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    The TL;DR of TFA would appear to be that “we have to make sure all encryption systems have a government-accesible backdoor,” including advocating for government regulation of corporations to ensure they include encryption mechanisms that can be defeated by law enforcement, in the interests of fighting crime and terrorism.

    This is also coming from the man who promulgated The Case for More Incarceration where he advocates jailing more Americans (the United States has more prisoners than any other country in the world in both absolute and per capita terms), and for giving the government more power for asset forfeiture.

    He also oversaw the implementation of a 1992 program that recorded metadata of nearly all international phone calls to and from the United States (the vast majority of which were, of course, made by innocent people).

    Take all that how you will.

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      I plan to write a thorough rebuttal soon.

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        Schneier et al already did. They argue there’s many ways for them to get what they need without systematic weakening of everything we have a la BULLRUN. We just need to keep passing that along and/or simplify it into blog posts that highlight the easy options that most people would agree addresses needs of law enforcement and the courts.

        Easiest being using specific, targeted warrants for metadata or data that a third party executes, delivering just the needed information. The LEO’s and spy agencies don’t get the full access since they’re untrustworthy. The courts can put person in contempt or something for not giving the key to the third party. It’s not perfect but it’s a start. Maybe laws passed ensuring they protect and handle the info correctly.

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        The tsunami of opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamine that started surging into the United States from Mexico in the latter years of the Obama Administration is one of the greatest dangers to the wellbeing of our Nation that we face today. In a single year, more Americans die from drug overdoses than we lost in the entire Vietnam War. In addition to this death toll, hundreds of thousands of lives are destroyed. The vast majority of the drugs are trafficked into the United States by large, transnational criminal organizations

        Wait. What!?

        by large, transnational criminal organizations

        https://theweek.com/articles/541564/how-american-opiate-epidemic-started-by-pharmaceutical-company

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          I mean, I don’t disagree with him that large, transnational criminal organizations are responsible for the opioid crisis.

          I think we may disagree on who those large, transnational criminal organizations are and why they’re criminals…

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          [Encryption] degrades the ability of law enforcement to detect and prevent crime before it occurs.

          Interesting how Barr is weaving in a subtle case for dragnet-style law enforcement with mass surveillance powers.

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            He’s clueless. US Law Enforcement has been trying to force backdoors into encryption for decades at this point.

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              What’s subtle about it?

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              Response from Matt Green https://mobile.twitter.com/matthew_d_green/status/1153684919434055680?s=21

              “…But what they do have is time, and the inevitability that given enough of it, something terrible will happen to America on their watch. And they’ll be able to push these proposals without the need for debate. That’s where we are, and it should scare you.”