Also, assuming an otherwise unmarked drone, local data storage could be configured to automatically be wiped if the drone were to be shutdown/disabled in an uncontrolled manner, eliminating any onboard proof as to which agency was operating the device.
I was addressing the specific question (above) of needing to rekey every device on the planet every time the master key was used, using an example based on a system I use on a regular basis.
It wasn't a dissertation on how to design a system for Comey.
And to address your point "the key being passed around": from a purely technically perspective, that could be addressed, too. It increases cost, and makes the system more burdensome to use, but at the end of the day you'd only reduce exposure in some areas and increase it in others.
Any individual technical question could likely be addressed with technology we have today, at least at small scale.
But when you combine the necessary technologies and scale to global proportions, the loss expectancies, risk, and threat profiles get really ugly, really fast.
Sort of. Crypto systems have been designed (and are in use) that allow for key splitting to occur (Require X of Y key holders to input a unique key to perform an operation), but while the concept is elegant, the implementations I've personally seen and used are somewhat clunky (although admittedly quite secure, within human limits)
If you coupled that type of system above with a along with a hypothetical compliant, cryptographically perfect public key infrastructure, you could theoretically get to a point where every device had a PKI-Based Additional Decryption Key (ADK) burned into it at manufacture, with private keying material stored behind an X of Y key-split system.
But from a practical perspective, you might as well start from the premise of a perfectly spherical, purple cow, because even if you could make the math flawless, the entire system has to be implemented flawlessly, including the legal and human elements, or it's ultimately going to become worthless.
It's not going to be a problem if (when) someone sets up a kickstarter campaign to purchase the "internet histories" for members of Congress and the Senate, right? Might have to set up a shell company to do it, I guess.
After all, it shouldn't be a big deal for that information to get published, given that all of our elected political heroes are fine, upstanding citizens with nothing untoward in their browsing history.
Oversight - You keep using that word. I do not think our elected political heroes think that it means what you think that it means.
o·ver·sight noun 1. an unintentional failure to notice or do something. "He said the committee's failure to pay the least bit of attention to the actions of the three-letter agency was an oversight" synonyms: mistake, error, omission, lapse, slip, blunder;
2. the action of overseeing something. "effective oversight of the financial reporting process"
Also, removing clear-cut conflicts of interest on the governmental side (civil asset forfeiture, for-profit incarceration, re-election). If we want to throw people in prison, fine, but it's on society to pay for it, so maybe we should think about how many of our tax dollars we want going towards keeping each class of offender incarcerated.
Something else that might be worth considering is requiring a jury trial, and disallowing plea-bargains (with an actual, funded guarantee of competent defense). Possibly throw in outright dismissal of charges with financial reparations to the defendant for certain classes of crime if the trial cannot be completed in X amount of time if the delays are on the State side.
There are lots of things that could change, but none of them are workable in an era where an "honest politician" can be most readily defined as "one that stays bought".
Revised Code of Washington (RCW) The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is the compilation of all permanent laws now in force. It is a collection of Session Laws (enacted by the Legislature, and signed by the Governor, or enacted via the initiative process), arranged by topic, with amendments added and repealed laws removed. It does not include temporary laws such as appropriations acts. The official version of the RCW is published by the Statute Law Committee and the Code Reviser.
The RCW Index document - just the index - as of December 2016, is a 748 page PDF. It is single-spaced, uses a small (10 point)? font, and runs 3 columns per page. There are no blank pages that I noticed flipping through it.
Those are just the state laws. Now, add in all of the County, City, and Tribal laws that a typical local LEO is expected to enforce, and you've built a system where officers can legitimately assume that anyone they're interacting with is breaking _some_ law.
I don't lock my luggage anymore, for US domestic travel at least.
"Sorry officer, no idea what that might be. I didn't put it in there, and I didn't leave it alone until I handed it to the airline agent. How many people did you say handled my bag before you found it?"
I also don't check anything of any value, but then, I never have.