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re: SUFFERANCE remailers

Samuel Kaplin writes:

>How about locating it in a recalcitrant country e.g. North Korea, Libya,
>Iraq, Iran.  During the Gulf war scuttlebutt has it that Iraq used encrypted
>communications on the Internet to keep its C3 functions up. (Command,
>Control, Communications) If they can't get at the remailer its pretty hard
>to shut it down.

Breakdown writes:

>Hm, aren't European remailers something "like" Fortress remailers? The
>State surely doesn't require consent for anon.penet.fi or such and no one
>in the US(well I hope no one) knows the physical location of it... And
>you can post just about anything through that one :)....

Hmm.  Unfortunately I think we're missing the point here.  Perhaps a
which exists only so long as *any* government, organization, person(s) does
not decide (for whatever reasons) to shut it down, outlaw it, etc.

Firstly, a remailer which is not directly vunerable to the U.S.'s "gun
argument" may still be vunerable to any other country's gun argument;
information is power, and no State may be trusted to act in our best
interest insofar as information and communication are concerned.

Secondly, sing the *placement* of a remailer in a recalcitrant country as
the only means of defense against U.S. legislation will pretty much insure
that the remailer's general location will, sooner or later, become a
military target; whereas the remailer's location makes it *indirectly*
vunerable to the U.S.'s "gun argument," the very fact that it is accessible
by U.S. citizens makes it *directly* vunerable to the U.S. military
machine.  (Again, this is using on placement as a means of defense against
any U.S. legislation.)

And this brings up point C...

It would not only be necessary to legislate against remailers, but would be
necessary to legislate against *access* to remailers.  This is what I
imagine would happen.

Lastly, Dave Merriman writes:

>into a sealed room with umpteen bajillion other identical links

Umpteen is spelled with an 'h.'  ;)

>>                  SUFFERANCE REMAILERS
>>   Definition of SUFFERANCE REMAILER: A remailer that exists only so
>>long as the U.S. Feds get around to outlawing it.; a sitting duck
>>remailer. ; a remailer whose physical location may easily be found.;
>>a remailer whose operator is vulnerable to the State's gun argument.;
>>currently, the only kind of remailer there is.
>>   Definition of FORTRESS REMAILER: A remailer whose physical location
>>cannot be found. ; a remailer that does not require the consent of
>>the State. ; a Freedom remailer.

Feeling a little Detweiler today....

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