Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break — a provocative step that would reopen a long-running feud between federal authorities and Silicon Valley.
The encryption challenge, which the government calls “going dark,” was the focus of a National Security Council meeting Wednesday morning that included the No. 2 officials from several key agencies, according to three people familiar with the matter.
On a related note, just today head of the American regime, Donald Trump, joked about murdering journalists with the head of the Russian regime, Vladimir Putin.
Gosh tootin’ darnit, I wonder what profession relies on encryption.
The governments exist to serve the citizens. Hence the citizen’s rights, including right to privacy, trumps the governments’ need to police them.
However, even though this is clearly specified in the US Constitution, it feels like simple fear mongering can help persuade the public to stand behind legislation to take away their basic freedoms. Simple (loaded) questions like “if ou have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” comes to mind.
(Everyone has something to hide. Otherwise we would walk without clothing — or at least in transparent ones, not lock our doors, and give our bank passwords out. Since we don’t do those actions, it would be reasonable to assume we want to “hide” some stuff).