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05/03/94 Digital Telephony / Clipper House hearings
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- Subject: 05/03/94 Digital Telephony / Clipper House hearings
- From: steven cherry <[email protected]>
- Date: Sun, 1 May 1994 20:53:18 -0400 (EDT)
- Cc: vtw management list <[email protected]>
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Voters Telecomm Watch (VTW)
Legislative Action Alert
5/3/94 House Clipper/Digital Telephony hearings being held
HERE'S WHERE TO CALL TO VOICE YOUR OPINION
On May 3rd there will be hearings on Digital Telephony. This is the
bill proposed by the FBI which would mandate wiretapping equipment
be built into all communications devices. The FBI has done little
to assure the public that the scheme will not be:
-prone to abuse because of a lack of safeguards, and
-secure from malicious eavesdroppers
And yet, without this proof, they are asking us to allow them to pass
a law which would mandate building these wiretaps into every piece
of communication equipment. Our privacy is too precious to be
entrusted to bureaucrats who don't feel the need to answer to us.
The House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee on Technology,
Environment, and Aviation will hold a hearing to address both
the Clipper and Digital Telephony issues.
If you see your representative below in the list, call them and
tell them you oppose the Clipper chip and Digital Telephony as
being a danger to your privacy.
If you don't know who your representative is, or if you don't see
them on the list, call in your comments to the House subcommittee
(202) 225-8115 (voice)
(202) 225-7815 (fax)
[If you live in any of the states below, please try to call your
Representative. Otherwise, the number above will be fine.]
House Science, Space, & Technology subcommittee on
Technology, Environment, and Aviation
(Rep. Tim Valentine, Chairman)
Dist ST Name, Address, and Party Phone Fax
==== == ======================== ============== ==============
2 NC Valentine, Tim (D) 1-202-225-4531 1-202-225-1539
4 KS Glickman, Daniel (D) 1-202-225-6216 na
12 TX Geren, Peter (D) 1-202-225-5071 1-202-225-2786
3 IN Roemer, Timothy (D) 1-202-225-3915 1-202-225-6798
2 NH Swett, Richard N. (D) 1-202-225-5206 na
8 NJ Klein, Herbert C. (D) 1-202-225-5751 na
15 PA McHale, Paul (D) 1-202-225-6411 1-202-225-5320
36 CA Harman, Jane (D) 1-202-225-8220 na
10 GA Johnson, Don (D) 1-202-225-4101 1-202-226-1466
1 AZ Coppersmith, Sam* (D) 1-202-225-2635 1-202-225-2607
14 CA Eshoo, Anna G. (D) 1-202-225-8104 na
4 WA Inslee, Jay (D) 1-202-225-5816 1-202-226-1137
30 TX Johnson, Eddie Bernice (D) 1-202-225-8885 na
2 MN Minge, David (D) 1-202-225-2331 na
9 GA Deal, Nathan (D) 1-202-225-5211 1-202-225-8272
30 CA Becerra, Xavier (D) 1-202-225-6235 1-202-225-2202
9 NJ Torricelli, Robert (D) 1-202-224-5061 1-202-225-0843
15 FL Bacchus, James (D) 1-202-225-3671 1-202-225-9039
5 MI Barcia, James A. (D) 1-202-225-8171 1-202-225-2168
40 CA Lewis, Jerry (R) 1-202-225-5861 1-202-225-6498
8 MD Morella, Constance (R) 1-202-225-5341 1-202-225-1389
43 CA Calvert, Ken (R) 1-202-225-1986 na
7 MI Smith, Nick (R) 1-202-225-6276 na
6 MN Grams, Rod (R) 1-202-225-2271 1-202-225-9802
4 GA Linder, John (R) 1-202-225-4272 na
3 MA Blute, Peter I. (R) 1-202-225-6101 1-202-225-2217
6 MD Bartlett, Roscoe G. (R) 1-202-225-2721 na
45 CA Rohrabacher, Dana (R) 1-202-225-2415 1-202-225-7067
12 NJ Zimmer, Richard A. (R) 1-202-225-5801 1-202-225-9181
10 OH Hoke, Martin R. (R) 1-202-225-5871 1-202-226-0994
39 CA Royce, Ed (R) 1-202-225-4111 na
Faxes and phone calls tend to be brief chances at communication.
Here is a sample, concise one that may give you ideas for your own.
SAMPLE LETTER OR PHONE CALL
The Honorable Representative ____________
I understand you will be attending the hearings on the Clipper chip
and the FBI's Digital Telephony bill.
I wanted to express my concern about the use of the Clipper chip
in personal communications. The Clipper chip would mandate a
privacy standard that is prone to significant abuse.
Unlike most recent work in cryptography, the academic work surrounding
the chip has been kept from the public, developed in secret.
Decent cryptography exists today to protect my communications.
The Clipper chip threatens my ability to use that technology.
The Digital Telephony bill would mandate wiretaps be built into
almost all communications equipment. Furthermore, it would arrange
for "call setup" information (about who I call, and for how long) to
be sent to the FBI over their networks.
The potential for abuse of such a tool is great, while the ability
to have it abused is even greater. Please oppose the Digital
Telephony bill, as it does little to protect citizens from abuse
of this technology once in the hands of computer intruders and
corrupt law enforcement officials.
Please oppose the Clipper chip and the Digital Telephony bill,
For more information about the VTW (Voters Telecomm Watch), write to
[email protected] We are in no way affiliated with Panix Public Access.