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The WSJ and Financial Times report today on The New
Transatlantic Agenda, the trade and security pact signed by
the US and Europe yesterday to "boost cooperation."
[WSJ] The accord's center piece commits the parties to
working together on 150 specific policy areas, including
cutting trade barriers, strengthening cooperation in
nuclear nonprofliferation and fighting international
"There are mixed urges in Europe right now," says Kirsty
Hughes, head of the European program at the Royal
Institute for International Affairs in London. "On one
hand, the nations of Europe want to keep the U.S.
involved in European affairs, and on the other, they
want to develop their own economic, political and
Then, the Fin Times piece, headlined "Clinton and EU
leaders agree on crime," reports on a variety of issues but
mentions only in passing the phrase "crime, drugs and
This treatment suggests that there is more boosting of
security and crime-fighting cooperation than the press is
reporting -- or privy to.
Recall recent reports on:
A World Trade Organization cyberspace czar to bring law
and order to the unruly Net.
EU plans for setting standards and certifications for
products, including software for computer security,
encryption and authentication.
The future threat to "the West" by a hyper-cyber Asia
[ex-colonies] deploying information wizardry to level
the playing field.
Cooperation on trade and "crime, drugs and terrorism" might
then be a euphemism for economic aggression -- US-EU
international affairs arranged to maximize benefits for
If so, then cryptography is truly a highly valuable
munitions for economic warfare, worthy of the strongest law
and enforcement measures, closely fit to the power of the
weapon. With US-EU GAK and ITAR to protect markets of the
transatlantic super-nation and selected meta-atlantic
partners in crime-pure joy.
Would Michael Froomkin, RIIA Foreign Associate, care to
generously unscramble this international affairs sigint?
Air the pinstriped privy, ahem.