Yes. The US eventually became it's own version of a totalitarian police surveillance state (that smacks a lot of fascism, though we don't like to call it that). But this is definitely a different fascist empire than the one imagined.
It's kinda like if Joffrey poisoned his father Robert, and a more cunning Tomlin waited until Robert was good and dying before outing Joffrey's plot. And then Cersei manipulated the meeker Tomlin more easily than Joffrey to create a different, but still awful tyranny.
Also in the 1930s, Fascism was new and neat and exciting and didn't yet have all the negative associations with Naziism.
The Fascism-esque state we have, we sorta shambled into as flaws in the Republic were discovered / created and exploited.
In simple terms, there is more than enough probable cause here to get a warrant
Based on...??? The hateful sister or the techromancer encryption expert? Or do you just have a dog that sniffs out child porn and illegal thoughts?
If this case presents the bar by which a civilian to decrypt a drive, then any civilian can be forced to decrypt a drive.
And in that case, I can arrange a drive in your possession to which you have no password, and I can arrange that it allegedly has child porn and state secrets, and that you know the password and just ain't talkin'. And I can do that to any no-name shlub I want.
If he has nothing to hide, then he would decrypt the hard drives.
But you have things to hide, even if you believe you have never committed a crime, there is enough in your data to convict and jail you for the rest of your pathetic life. Be glad that no official has need to get you out of the way, or add you to his resume of imprisoned baddies. You are already a criminal.
He's being held in jail because he's found to be in contempt of court, which is a serious charge.
And this incident of contempt weakens the veracity of all other contempt charges. US history is already lousy with unfair rulings by justices too corrupt or incompetent to do their job. This is yet another example of how the authority of US courts is not in a commitment to fairness but down the barrel of a loaded gun.
Id Est with no more legitimacy than any other tyranny or terrorist.
We're already like Russia, China or any other nation unconcerned for the rights of their citizens. Worse, even, as we continue to pretend we have rights when incidenta like this show they are not assured.
Our legal system is at this point a smokescreen obfuscating a totalitarian system enforced by bandits and thugs. They only do us the disservice of finding an excuse for waiving our rights, when they should just call our arrest and imprisonment extrajudicial.
I assume it's happening already. We have presumption of guilt. We have faked forensic evidence. We have obtuse laws like the CFAA and Espionage Act by which enemies of the state can be incarcerated for long sentences. We have prosecutory discretion where attorneys can choose who they prosecute or not.
Essentially, if you're someone that an official doesn't like, you go to prison. If you're someone that an official likes, you don't go to prison.
Then you have extreme prison abuse, which is often fatal. And little oversight of it. If there was a genocide program in our prison systems, it could go on for years without the public ever knowing about it.
I think the excessive environmental pollution is probably symptomatic of regulatory capture, and that neither of our political parties value natural conservation or even environmental protection.
GMOs are momentarily an asset exclusively for the few companies making them, but the technology will eventually become public, and we'll be able to do what we want with those vegetables, including feeding more people.
Norman Borlaug used the technology of his time to facilitate the feeding of a billion people. The current epidemics of protectionism and IP maximalism isn't going to last forever, and we'll be able to craft foods with whatever features we want.
GMOs aren't going to feed more people today, but that's not the fault of GMOs, but the officers of the corporations that create them.
Regarding how we test GMOs, I suspect that we'd have to overhaul the FDA in the first place, since it, like all other agencies is vulnerable to regulatory capture.
Frankly, they it makes me sad when TV cops angst over their shady methods, and feel unclean when they get the bad-guy through illegal hacks, lies qnd unwarranted searches. Or when a TV cop shoots a bad guy in self defense who is later vindicated of the bigger crime.
In the real world, all that is standard operating procedure. No tears are shed for innocents gunned down. There is no guilt for perjury in a court of law, so long as they get the collar.