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Re: ExitPolicy abuse
Probably you are focusing on a wrong problem, You all are looking for
possible abuses and methods how to avoid them (blocking some ports, IP
But for me the real question is: who is abusing the power in such cases
(described in previous e-mails).
I think the real problem of American people is they generally beleive
that the State is a potentially Bad Guy, who should be supervised in
order to avoid abusing it's powers.
But I think the real problem is becoming private sector. In US you don't
have legislation to protect information privacy in private sector
(majority of legislation deals with limiting State's power only), and
very interesting sign of this problem is privacy in the workplace: since
the employer owns all the equipment, it is absolutely reasonable he or
she monitors all the activities of employees. (This is not the case in
Here we have similar problem. ISP owns the equipment, and this
supposedly means they could disconnect you of almost any reason, even
poorly argumented. If that has been done by some state court, I am sure
everybody would jump up and start screaming it is illegal, "innocent
until not proven guilty", etc. Slashdot would be reporting long stories
about abuse of state's powers and illegality of such actions.
In this case, we have ISP, which is owner of an equipment and all you
simply assume that this fact gives him the right to disconnect you based
on one, unproven e-mail complaint. Here ISP is this subject who has the
power, and such acts means he is abusing it.
What is wrong with you guys? I mean, I am really interested in if you
see this as a problem or not? And if you do - why do not take any
actions against this abuses of power?
If I would be the guy in Justice Department, I wouldn't take any legal
steps against Tor network. Of course not, because we all know that legal
steps against it would cause great public reaction. I would rather annoy
Tor users by sending unproven e-mail complaints to their ISP's and with
imilar preassures. The result would be the same: destruction of Tor
network, but in the latter case, there would be no public reaction.
At the end remains simple question - what is more important: personal
rights and freedoms of people OR the right to dispose absolutely freely
with private property? I thik the state is not the biggest problem - the
biggest problem becomes society.
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