QOTD: Bobby Inman on government cryptographic restrictions
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 93 13:35:49 PST
Subject: QOTD: Bobby Inman on government cryptographic restrictions
From: vangogh.CS.Berkeley.EDU!bostic (Keith Bostic)
Society has recognized over time that certain kinds of scientific inquiry
can endanger society as a whole and has applied either directly, or through
scientific/ethical constraints, restrictions on the kind and amount of
research that can be done in those areas.
-- Adm. Bobby R. Inman in a February, 1982 article for _Aviation
Week and Space Technology_ on why cryptographic research
should be limited to government scientists. Full text of this
article is available for anonymous ftp from ftp.eff.org as
To paraphrase The Guardian, America is a funny place -- people
can build neutron bombs, but they can't encrypt their email.
© 1993 Peter Langston