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15th Aug '17 10:26:27 AM wingedcatgirl
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* This is the principle behind [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deniable_encryption "deniable encryption"]] systems, designed to address the situation where someone in possession of encrypted files is coerced (by physical force or plea bargaining, say) into handing over the decryption key. These systems allow data to be hidden on several different "layers", each requiring a separate key to access the data - for example, someone could store their [[PornStash porn collection]] at the first layer, {{squick}}ier porn at the second layer, and military state secrets at the third. The trick is that it's mathematically impossible for the interrogator to know how many layers are in use (and it is also possible to have more than one volume at the same layer, for example having two second- or third-layer volumes), since anything they haven't decrypted yet is indistinguishable from random garbage - so at any point the subject can plausibly claim that they've handed over all the keys they have, and the interrogator has no way to be sure whether they're dealing with an actual spy or just a very paranoid pervert.

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* This is the principle behind [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deniable_encryption "deniable encryption"]] systems, designed to address the situation where someone in possession of encrypted files is coerced (by physical force or plea bargaining, say) into handing over the decryption key. These systems allow data to be hidden on [[MultilayerFacade several different "layers", "layers"]], each requiring a separate key to access the data - for example, someone could store their [[PornStash porn collection]] at the first layer, {{squick}}ier porn at the second layer, and military state secrets at the third. The trick is that it's mathematically impossible for the interrogator to know how many layers are in use (and it is also possible to have more than one volume at the same layer, for example having two second- or third-layer volumes), since anything they haven't decrypted yet is indistinguishable from random garbage - so at any point the subject can plausibly claim that they've handed over all the keys they have, and the interrogator has no way to be sure whether they're dealing with an actual spy or just a very paranoid pervert.
8th Aug '17 4:28:34 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. John Crichton pretends to seduce a BattleaxeNurse who's in charge of Aeryn Sun's interrogation. He then knocks out the nurse and tries to free Aeryn, but is captured. He then tells his captors that he thought Aeryn was HotterAndSexier than the nurse, so decided to have sex with her instead.
16th Jul '17 7:33:20 PM DanielCase
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* ''Film/EscapeFromAlcatraz'': Morris carries a wooden wedge coated with metal out of the carpentry workshop openly in his hand. He is naturally caught right away by the guard; his claims that it is meant to make it easier to take his hung clothes off the hook, otherwise why would he be carrying it openly, are not believed and the guard calls him an idiot. After it is confiscated, we see him return to his cell and take an identically equipped wedge from his shoe heel, to be used to carve out the concrete in the wall behind his bunk.[[note]]This is why in a real prison today, inmates who did this would not only be made to walk through the metal detector again until they were clean, they would be disciplined and likely removed from their cell pending a search[[/note]]
15th Jul '17 5:06:37 PM 1810072342
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* In ''Film/SpidermanHomecoming'', Ned is tracking the Vulture's cronies' van and giving directions to Peter from his laptop in school. Partway through a teacher comes in and, surprised, demands to know what he's doing. Ned's response is 'I was... looking... at porn'.
13th Jul '17 1:48:39 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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** In ''Labyrinth,'' when caught trying to break into a genetic engineering facility, Ensign Murka quickly creats the story that he and his fellows were a bunch of horny soldier on leave who thought it was the brothel (the company is known for its bordellos). He was booted out with a warning and fine (i.e. the guards stole all his money), but no alarm was raised over a commando raid and Miles, overhearing the exchange, made a mental note to praise and reward the soldier for his quick thinking (In a following story, the same soldier returns as a now-promoted Lieutenant).

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** In ''Labyrinth,'' when caught trying to break into a genetic engineering facility, Ensign Murka quickly creats creates the story that he and his fellows were a bunch of horny soldier on leave who thought it was the brothel (the company is known for its bordellos). He was booted out with a warning and fine (i.e. the guards stole all his money), but no alarm was raised over a commando raid and Miles, overhearing the exchange, made a mental note to praise and reward the soldier for his quick thinking (In a following story, the same soldier returns as a now-promoted Lieutenant).
2nd Jun '17 2:10:37 AM PaulA
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** In ''Podkayne of Mars'', the main character's brother makes a crack about smuggling drugs onto the space ship, thereby preventing the guards from discoving the bomb he hid in her luggage.

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** In ''Podkayne of Mars'', the main character's ''Literature/PodkayneOfMars'', Podkayne's brother makes a crack about smuggling drugs onto the space ship, thereby preventing the guards from discoving the bomb he hid in her luggage.
2nd Jun '17 1:08:53 AM PaulA
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** In "If This Goes On....", Zach covers up Johnny's obviously guilty reaction to receiving a note from the Resistance by replacing it with one about gambling, because they won't believe innocence but will believe this.

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** In "If This Goes On....", Zach "Literature/IfThisGoesOn", Zeb covers up Johnny's obviously guilty reaction to receiving a note from the Resistance by replacing it with one about gambling, because they won't believe innocence but will believe this.
31st May '17 12:19:48 AM PaulA
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** In ''Starman Jones'', Matt hitchhikes with a truck driver, who has him sleep in the bed and explains that he will be the off-duty driver all the time, with the driver with him driving longer than regulations permit without sleep. When they hit a checkpoint, the driver is caught not having his asleep partner having signed off, and explains to Matt that it kept the guard from digging deeper.

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** In ''Starman Jones'', ''Literature/StarmanJones'', Matt hitchhikes with a truck driver, who has him sleep in the bed and explains that he will be the off-duty driver all the time, with the driver with him driving longer than regulations permit without sleep. When they hit a checkpoint, the driver is caught not having his asleep partner having signed off, and explains to Matt that it kept the guard from digging deeper.
20th May '17 8:30:22 AM Kilyle
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* Speranza's PersonOfInterest fic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/683009 Self Defense]]'': Harold kills someone who's trying to strangle John, but despite the reasonable self-defense of the act, they can't afford to be taken by the cops who just showed up. As Harold's system is reeling, John pulls him into a gay bar, sloshes whiskey over them both (and gets Harold to down a couple shots as well), and retreats to a back room. By the time the cops barge in, they just see enough for the homophobic cop to get outraged -- and the other cop just goes "C'mon, we're wasting time," so they leave. (And then of course, being a Rinch fic, John gets all angsty over what he did to save Harold.)
-->They heard him muttering darkly to the bartender, who barked out a laugh and said, "Hey. I just said they were in a rush," and Harold understood what Reese had evidently understood all along. They were ''guilty''. So they had to ''be guilty''; Reese had just made them guilty of something irrelevant.
24th Feb '17 11:55:10 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': After a battle that had quite dire consequences, Reynir uses TalkingInYourDreams to check on senior mage Onni, who helped long-distance during the battle, and is also the older brother to the person who got hit with the battle's consequences the hardest. For that very reason, everyone has agreed to let Onni's younger sister Tuuri tell her the news herself over the radio in the real world once Onni recovers from his PowerStrainBlackout, which basically left him in ConvenientComa. As one can expect, the first thing Onni asks Reynir is how his family members are doing and HesitationEqualsDishonesty kicks in when Reynir tries to claim that everyone in the crew is fine. When Onni asks what Reynir is hiding from him, Reynir tells Onni that he's worried about the comparatively minor consequences the battle had for another member of the crew that is not related to Onni, about whom Onni only cares in terms of their capacity to protect Tuuri and Reynir.

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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': After a battle that had quite dire consequences, Reynir uses TalkingInYourDreams to check on senior mage Onni, who helped long-distance during the battle, and is also the older brother to the person who got hit with the battle's consequences the hardest. For that very reason, everyone has agreed to let Onni's younger sister Tuuri tell her him the news herself over the radio in the real world once Onni recovers from his PowerStrainBlackout, which basically left him in ConvenientComa. As one can expect, the first thing Onni asks Reynir is how his family members are doing and HesitationEqualsDishonesty kicks in when Reynir tries to claim that everyone in the crew is fine. When Onni asks what Reynir is hiding from him, Reynir tells Onni that he's worried about the comparatively minor consequences the battle had for another member of the crew that is not related to Onni, about whom Onni only cares in terms of their capacity to protect Tuuri and Reynir.
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