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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    Ryunosuke, 7 Dec 2015 @ 11:17pm

    I have to question something....

    I have to question the qualifications of (some) of our elected officials. The statements made are nothing short of out right retarded (the dictionary definition and not a slang definition).

    The reason I say they are mentally handicapped, in the most literal sense, is that what they are asking for is so monumentally STUPID, that only someone with down's syndrome can make.

    Lets take a list of other things that should be banned because "Bad guys" use them, shall we?

    Air - Bad guys breath air, so lets ban air
    Food - Bad guys like to eat food, so lets ban food too.
    Cars - Cars are used to do bad things, like drunk driving, so lets all go back to horse and buggies.

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