Tuesday, August 16, 2011

U.K. rejects privateering E-petition

Not sure why Mr. Hopkindon's E-petition to legalize cyber privateering was rejected by the HM Government E-petition site. Here's the link for the following (anybody want to take another shot at this?):


Legalise Cyber Privateers

Responsible department: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Because world-wide law enforcement is completely unequipped and under staffed to fight the wave of cyber crime and hostile invasion by various governments, it is proposed that cyber defense be privatized as follows: HM Government must rescind the UK signature on the Paris Declaration of 1856 that outlawed privateering (which I assume could be applied to cyber privateering, too). HM Government would license and bond CYBER PRIVATEERS who would loot criminal enterprises and the treasuries of rogue governments, and split the proceeds 50-50 with the UK Treasury. The CYBER PRIVATEERS would be bound by "The Cyber Privateer Code" of conduct outlined at www.CyberPrivateer.com. A legal justification under international law can be found at: http://www.themorgandoctrine.com/2011/01/my-legal-justification-for-cyber.html

This e-petition has been rejected with the following reason given:

E-petitions cannot be used to request action on issues that are outside the responsibility of the government. This includes:
  • party political material
  • commercial endorsements including the promotion of any product, service or publication
  • issues that are dealt with by devolved bodies, eg The Scottish Parliament
  • correspondence on personal issues
E-petitions cannot be used for freedom of information requests.

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?