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RE: HTML 5.1, Web Cryptography API

From: Adam Sobieski <adamsobieski@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:20:56 +0000
Message-ID: <SNT002-W49A2416ED360B6E74E4E34C5120@phx.gbl>
To: Travis Leithead <travis.leithead@microsoft.com>
CC: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
HTML Working Group,
Travis Leithead,

Informationally, some pertinent laws include the National Defense Authorization Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Authorization_Act) and the National Defense Act of 1916 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Act_of_1916).  A number of laws from the 1970's and 1980's contributed to a separation of powers, specifically the separation of the military and intelligence community.  A document which was recommended was Robert Chesney's "Title 50 / Title 10 Debate" (http://jnslp.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Military-Intelligence-Convergence-and-the-Law-of-the-Title-10Title-50-Debate.pdf, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_50_of_the_United_States_Code, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_10_of_the_United_States_Code).
There are also domestic intelligence topics.  Domestic intelligence operations differ from both domestic law enforcement and domestic military operations.  Using the Web, we can find documentation about domestic intelligence, various reports for and against domestic intelligence policies, organizations and operations.  Some reports include discussion about the Department of Homeland Security, for instance.  The Department of Homeland Security has over seventy information fusion centers which a recent Senate report discussed.
Also topical is USNORTHCOM and, according to an encyclopedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Northern_Command), "NORTHCOM operates extensive domestic intelligence operations which both share and receive information from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and other agencies maintain offices at NORTHCOM and receive daily intelligence briefings."
We can glean from an encyclopedia article about the Posse Comitatis Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act) that the Posse Comitatis Act is described as differing from popularly held beliefs about the law.  The article includes descriptions about recent policy topics including the Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard.  The article indicates that the United States Air Force is flying UAV's over the civilian population.
With regard to W3C forums, numerous topics pertinent to digital books and digital textbooks, and with regard to cryptography-related topics, a reason that the topic is important is that if the military, national security apparatus, homeland security apparatus and/or domestic intelligence operations are analyzing some cryptography-related discussions or even participating in some cryptography-related discussions, then they would have orders to do so.  If we can separate cryptography-related discussions and education-related discussions into separate groups or rooms, then it would be more likely that there would be separate orders.  Such separate orders can enhance civil discourse and the lobbying of accountable politicians.  Without any effort, personnel ordered to analyze or participate in cryptography-related discussions, or other discussions, could find themselves analyzing or participating in education-related and education-technology-related discussions.

The Department of Education Organization Act of 1979 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_Education_Organization_Act) "creates within the Department an Under Secretary of Education who shall be responsible for the conduct of intergovernmental relations by the Department", "authorizes local education authorities to inform the Under Secretary of conflicts between Federal regulations" and "directs the Under Secretary to consider such conflicts and make recommendations for resolving them, including appropriate relief for such local education authorities." (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d096:SN00210:@@@L&summ2=m&)  Dr. Martha J. Kanter is the current Under Secretary of Education.

Kind regards,
Adam Sobieski 		 	   		  
Received on Friday, 18 January 2013 23:21:24 UTC

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