If this is not about taxes and fees, it about "Because SCARY!"
CFAA was a response to Wargames.
DHS and a bit of incoherent word salad inflatable-tubeman-arm-waving seems likely to be in response to...
Now that the IoT is a reality, with computerized self driving big-rigs and cars on the way too, WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING to prevent the wholesale slaughter of humans in preparation of the alien colonization of earth!
It is all very reasonable and sensible if you ask me.
“In my experience, there is no way to compromise these election systems,” said Ronald McDonald, head of Westmoreland County's computer burger department. "I Have been given every assurance from The Hamburgler that there is no way!"
The fibers, purchasing a hack of doofus's work phone seems more like a crappy divorce settlement. They paid a ton, although not to a lawyer this time, and still didn't get to keep the house, the kids, the dog, or the cash...
'cause when he says ..."that a dual key solution would work. He says this with 100% confidence -- that if Apple and law enforcement had a shared key it would be "just like a safety deposit box."
Because it is a SAFE DEPOSIT BOX!
It is a little box, in a SAFE, a bank vault more specifically, that can be opened by a high school dropout, that has completed a correspondence course in "locksmithing" with a crappy battery powered drill motor, and a court order.
The only "safety" involved in the whole thing is the goggles the guy with the drill motor is hopefully wearing when he opens your box.
Outlaw all mobile phones other than Blackberry in the US.
Since Canada was/is able to access both (all two or three that were recently sent)"encrypted" messages sent on Blackberry devices, just mandate that the use of a non-Blackberry mobile device in the US or while communicating with a US person is now a capital crime.
When We outlaw the Sale, Importation, Transfer, and Possession of non-Blackberry mobile communication device in the US or by US persons world-wide, including the moon or anywhere else in Sol orbit the "encryption" problem will be solved, 'cause Canada will be able to access all of the messages, calls, texts, emails, photos (and we all know those are mostly 2AM dick-pics anyway), and forward them directly to the appropriate government agency, likely at least a trio of: NSA, FBI, & NYPD, we'll all be safer.