2.10.1. "Does the NSA monitor this list?" - Probably. We've been visible enough, and there are many avenues for monitoring or even subscribing to the List. Many aliases, many points of presence. - some concerns that Cypherpunks list has been infiltrated and is a "round up list" - There have even been anonymous messages purporting to name likely CIA, DIA, and NSA spooks. ("Be aware.") - Remember, the list of subscribers is _not_ a secret--it can be gotten by sending a "who cypherpunks" message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone in the world can do this. 2.10.2. "Is this list illegal?" - Depends on the country. In the U.S., there are very strong protections against "prior restraint" for published material, so the list is fairly well -protected....shutting it down would create a First Amendment case of major importance. Which is unlikely. Conspiracy and sedition laws are more complex to analyze; there are no indications that material here or on the list is illegal. - Advocacy of illegal acts (subversion of export laws, espionage, etc.) is generally legal. Even advocating the overthrow of the government. - The situation in other countries is different. Some countries ban unapproved encryption, so this list is suspect. - Practically speaking, anyone reading this list is probably in a place which either makes no attempt to control encryption or is unable to monitor what crosses its borders. 2.10.3. "Can keystrokes really be monitored remotely? How likely is this?" - Yes. Van Eck, RF, monitors, easy (it is claimed) to build this - How likely? Depends on who you are. Ames, the KGB spy, was probably monitored near the end, but I doubt many of us are. The costs are simply too high...the vans outside, the personnel needed, etc. - the real hazards involve making it "easy" and "almost automatic" for such monitoring, such as with Clipper and EES. Then they essentially just flip a switch and the monitoring happens...no muss, no fuss. 2.10.4. "Wouldn't some crimes be stopped if the government could monitor what it wanted to?" - Sure. This is an old story. Some criminals would be caught if their diaries could be examined. Television cameras in all homes would reduce crimes of .... (Are you listening, Winston?). - Orwell, fascism, surveillance states, what have you got to hide, etc.
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