In response to the April 21 Perspectives column by Declan McCullagh, "":
I strongly believe that such ("lawful interception") capability should require some sort of hardware-enabling device. The hardware enabler can be a daughter card or a module inserted into an open slot.
To merely allow a software image to provide that capability will not stop it from crossing borders and from being abused greatly. In order to limit the export of this capability, a hardware device would greatly reduce it; how can you restrict a software image from being sent through the Internet to a nonfavorable nation?