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Re: How NSA access was built into Windows

On Wednesday 17 January 2007 01:43, Rick Sewill wrote:
>On Wed, 2007-01-17 at 00:01 -0500, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> On Tuesday 16 January 2007 10:43, Rick Sewill wrote:
>> [...]
>> >I apologize if people think this discussion is appropriate on this
>> > list. I do not.  No fruitful information is being added to this
>> > discussion. This discussion seems to have a life of its own, and
>> > does not go away.
>> I'm sorry too Rick, but you are asking us to do the equ of taking our
>> problem on down the hall to the janitors closet.
>Having this discussion on the Fedora list IS taking the problem down the
>hall to the janitors closet, or the water cooler.
>Get it widely distributed.  Go to slashdot.  Wait...that's not enough.
>Slashdot is for techies.  Slashdot is a bigger janitors closet.
Good logic.  I'm a contrib to /. and I tend to forget that the other 99.9% 
of the planet goes huh? when /. is mentioned.

>Get the attention of people who can make a difference.
>Get involved in the political process.
>You blame the Republicans for being opposed to Net Neutrality and being
>in favor of surveillance at the cost of your personal privacy, and for
>what the NSA is doing, become a Democrat.

I'd make a better libertarian.

>http://www.democrats.org has a daily open thread where people can vent.

That got me on moveon's list, and frankly they are quite a bit too radical 
for my taste.

>Start venting where it will do some good.
>The following is a URL for the Tuesday Open Thread:
>Fill the Open Threads up with your concerns.  Let the politicians know.

As if they actually read this stuff?  They got staffers maybe, but still 
think the internet is some tube or something, they *think* they don't 
have the time to fool with all this technological stuffs.

>You think the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans.  Get involved.
>I think the Democrats can be changed.  Not sure about the Republicans.

Maybe they can, but first we'll have clean both house and senate, re-elect 
no incumbents.

>Finally, put your money where your mouth is.
>Like it or not, money counts as much as votes.
>Be persistent.  Organize.  Grass roots can sometimes trump money.
>Don't tell me I don't care.  Tell me instead, how you are being helpful.
>Tell me instead, what you have done and are going to do that helps.
>Make a list of action items.  Get volunteers to work on your list.
>Maybe your list will look something like this:
>1) Find out if Selinux contains a NSA backdoor.
>   People on this list are software engineers.
>   People in a selinux mailing list are too, and know the code better.
>2) Find out if the chips from Intel or AMD have a NSA backdoor,
>   if you can.  Maybe you cannot without running afoul of laws.
>   That is where you need political muscle, in Washington,
>   to have a very legal investigation into this question.

The problems with that have far more to do with finding someone to testify 
in front of these technological ducking fummies who does not in their 
view, have a dog in this fight.  WE know who Brian Kernigan or Dennis 
Ritchie are, but they don't.  Because they are who they are, these 
dummies would most certainly consider that they DO have a dog in this 

>3) Find out if the box makers are putting a special chip on their boards
>   that give the NSA a backdoor, if you can.  Same caution about running
>   afoul of laws.  Legal investigations can do what vigilantes cannot.

>4) find a means to get your point across.
>   Influence the Democratic or Republican political party.
>   Personally, I think the Democrats are easier to influence,
>   but that is my choice, and maybe I am wrong.
>> Normal folks don't normally consider stuff like this in detail,
>> particularly of the sort some of the links provided in this thread
>> (thank you very much, providers.  Some of those are real eye openers).
>> However, sweeping it under the rug by folks like us is exactly how we
>> have managed to get into this pickle in the first place.  The problems
>> or paranoia we have been discussing this past few days really do need
>> airing, if for no other reason than to give the more one track minded
>> people a clue that there really is a concern, and that this concern
>> should be dealt with by the masses (read that as us, and any neighbors
>> you can rope into the cause too) in sufficient numbers that we end up
>> getting the perps attention.   Isolating it to a list whose sole focus
>> is related to this particular subject will not very often tilt the
>> scales of justice back toward the center.  There just aren't enough
>> numbers to be any great concern to TPTB.  Put it on a major list and
>> we might be able to get the apathy you seem to want to represent off
>> of dead center if we all push or pull in the same direction.
>Normal folks are not on the Fedora mailing list.
>In the grand scheme of things, the Fedora list is a water cooler list.
>We are here to learn about Fedora.  We are here to get help on Fedora.
>To us, the Fedora list is important.  Is it important outside Fedora?
>This discussion is going to go nowhere.  The audience is too small.
>The audience is devoted to Fedora, a segment of the Linux community.
>Hopefully, in time, more people will use Linux...if we are nice to all
>the newbies and are patient with their questions.  At this moment, the
>Linux community is still small, little more than a big janitors closet.
>To see you waste yourself in this discussion, not having a plan,
>not finding out the facts, not having volunteers to do the grunt work,
>not voicing your concerns in the political blogs where it might do some
>good...enough of my rant.
>To imply I don't care is as far from the truth as you can imagine.
>I can't compete with the rich and powerful.
>My only strength is strength in numbers with others who believe as I do.
Ditto.  And the direct responses I have received from the democrats who 
supposedly represent me have indicated that they were proud to have voted 
yea on some piece I was strongly urging a no vote on.  The 9/11 mentality 
in Washington is all pervasive.

>I have to expend my limited, paltry resources wisely.
>This discussion, on this mailing list, is not a wise use of resources.
>If you have the money, go mainstream.  Get facts on television or in
>some newspapers which have large circulations.
>Those who do not live in the United States have a role too.
>You can use facts to influence your politicians.
>Maybe your politicians can apply pressure to the United States.
>Don't you see the important steps?
>1) get facts...why do you need facts?
>   Normal people won't believe there is a problem; they like security.
>   Normal people will believe you represent some fringe opinion.
>   You need facts to get an investigation going to get more facts.
>   You need political muscle.
>2) find a way to use the facts to fix the problem
>   Guess what...to fix the problem, you again need political muscle.
>Once again,
>Where is your list of action items?
>Who are the volunteers who are going to do each action item?
>Create a mailing list where you and the volunteers can plan and act.

An even smaller closet...

>I could easily delete all "How NSA Access..." messages.
>It is much harder watching you waste your energy floundering around,
>knowing you will eventually give up and go back to your quiet life,
>without having a plan and volunteers...without doing any good.
>Don't you see why this mailing list is not the appropriate venue?

Not really. I didn't start by asking that first question, but since it was 
asked, and as a US citizen I DO have a dog in this fight, and since it 
will indirectly effect both the popularity of FOSS and just as 
importantly, its usefullness, I will contribute to the discussion.  If, 
as a result of something I might write, I can change how somebody votes 
on super tuesday, then I will have accomplished some change for the 

OTOH, this seems to be getting acrimonious, which may have the opposite 
effect and catalog me as just another old fool, so we had best let it 
peter out now.
Cheers, Gene
"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty:
 soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."
-Ed Howdershelt (Author)
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