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Congress at its finest: P2P networks as "national security threat"

The hearing witness list:
http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1424

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http://news.com.com/2100-1029_3-6198585.html

Congress: P2P networks harm national security
July 24, 2007, 3:09 PM PDT

WASHINGTON--Politicians charged on Tuesday that peer-to-peer networks 
can pose a "national security threat" because they enable federal 
employees to share sensitive or classified documents accidentally from 
their computers.

At a hearing on the topic, Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry 
Waxman (D-Calif.) said, without offering details, that he is considering 
new laws aimed at addressing the problem. He said he was troubled by the 
possibility that foreign governments, terrorists or organized crime 
could gain access to documents that reveal national secrets.
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Also at the hearing, Mark Gorton, the chairman of Lime Wire, which makes 
the peer-to-peer software LimeWire, was assailed for allegedly harming 
national security through offering his product.

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Posted by Declan McCullagh on Jul 25, 2007 in category free-speech


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