightmares even thinking about him being our president. All American survivors would be speaking ChiCom or Farsi by now. Most of us would be dead if Gore had been our president the past 5 years.


32 posted on 01/17/2006 7:01:27 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The NY Slimes has been committing treason and sedition for decades.)
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To: Howlin

Don't forget he was gonna censor us, too! Anybody remember the V-chip?


33 posted on 01/17/2006 7:13:00 AM PST by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: Howlin

Thanks, Howlin, for this timely post. Amazing, isn't it? These idiots forget that they haven't dumbed enough of us down yet and we can still keep track of what they said and did. Rubbing it in their faces is the best...


34 posted on 01/17/2006 7:17:39 AM PST by demkicker
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To: Howlin

Gore is such a bleeping hypocrite


35 posted on 01/17/2006 7:34:52 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

36 posted on 01/17/2006 8:14:07 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Cobra64

Heh-heh. What size picture was it that you wanted?


37 posted on 01/17/2006 8:20:46 AM PST by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: Howlin

Excellent find. Archives are the Democrats' worst enemy.


38 posted on 01/17/2006 8:21:38 AM PST by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March
While Bush spies on terrorists to protect innocent people, the DNC spied on political enemies to protect their vile party.

These "facts" need to be reported by every MSM outlet with the same intensity of the NYT releasing all the past three or four SECRETS. I want accountability in the news industry, and I want Congress to force them to be truthful or make them put up a disclaimer to the effect "This is an opinion piece and should not be confused with news".

39 posted on 01/17/2006 2:14:09 PM PST by p23185 (Why isn't attempting to take down a sitting Pres & his Admin considered Sedition?)
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To: Howlin

During the 2000 presidential elections, Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet. Gore's dubious claim of techno-savvy came within days of his admission that he managed to delete all of his e-mail concerning meetings with large DNC money donors.

___________________________________________

Wait a minute, are you telling me Al Gore DIDN'T invent the internet???!!!! Oh my gosh, I feel the universe ripping apart, the space-time continium being turned upside down!!!!!!!!!! SOMEONE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!


40 posted on 01/18/2006 1:48:58 PM PST by confederate_infidel (Tunafish: tastes like CHOCOLATE!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!)
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To: Howlin

bump


41 posted on 01/20/2006 12:06:13 AM PST by VOA
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