[discuss] Artificial conflation of issues not helpful. [Was: Digest, Vol 3, Issue 67]

Louis Pouzin (well) pouzin at well.com
Thu Feb 20 04:00:24 UTC 2014

On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 4:21 AM, Brian E Carpenter <
brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com> wrote:

> But of course the NSA, with their friends in 5 Eyes, have interception
> points on the other sides of both the Atlantic and the Pacific.
> Geography isn't an insurmountable issue for them. I don't think
> that rerouting as proposed by Merkel & Hollande would be too hard
> for them to deal with. The fact that the network is called "Internet"
> rather than, say, "X.25" is certainly not a fundamental issue for them.
> The fact that the name to address lookup system is a distributed
> database with multiple international root servers is not much of an
> issue for them. The fact the the root zone file is maintained in the
> USA is pretty much irrelevant to them.
> Being "outed" by Snowden, and the resulting legal and political
> hassle, is a big issue for them. They'll be *delighted* if the
> hassle gets sidetracked in a discussion of "Internet governance."
>     Brian

Indeed, a flood of petty questions is a hackneyed trick for snowing the

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