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Q. How many endangered bureacrats does it take to screw in a
A1. We're not sure, they prefer to hide in the shadows.
A2. We don't know, we can't find any. Have you seen any?
A3. You only need one, but each only works once because they
invariably manage to electrocute themselves in the process.
A4. You must fill out form KT-398930-0-3893-1z(321.31x*) in
sextuplicate, "Requisition for Light Amplification and
Enhancement Device Facilities and Staff Resources and Efficacy
Data Measures Projections and Speculations." Invisible ink only.
Reply will be shipped on punch cards by carrier pigeon after
brief administrative period. Offer void where prohibited.
Prohibited in this universe.
Q. How many FBI agents does it take to wiretap?
A1. All of them. One to hold the alligator clips and the rest to
convince the Congress and American public "he's just doing his
A2. FBI doesn't actually `wiretap,' a groundless popular myth. They
only participate in wholesome law-enforcement activities at all
A3. Two. One to do the job and one to botch it. Public relations is
automatically handled by a new AI program that endlessly constructs
almost-coherent sentences from keywords like `dead bodies',
`airplane explosion', `innocent children', `drug dealers',
`terrorists', `criminals', `law-abiding public,' `American
A4. B.C. (Before cryptography), several. After, none. (See also
Q. How many NSA agents does it take to spy on U.S. citizens?
A. Sorry, that's classified information.
Q. Why does D. Sternlight favor Clipper technology?
A1. It's the kind of idea he could have come up with himself.
A2. Doesn't like to be bothered by details. That's what the NSA is for.
A3. No unsound idea has ever emanated from the U.S. Government.
A4. Having been to many subversive foreign countries, he recognizes the
necessity of spying on them.
Q. Why is D. Denning promoting Clipper?
A1. Peer pressure (all her friends are doing it).
A2. Wanted to beat the rush.
A3. Looks good on her resume.
A4. Everyone needs a hobby.
A5. Coincidentally got an NSA employee after signing up for the
Adopt an Endangered Bureacrat program.
Q. Why is D. Denning's cryptography book so successful?
A1. It's cornered the lucrative NSA textbook market.
A2. The NSA bureacrats love to shred their reading material, and order
new copies each time they need to look something up (which is
A3. People marvel at the writing by an expert endorsed by the NSA.
A4. NSA afraid someone will read it so they buy all the copies.
Q. Why is the Clinton administration wholeheartedly promoting Clipper?
A1. The neato secret decoder rings handed out at the briefing won
everyone over immediately.
A2. Opportunity for another authoritative and stunning nose-tweaking at
`the previous administration'.
A3. First installment of the fabulous new and comprehensive `Orwell
A4. Anything to get those creepy NSA guys to go away.
Q. Why did the NSA come up with the Clipper chip?
A1. Job security.
A3. Scared silly of `economic espionage' monsters hiding in the closet.
A4. Got bored that day.
A5. Great joke on those Mykotronx bozos.
This is a carbon copy of a message that was sent to 4 different e-mail to
1. to alt.privacy.clipper via cs.utexas.edu via [email protected]
2. to alt.privacy via demon.co.uk via [email protected]
3. to sci.crypt via decwrl.dec.com via [email protected]
4. to misc.legal.computing via news.cs.indiana.edu via
Let's see how they fare....
Ye olde Spooge Meister spooge /spooj/ 1. Inexplicable or arcane code
<[email protected]> or random and probably incorrect output
from a computer program.