from the well,-that's-one-plan dept
A spokesman for the FBI, when asked to comment on Marlinspike’s law-breaking philosophy, replied, “The First Amendment protects people who hold whatever view they want. Some people are members of the KKK. I’m not going to engage in a debate with him.”This is insane on multiple levels. First off, what a weird thing to pull out. Here's someone building tools to help keep the public private and secure. Why would the KKK be the FBI's immediate go to in terms of talking about him? Second, what does any of this have to do with the First Amendment? I guess they're saying that Moxie is free to support the idea that it's good that people can break some laws. But, still, saying the FBI "won't engage in a debate" with Moxie is again missing the point.
I get that many in the law enforcement realm believe (incorrectly) that strong encryption makes us less safe. And, so I can understand that those misguided folks might not like Moxie at all. But it seems like a pretty big leap to go from that to bringing up the KKK.