Cantwell, Paul, Wyden

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 1314)

Senator Cantwell: (8:48 PM)

  • Spoke on the PATRIOT Act.
    • "Those involved at the highest levels of government basically decided that instead of being able to break the encryption code that maybe it would be a good idea to put an actual government chip in every computer. That was called the Clipper Chip. And the notion was that then the N.S.A. and other people wouldn't have to worry about breaking the codes. They would just have a government back door to our technology. And in fact, there were many people - I kept saying you're going to say instead of Intel inside. You're going to say U.S. government inside every computer. Is that what you were trying to do? The Clipper Chip battle in the 1990's was a famous debate about how we were going to proceed on making sure we were guaranteeing privacy to U.S. Citizens. Clearly we were successful in defeating the Clipper Chip but it took a lot of time and a lot of energy. So I want to thank my colleague for continuing to fight on these important issues."


Senator Paul: (8:50 PM)

  • Spoke on the PATRIOT Act.
    • "The only way you can get through the encryption is through the individual. This is being done because the government has overplayed their hand, because the government has been such a bully on this, companies are going to continue to get farther and farther away. What they're going to do is the encryption will be only in control of the user. When that happens the government is not getting any information at all. They're taking a tool that probably has been useful to a certain degree - and I don't mind if we're doing it through warrants - but I think they're pushing companies so hard that I think encryption is going to be put in a place where even the company can't get to it."


Senator Wyden: (8:54 PM)

  • Spoke on the PATRIOT Act.
    • "We're talking about section 702 of the FISA Act. And that involves a very important issue of making sure when there's somebody dangerous overseas that we can in effect go up on that person, to get that kind of information that we have to have. But what we are seeing increasingly - and we have actually put it on our web site - we are seeing increasingly Americans are being swept up in those searches and their e-mails are being read. And what is especially troubling to me - and I'd be interested in my colleagues' views with respect to this backdoor search loophole - this is a problem today, but it is only going to be a growing problem in the days ahead because increasingly communications systems around the globe are merging. They are becoming integrated. It's not as if communication system just stopped at a nation's border."


Senator Paul: (9:02 PM)

  • Spoke on the PATRIOT Act.
    • ""We're hearing from customers, especially global enterprise customers, that they are more than ever worried about where their content is stored and how it is used and secured," said John Frank, deputy counsel at Microsoft, which has been publicizing that it allows customers to store their data in Microsoft centers in certain countries. Isn't that sad. Isn't that sad that a great American company is having to advertise that they're storing their information in other countries, because in America we're not protecting your privacy. Isn't that sad that a great American company, in order to stay in business, is having to advertise to their customers that we're keeping your information in another country."