Smashing The State
by Bruce Elmore
Special to TLE
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,
papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,
shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon
probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly
describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to
Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Of all ten of the Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, this one is
the one most important to the cause of the destruction of the
Leviathon currently known as the Federal Government.
We have the right to be secure in our persons, houses, and papers
against searches, and that right shall not be violated without
probable cause. Let us think about that for a moment.
All of us, have the right to secure our papers and effects from
unreasonable prying by agents of the State. Further, these agents of
the State, at least in theory, are completely unable to delve into
our private affairs unless someone swears before a lawfully
constituted magistrate, can show under oath good reason why that
right should be abrogated.
Papers and effects means our methods and records of yours and my
It therefore logically follows, that both you and I have the right to
keep any and all communication between us as private as possible, and
that no agent of the Government has any business reading them, so
long as we are not conspiring to deprive another individual of their
Once again, it follows quite logically, that anyone wishing to
transmit information which they deem to be "private", should be using
the most secure means of communication they can reasonably lay their
grubby little hands on.
Fortunately, we are all now living at a time which is the apex of
secure communications technology, and the true beauty of it is that
it is all available for a mere pittance. That's right brothers and
sisters. Anyone with an ounce of motivation can make their
communications in almost any medium just about completely
indecipherable to agents of the State. All of it is perfectly legal
Time Tested Methods
Some of the oldest methods of secure communications (cryptology) are
what are known as "subsitution codes". These are almost childishly
simple once you figure out how they work. For instance. Lets say you
want to send a private message to your old friend Bob. Thats easy.
You and Bob meet somewhere and decide that you are going to take the
alphabet, and shift it by, oh let us say, three letters.
That means that when you write the letter "A", it really is the
letter "C". This is one of the earliest and most primitive forms of
"code". Unfortunately for you and I, this was a very easy type of
code to figure out. Substituting letters AND numbers makes this
primitive cypher somewhat more effective, but it is still relatively
easy to crack.
Another method of "secure" communications involved nothing more that
a stick of a predetermined diameter and a strip of paper. One simply
wrapped the strip of paper around the stick in question and wrote
your message, and then unwrapped the paper. Then you filled the empty
space in between your message with a bunch of random letters,
numbers, and symbols, and there you were.
If your adversary didn't have the proper sized stick, he had nothing
more than a good bit of paper for starting his fire. But, you having
the proper diameter stick, could quite easily read the message your
friend intended for you.
These and other primitive methods of encrypting messages worked quite
well for a couple of centuries, and they can still be employed by
clever individuals for simple messages between small numbers of
people to this very day.
However, they are wholly unsuited for rapid communications using the
modern methods of communications available today.
The next method of secure communications developed were the so called
"invisible inks" These were a quantum leap in their day, and they are
still useful today if clever and resourceful freedom fighters are
careful in how and where they are employed.
Lemon juice was quite often used when one wished to put pen to paper
and keep the words safe from prying eyes. All one had to do was dip
the pen into the juice of a lemon, and write whatever you wished on a
blank piece of paper and voila,, in a few moments, the paper was once
again appeared blank to the nake eye. By holding it to a candle
flame, your message appeared to the reader. One could even write over
the secret message with standard ink and noone was the wiser.
Modern Substitution Codes
During World War Two, both the Japanese and the Germans developed
codes which were supposedly "unbreakable". The Japanese called their
code "Purple" in honor of the Emperor Hirohito, and the Germans was
called "Enigma". Both were by subsitutions codes of the type
mentioned earlier. However, there was a twist.
The "keys" could be changed on a moments notice by the sender. This
simple change made decryption much more difficult by the opposing
party. In fact, it was practically impossible given the technology of
the day. In the case of the Japanese codes, it was only by capturing
one of the "Purple" machines that the Allies were able to decrypt
messages at all. In the case of the German "Enigma" codes, it was a
combination of sheer luck and brute force which allowed British to
decode the most critical German communications.
Sheer Luck And Brute Force
By chance, or the favor of Divine Providence, the British found a way
to decipher the German Enigman code. What is truly unbelievable is
that the Nazi High Command never bothered to institute a regimen of
changing their code keys.
What this means is that they got complacent. They had something which
they figured could "never" be broken, in spite of all the historical
evidence. The Nazi codes were, by todays standards, ridiculously
simple. They had a "key length" no longer than the alpabet. That is
26 X 26.
Once the British figured out how to break this code, they could read
even the most sensitive of German communications with ease.
What WE Have Today
I am so very happy to be alive today. What is available to the
dedicated freedom lover as far as encryption technology today is very
nearly mind boggling. Anyone who wishes to make their communications
over the internet secure has an incredible array of tools at their
disposal for almsot no cost at all.
If one has a wish to send or receive "private" email or visit
websites with total anonymity, one need only visit
you can send completely anonymous emails and visit websites with
total privacy. Another provider called
Zero Knowledge will provide
The state of encryption technology available today is truly
Pretty Good Privacy
[Also PGPi -- Webmaster]
is an encryption tool which the United States
Government has classified as a "munitions" device. This fact alone
should make it first on the list for any Freedom loving individual to
have. Yes, it can be broken. But, "cracking" PGP requires an
absolutely huge amount of time on the part of the most dedicated and
rich adversary. That fact alone makes it first on my list of things
to have and to USE on a daily basis.
Just imagine your local Government busybody having to fill out a
requisition form for hundreds of hours of mainframe time in order to
decrypt your mothers chocolate chip cookie recipe. If that doesn't
make you chuckle, then you don't belong here.
There is also a wonderful and very secure email service available
MailVault. If you are lucky enough to be selected for the Beta
trial these folks are running, I suggest you jump in with both feet.
[And don't forget HushMail
a free web-based secure mail service -- Webmaster]
Exercise Your Rights
You have the RIGHT to be secure, in your papers and effects.
Rights are like muscles my brothers and sisters. If you don't use
them, they will atrophy, become weak, and die. And if your sacred and
God given rights weaken and die, it will be no one's fault but your