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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    Dkone, 7 Dec 2015 @ 4:38pm

    So fed up

    So I get home today and read/listen to the news, here are the highlights:

    1. Obama talks on TV last night, admits the CA attack was terrorism, but says don't worry it wasn't a part of a bigger group. OK, WTF is Jihadist Islam if not the big picture terror group.

    2. Donald Trump is calling for a ban of all Muslims coming into the country, regardless of immigration or tourist. I actually agree with that part, the rest of the story was all the other running politicians calling him crazy and this was yet another sign he doesn't have the experience in politics. Yet in the techdirt article I am leaving this comment in, is politicians just doing their normal knee jerk reaction stuff; ban gun sales to the no fly list, back doors to encryption, you know the normal stupid shit they do. So if I had to pick between Trump and the status quo, well bring on Trump.

    3. The 'real' politicians calling for no encryption and no gun sales to people on the no fly list. I say let them pass the gun sales into law right away, it is the perfect do nothing feel good thing for a 'real' politician and the best part is that it doesn't affect me. As far as the encryption debate goes, I say lets give the government what they want IF and only IF they can catch someone that is not using encryption first. Say for example a woman that posts here allegiance to ISIS on Facebook or husband that goes to Syria and/or Saudi twice in the last couple years and then they go on a non group associated terror spree.

    So no more reading the news for me for a few days, weeding through the bullshit is tiring.

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