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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: Gov. Gilmore and anti-terror panel call for secret "cyber court"

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Date sent:      	Thu, 18 Oct 2001 08:03:22 -0400
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
To:             	politech@politechbot.com
Subject:        	FC: Gov. Gilmore and anti-terror panel call for secret "cyber court"
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House committee press release:



   Governor Calls for 'Cyber Court'
   By Declan McCullagh (declan@wired.com)
   2:00 a.m. Oct. 18, 2001 PDT

   WASHINGTON -- Malicious hackers, look out.

   A government anti-terrorism commission will recommend that Congress
   create a shadowy court to oversee investigations of suspected
   computer intruders.

   Gov. James Gilmore (R-Virginia), the commission's chairman, said
   Wednesday that federal judges have been far too sluggish in
   approving search warrants and eavesdropping of online miscreants.

   Instead, Gilmore told the House Science committee, the commission
   will recommend that a "cyber court" be created with extraordinary
   powers to authorize electronic surveillance and secret searches of
   suspected hackers' homes and offices.

   Police investigations are currently hamstrung by a lack of
   "effective procedures and understanding by many in the judiciary
   concerning the nature and urgency of cyber security," Gilmore said.


   Gilmore offered few details on the proposal to create a
   hacker-court. A House press release says only that the commission
   will recommend the "establishment of a special 'Cyber Court'
   patterned after the court established in the Foreign Intelligence
   Surveillance Act."


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