Senator Mitch McConnell To Obama: Please, Just Tell Us What Law You Need To Ban Encryption And You'll Get It

from the begging-to-undermine-american-security dept

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has always been a friend of the intelligence community, but he's using the attack in San Bernadino to ramp up the anti-encryption insanity to new levels, practically begging President Obama to tell him what law he wants to ban encryption, and McConnell will help make sure Congress delivers. McConnell's statement was laying out what he thought President Obama should do in response to ISIS, and includes this ridiculous line:
He should tell us what legal authorities he needs to defeat encrypted online communications, and what is needed to reestablish our capture, interrogation, and surveillance capabilities.
"Defeat encrypted online communications"? Is he crazy? We need encrypted online communications to better protect us, and yet McConnell is trying to undermine those communications. He's actively proposing to make us all less safe. And, of course, talking about "reestablishing" our "surveillance capabilities" is about giving the NSA more surveillance powers. McConnell was, of course, the key person who tried to block any attempt at rolling back the NSA's unconstitutional phone records collection program.

Now, we know that President Obama didn't go quite as far as McConnell asked, but he did still push for a more "voluntary" solution -- which may morph into Congress doing something if people don't speak out loudly about what an incredibly dumb idea this is.

Filed Under: congress, encryption, going dark, mitch mcconnell, president obama


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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Dec 2015 @ 12:33pm

    It might not be terrorism, but...

    these kind of intentions are something equally, or more dangerous.
    How is this not an intended attack on freedom? First of all: we know that this is going to be misused big time, by our own elected politicians and law enforcement.
    Second of all: Everybody who knows the slightest about the subject are pretty sure that it is going to cause chaos and make everybody less safe, not just on the internet but in real life too.
    Third of all: This access to all information is a weapon too powerful for anyone to have. How are they going to restrict it to just the socalled "good guys"? They talk about being the only ones with this power, but this is not fairy tail land! There is no magic to keep information contained. Not only will there be people who are willing to sell to the highest bidder, but the government themselves have more leaks and holes than a sieve. This is all or nothing here, and everyone votes to keep the lion in the cage.

    People are scared of terrorists, but it is our own politicians who are the most dangerous, and the most likely to destroy society.
    You, Senator McConnell, may not be a terrorist by definition, but you are a traitor to the people of your country and the people of the world.

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