Declan McCullagh | 1 Feb 01:34 2003

FC: Canada's privacy czar gives dire warning about anti-terrorism laws

[This is strong language. Read it. It shows that a privacy czar writing 
about government intrusions can be a powerful advocate for liberty. --Declan]


Subject: Canada's PRivacy Commissioner's Annual Report released
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 16:24:29 -0800
Message-ID: <459F05C5CBAB824BB3DD965CC92BBFEA017215F8 <at>>
From: "Chris Brand" <Chris_Brand <at>>
To: <declan <at>>
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

Hi Declan,

Don't know whether you've already seen this :

The first couple of paragraphs look like this :

It is my duty, in this Annual Report, to present a solemn
and urgent warning to every Member of Parliament and Senator,
and indeed to every Canadian:
The fundamental human right of privacy in Canada is under
assault as never before. Unless the Government of Canada is
quickly dissuaded from its present course by Parliamentary
action and public insistence, we are on a path that may well
lead to the permanent loss not only of privacy rights that
we take for granted but also of important elements of freedom
as we now know it.
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Declan McCullagh | 1 Feb 17:45 2003

FC: Space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during descent today



Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 06:48:54 -0800
From: Tim Pozar <pozar <at>>
To: Asilomar-News List <asilomar-news <at>>
Cc: Dave Farber <dave <at>>, Declan McCullagh <declan <at>>
Subject: Shuttle "missing"...

Video on CNN show an object breaking up over Texas.

 >From AP...

   Shuttle missing...Administration wants rethinking O-T rules...Flag flap

	   (Kennedy Space Center-AP) -- Space shuttle ``Columbia'' is
missing. NASA declared an emergency after it lost contact with the
space shuttle over Texas as it prepared to land in Florida. Dallas
T-V station W-F-A-A has recorded an image of what is being
described as ``multiple trails'' behind the shuttle. (Watch for
latest bulletin series.)
	   (Kennedy Space Center-AP) -- Space shuttle ``Columbia'' was
supposed to land at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:16 a-m
but NASA has not had communication with the shuttle since 9 a-m.
NASA has never lost a space crew during landing. There are six
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Declan McCullagh | 1 Feb 19:26 2003

FC: Andrew Odlyzko replies on DMCA and "chipping away at competition"

[I enjoyed Robert's warning (, but 
he's looking at "chipping" like a lawyer instead of through the lens of 
economics. It seems clear to me that if some manufactures sufficiently vex 
people by "chipping," then their customers will turn elsewhere to 
non-chipped products. And competitors will advertise "unchipped" 
alternatives, as we saw in the Yahoo case 
( It's not like 
there's a lack of competition in the laser printer, car, coffee maker, 
dishwasher, or other markets Robert cited. --Declan]


Date: Sat,  1 Feb 2003 12:12:31 -0600 (CST)
To: declan <at>
From: odlyzko <at> (Andrew Odlyzko)
Subject: Re: FC: Robert Ellis on how DMCA is "chipping away at competition"
Cc: rellis <at>


A few comments (which you should feel free to distribute to the politech
list) about Bob Ellis's posting.

1.  Bob Ellis is undoubtedly right that the Lexmark case is just
the camel's nose in the tent.  We do seem to be moving to a future
of "disposable products ... shifting the profit to captive parts and
consumable sales."

2.  A more important question is, is that really bad?  Bob Ellis
seems to think such a move involves "unfair competition, price-fixing,
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Declan McCullagh | 1 Feb 23:13 2003

FC: More on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster earlier today

I don't know Dian, but Terry is a longtime and valued subscriber to 
Politech. NASA still has Dian's bio online, which says she was a propellant 

Also, while it may be just a coincidence, remember that Columbia carried 
Israel's first astronaut and came as tensions in the Middle East are growing:
>Space agency officials feared his presence might make the shuttle more of 
>a terrorist target... A senior law enforcement official, speaking on 
>condition of anonymity, said there had been some intelligence that raised 
>concerns about a previously scheduled flight of Columbia, which was to 
>have carried the same crew...



To: declan <at>
Cc: dave <at>
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 16:17:44 -0500
Subject: re: Challenger - Fw: I  F-ING WARNED THEM.
From: terry.s <at>

Dian is a naturist friend in Florida.  She's one of the first two women
in the country to have gone through US Marine EOD, Explosive Ordnance
Disposal school.  She also has some stories about being subjected to a
made-for-TV arrest in the time since being fired by NASA for allegedly
threatening a politician, a misuse of felony law a la "Homeland Security"
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Declan McCullagh | 2 Feb 02:00 2003

FC: eBay sellers already hawking "shuttle debris"

[Legal question: If a piece of "shuttle debris" falls on my land, does it 
become my property? I assume not. --Declan]


From: "Hiawatha Bray" <watha <at>>
To: <declan <at>>
Subject: RE: More on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster earlier today
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 17:50:58 -0500

I just got off the phone with eBay.  They confirmed to me that some people
have posted "shuttle debris" for sale.  The auctions for this stuff get
pulled as soon as they appear, he said.

Hiawatha Bray
Boston Globe

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Declan McCullagh | 2 Feb 07:07 2003

FC: Answers to "Who owns Columbia space debris?" question


Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 19:58:01 -0500 (EST)
From: "Matthew G. Saroff" <msaroff <at>>
To: Declan McCullagh <declan <at>>
cc: politech <at>
Subject: Re: FC: Space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during descent today

         For what it's worth, I am a mechanical engineer, who has worked
with SAMS and artillery rockets, but this is my assesment of the incicent,
feel free to forward to politech:

         What I've heard at this point, along with the video of the
breakup, indicates a failure of the thermal protection system.
         There were changes in the pressure of the left main tires
consistent with heating, and the drop in hydraulic pressure is consistent
with the fluid boiling.

   Matthew G. Saroff
Navicula hydraulica plena anguilarum est.


From: "Suresh Ramasubramanian" <suresh <at>>
To: <declan <at>>
Subject: Re: More on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster earlier today
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 07:10:13 +0530
Organization: -ENOENT
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Declan McCullagh | 2 Feb 07:08 2003

FC: Steve Mann on the next wave in licensing: "The New Deconomy"

[Steve has a wonderfully refreshing way of looking at the world. Follow the 
link: --Declan]


From: Steve Mann <mann <at>>
Subject: Chipping away at the new Deconomy
To: declan <at>
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2003 19:35:25 -0500 (EST)
In-Reply-To: < <at>> from "Declan 
McCullagh" at Feb 01, 2003 01:26:37 PM

Here's a response to Andrew's post that you might like to post to politech:

 > From: odlyzko <at> (Andrew Odlyzko)

 > 1.  Bob Ellis is undoubtedly right that the Lexmark case is just
 > the camel's nose in the tent.  We do seem to be moving to a future
 > of "disposable products ... shifting the profit to captive parts and
 > consumable sales."
 > 2.  A more important question is, is that really bad?  Bob Ellis

I call this deconomics -- sabotage economics.

My favorate example of the New Deconomy is licensed seating.
You don't buy the chairs.  You instead buy the seating.
The chairs are free (on loan with certain restrictions)
but each time you want to sit down, you slide your credit
card into a slot on the chair to download a "License to Sit".
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Declan McCullagh | 3 Feb 15:46 2003

FC: SF and DC events: Stanford (3/1), Cato (2/5), EPIC (5/9)


Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 23:37:15 -0800
To: declan <at>
From: Lauren Gelman <lauren <at>>

Hi Declan.

Can you circulate to Politech?  Registration is now open!




Spectrum Policy:
Property or Commons?
Stanford Law School
March 1-2, 2003

Sponsored by:
Thomas Hazlett, the Manhattan Institute, and
Lawrence Lessig of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society
Full conference details and registration at:


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Declan McCullagh | 3 Feb 19:04 2003

FC: NASA replies to Politech post by deleting website bio?

Background on Dian Hardison, who was reportedly charged with mailing foot 
powder in her water bill:

The deleted page, from



To: declan <at>, thediehard <at>
Cc: watha <at>, dave <at>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 03:22:34 -0500
Subject: Politech has impact
From: terry.s <at>

It appears Politech has been noticed by NASA, and they've cut off an
entire section of their maze of Web sites pending removal of content
about Dian.

"Dian Hardison" no longer shows up on the primary search engine.
  It shows close to 100 hits on the NASA HQ search engine, not all within
the subdomain.  It appears that's the "Learning
Technologies Project" area of the Advanced Research Center site.

No URL's at are working, as if they turned off that
entire segment of the educational project.  The subdomain doesn't
resolve.  Finding the IP address for it of via NSlookup, it
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Declan McCullagh | 4 Feb 15:08 2003

FC: Richard Clarke's resignation message, and final warning

News stories:


Date: Sun, 02 Feb 2003 22:24:41 +0100
From: [deleted]
To: Declan McCullagh <declan <at>>
Subject: Fwd: A Message from Richard Clarke


this is a message from Dick Clarke to the Information Sharing and
Analysis Centers (part of the cyber security strategy). I don't know the
original source.

Please delete my name and email adress if you send this around.

Best regards.


From:  Richard Clarke
To: All ISAC's

With the completion of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and
the stand up of the Department of Homeland Security, it is a good
juncture for me to end my 11 years in the White House.  I have,
therefore, sent a letter of resignation to the President.
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