Encryption: Something magic that we only know a few things about, but we know everything that matters.. We don't know what it is or what it's for, but we know it's not important enough to keep around and we know it's somehow the key to stopping terrorism and we know the techies could just make the problem go away if they weren't so obstinate.
Agreed, but the point is that either someone is a terrorism suspect in the eyes of the law (and should be treated as such) or not you can't have it both ways.
The argument here is that they can remove little freedoms here and there without having to show any specific reason at all. These people are not suspects, they aren't being treated as suspects, they are just people that the govt doesn't want to own guns, just in case they might be dangerous.
It's not like if our tech companies stop making encryption it suddenly disappears off the face of the planet either. There will still be companies striving to make good products out there.. They just won't be from here.
I focused on the word "designed" in this sentence.. There isn't allot that is designed to violate someone's privacy.. It's nearly always going to be a side effect of some other design.. Trying to gather all the data in the world to satiate your massive OCD for instance (looking at you NSA).
Yeah, isn't the justification something more like that they don't need to have due process because they aren't actually punishing people or something? I swear it was explained to me at some point how it supposedly doesn't violate due process even though the accuser literally gets to declare people guilty.