As JustShutUpAndObey, our courts of law are not interested in seeing justice done, but getting the bad-guy. And every suspect not convicted is a bad-guy who escaped, not an innocent who was exonerated.
This has to change before we consider forensic evidence. Otherwise they can just get a company to build a bad-guy detector which sounds an alarm when you point it at a suspect. Currently, like our detector dogs, that is the height of where forensic science can go.
Right now we're in a state where forensic labs are not impartial, and will skew their results to implicate, even to the point of committing open fraud.
In this state, the only purpose a forensic lab can serve is the same as detector dogs, to implicate the innocent and force a conviction.
Considering this optimistically, Burr and Feinstein have just revealed their own technological incompetence, trying to insist on using logic that is eye-rollingly archaic, cliche and long debunked.
Hopefully it will soon go the way of Evolution is only a theory.
The anti-nerd sentiment within our civic sectors is conspicuous, though I don't know if that's from 70s era academy culture or more general anti-intellectualism, which reoccurs whenever political discourse within a society gets too demagogy-esque. (e.g. Genocide more scapegoat minorities!) People don't like the more deliberate folk going Um...that doesn't sound like a very good idea.
Really they just want us brainy types to shut up and make them some better, faster, boomier nukes so they can blow each other to kingdom come.
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.