I'm going to need a citation here. I cannot recall ever seeing anything that reported Wyden saying that he would voluntarily break the law in order to reveal classified information, even for the good of the American public.
Also, unless you want to escape to and then live in Russia for the rest of your life, it's probably not a great idea to do this. Expecting a politician to have the bravery, courage, and expertise to pull it off is unreasonable.
Re: A simple yet costly solution for a complex problem.
Honestly, I doubt it would be that costly. What reasonable percentage of Google's income is likely to come from France? 3%? Maybe 2%? It would be well worth it in the longer run, if it got rid of all the extra hoops Google has to jump through to appease these luddites.
Where is the middle ground in math? Please show it to me. That "gray" area where compromise can be achieved if we just do the math differently. Maybe use long division instead of the new funky division? Please tell me.
Heck, even with encryption it is scary using money online! Most companies have embraced at least the minimum of encryption between here and there (SSL, TLS, etc), but still haven't grasped the need to keep their customer's data protected at rest. How many "big" websites have had to admit they were hacked and had customer data stolen?
Foiling law enforcement is just a handy side-effect.
But in all seriousness, no one ever said law enforcement was supposed to be easy. In fact, much of the process involved is to make sure that it is *not* easy. When law enforcement becomes too easy, you get what we've basically got now: a police state.
Part of the problem, of course, is that the folks that wrote the original copyright laws did not (or could not) foresee a time when things didn't have to be "real" to exist. As much as I despise most things copyright, and I totally understand Mike's point here, the fact is that if the concept of digital files had been conceived then, they would likely have included it in the way the Copyright Office describes.
However, since the Copyright Office has no problems at all with unlimited retroactive clawbacks, I say screw them and their interpretations.
All of this has already happened. The NSA developed a backdoored encryption algorithm and then pushed ANSI, ISO, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to adopt it as a formal standard. The NSA also paid off several companies to utilize it as a basis in their encryption products. The fact that the everyday American doesn't know anything about this makes me a sad panda.
You make a really good point actually. The fear of being seen to do "nothing" does seem to be a real thing for politicians. Even though nothing is what they've been accomplishing lately with all of their partisan bickering.