“Senators close to finishing encryption penalties legislation”

Technology companies could face civil penalties for refusing to comply with court orders to help investigators access encrypted data under draft legislation nearing completion in the U.S. Senate, sources familiar with continuing discussions told Reuters on Wednesday. The long-awaited legislation from Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, may be introduced as soon as next week, one of the sources said.

Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein are idiots. This quote from senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina, who used to be on the side of the FBI but now supports Apple, is really telling:

“I was all with you until I actually started getting briefed by the people in the Intel Community,” Graham told Attorney General Loretta Lynch during an oversight hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I will say that I’m a person that’s been moved by the arguments about the precedent we set and the damage we might be doing to our own national security.”

All Graham needed was to talk to actual experts, and for him to be open about considering their arguments. If only all of them were so willing to listen to reason instead of pander to the cerebellar fears of the masses.


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