Note: The following document on the Clinton Administration's Cryptography Policy is being circulated by Americans for Tax Reform to conservative organizations on Capitol Hill.

Background on Administration Cryptography Policy

THE LATEST CLINTON POWER GRAB. Quietly, almost covertly, the Clinton Administration is pursuing what may be its single worst policy initiative ever. The issue is encryption. Specifically, the Administration would:

THIS IS NOT AN INTERNET ISSUE. Fundamental Constitutional liberties and limits on government power are at stake. Clinton Administration cryptography policy deliberately opens the door to government surveillance of all electronic communications and all electronic transactions when there is no longer a clear distinction between the Internet and other networks.
THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. The Administration is circulating a bill in the House and Senate that fortunately to date have not been sponsored by a single member. The Administration bill must be rejected immediately.

Americans for Tax Reform strongly supports legislation such as the Burns Pro-CODE in the Senate and the Goodlatte SAFE Act In the House. Others who have expressed support include Steve Forbes, Eagle Forum, Competitive Enterprise Institute and Frontiers of Freedom. A coalition letter is forthcoming.

All conservative groups must a) Insist that Congress establish cryptography policy in open debate, b) Reject regulatory attempts to end-run Congressional oversight; and c) Insist the U.S. postpone international agreements until domestic policy is set.

For more information please call Jim Lucier of Americans for Tax Reform at (202)785-0266 or email

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