According to the US governments definition I can't think of a single high level government official that is NOT engaged in terrorism against their own citizens. Section (B)(i) is especially problematic with regards to the Trump administration. If I'm reading this right, then many of his executive orders are instruments of terrorism, plain and simple. Hell, the recently withdrawn AHCA fits (B)i and (B)ii to a tee, and possibly (B)iii.
Definitions that are hard coded into the law can be just as big a security breach as security keys hard coded in software. But potentially far more devastating. After all, you can't patch the law the second Tuesday of every month.
18 Us Code s2331 (5) the term “domestic terrorism” means activities that— (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
It has never been about encryption per se. It has always been about power and essentially, laziness. Why actually investigate something when you don't have to? Easier to coerce a confession, false or real doesn't matter. Just a conviction. If breaking someones encryption is the easiest APPARENT way to 'solve' a crime, it's a no-brainer from the LEO perspective.
People need to remember, it never has been about 'justice', just closing cases.
Don't forget that Amazon reserves the "right" to delete any ebook from your Kindle at any time. Ironically, they debuted this when they stripped Kindles of copies of 1984 that had been legally purchased.
With the number of times that police have been caught framing suspects, planting evidence, losing evidence, withholding exculpatory evidence, etc, the judges lack of sanctions is inexcusable. The day that the courts loudly proclaimed that all cops could lie their asses off with impunity, is the day that the judiciary sacrificed their own credibility and honour on the altar of the LEOs.
Yes, we should all have at least 100/100 Mb connections. The telecoms gave all that money to their shareholders instead. If you actually look at the conditions that were placed on them there are so many weasel words it is positively insane.
Prime example of why NO company should ever be allowed to write legislation.
The Western world is at the point now where data acquisition meets or exceeds that behind the Great Firewall of China. The only difference is that it is not the government doing the spying, it is business. Thanks to the third party doctrine and the All Writs act, the governments here in the US have access to all of it. And almost always without the need for something as onerous as a warrant or even probable cause.
Obama refused to crack down on these activities adequately and has handed Trump tools and weapons that no president should have. I'd say that it is up to Congress now to do their jobs, but since they work for the corporations, and not the people, that isn't going to happen.
While I think that Obama did a number of good things, I sure wish that he had had the balls to actually heed the warnings that he was given. Like LBJ, (in regards to Vietnam), Obama was too worried about being called a pussy to do that right things about T.W.A.T. Now we all, Americans and the entire world, are going to be forced to deal with the consequences of his inaction.
I sure hope like hell that in 2020 Americans remember this kind of crap and put someone in the White House who isn't too cowardly or psychotic to do the right thing for the country. It's time we voted in people who KNOW that they work for the best interests of the people, not the best interests of the government, or the corporations.