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[OT] Re: [ossig] rms and tinfoil hats

On Sun, 2005-11-20 at 10:46 +0800, Ditesh Kumar wrote:
> For your Sunday morning entertainment, from Bruce's blog:
> http://perens.sourcelabs.com/

Now.. this is really a good read. NON-Violent protest. Sounds more like
'the silent treatment'

> ---
> Friday, November 18: Richard Stallman Gets in Trouble with UN Security
> for Wearing a Tin-Foil Hat
> Richard Stallman, Mark Shuttleworth, and I are in Tunis, Tunisia for the
> UN World Summit on the information society. We've had an interesting
> day :-)
> Richard is opposed to RF ID, because of the many privacy violations that
> are possible. It's a real problem, and one worth lobbying about. At the
> 2003 WSIS in Geneva, there was objection to the RF ID cards that were
> used, resulting in a promise that they would not be used in 2005. That
> promise, it turns out, was not kept. In addition, Richard was given a
> hastily-produced ID with a visible RF ID strip. Mine was made on a
> longer schedule, it seems, and had an RF ID strip that wasn't visible. I
> knew it was there because they clearly had us put our cards to a reader
> at the entrance gate.
> You can't give Richard a visible RF ID strip without expecting him to
> protest. Richard acquired an entire roll of aluminum foil and wore his
> foil-shielded pass prominently. He willingly unwrapped it to go through
> any of the visible check-points, he simply objected to the potential
> that people might be reading the RF ID without his knowledge and
> tracking him around the grounds. This, again, is a legitimate gripe,
> handled with Richard's usual highly-visible, guile-less and absolutely
> un-subtle style of non-violent protest.
> During his keynote speech at our panel today, Richard gave a moment's
> talk about the RF ID issue, and passed his roll of aluminum foil around
> the room for others to use. A number of people in the
> overcrowded-to-the-max standing-room-only meeting room obligingly
> shielded their own passes. UN Security was in the room, not only to
> protect us but because of the crowd issue, and was bound to notice.
> Richard and I delivered our keynotes, followed by shorter talks by the
> rest of the panel and then open discussion.
> At the end of the panel, I went out in the hall to be interviewed by
> various press entities including Al Jazeera. Another item for my CIA
> dossier, but I'm sure my association with Richard would have caused more
> notes to be taken today. I was busy with the press for two solid hours.
> So, I didn't see what happened with Richard. But a whole lot of the
> people in the room did, and stayed with Richard for the entire process.
> Apparently, UN Security would not allow Richard to leave the room.
> Richard and I are actually here representing the United Nations, and are
> carrying UN Development Program IDs. I would otherwise merit a "business
> entity" ID, but I guess because of our kenote-speaker status our UN
> Development Program hosts ordered us better treatment. Richard and I
> also have some limited immunity as delegates to this conference. So,
> this was no doubt an interesting problem for the security folks, who had
> no real idea who Richard was except that he was someone reasonably
> distinguished who was visibly violating their security measure.
> All of this completely disrupted the panel that was supposed to follow
> ours in that room, and the folks operating that panel were rightly
> furious.
> UN Security eventually let him out, and then would not allow him to
> enter the room where he was appearing on another panel.
> I got to the room just as the panel was about to start, at the moment
> that the problem suddenly evaporated and Richard was allowed to enter.
> No doubt some of our UN hosts had been dealing with security during
> those two hours, and eventually got an order from a high-enough officer
> or something. We'll probably never know who, but imagine the headlines:
> Kofi Anan frees Richard Stallman. So, I walk in and Richard relates the
> entire situation to me in front of the audience present, including more
> than one government minister, and other folks arriving for the panel. I
> humorously remind Richard that he and I both have immunity as delegates,
> and he responds "Well, perhaps then I should have killed Bob Kramer".
> Kramer is the CompTIA representative who comes along to these things to
> relate an pro-software-patenting and generally anti-Free-Software
> viewpoint which gets Richard very steamed up. There's a laugh, and I
> explain that our immunity probably doesn't go that far. Richard goes on
> to say that he wouldn't really kill anyone, but no doubt UN Security has
> heard this entire exchange too.
> I didn't see anyone further molesting Richard, but I'd imagine he was
> followed around by plainclothes agents for the rest of the day. This,
> however, may not be unusual. Perhaps Kramer even got his own protective
> detail.
> I guess I'm permanently on the books now as a dissident, if I wasn't
> already. Viva la Revolution!
> Ditesh
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