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Weekly column: Fuzzy logic behind proposed cybercrime treaty

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Perspective:  Fuzzy logic behind Bush's cybercrime treaty
By Declan McCullagh
November 28, 2005, 4:00 AM PST

If you believe President Bush, a "cybercrime" treaty about to be voted 
on by the U.S. Senate is needed to thwart online vandals and track down 
Internet miscreants.

Bush claims the treaty, formally approved by a Senate committee this 
month, will "deny safe havens to criminals, including terrorists, who 
can cause damage to U.S. interests from abroad, using computer systems."

But in reality, the Convention on Cybercrime will endanger Americans' 
privacy and civil liberties--and place the FBI's massive surveillance 
apparatus at the disposal of nations with much less respect for 
individual liberties.

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Posted by Declan McCullagh on Nov 29, 2005

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