MainFrame writes "A friend of a friend of mine, Tom Perrine, was "invited" to testify at the Congressional subcommittee meeting concerning Carnivore. "I had seen Carnivore on a recent trip to Quantico and had the opportunity to discuss the program with some of the developers. This was all before the Earthlink flap. I hope that my (written) testimony was balanced and fair. Those of you who know me, know that I try to balance my firm belief in personal privacy and Constitutional rights with my belief that there *are* times when law enforcement has legitimate needs and a duty to access electronic communications, when properly authorized by a court. " There's a lot of confusion about what carnivore is and what it does, so its nice to see something like this which appears to be much more informed.