Discuss: Backdoors and Encryption

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October 1, 2015 at 17:05:25
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that the US Government has changed its policies on requesting "backdoors" into computer systems. Discuss here if you think governments should ever be given backdoor access, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

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Justin


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#1
October 1, 2015 at 17:39:33
From Wikiquote.org:

"...I would like to see government reduced to no more than internal police and courts, external armed forces — with the other matters handled otherwise. I'm sick of the way the government sticks its nose into everything, now."

---The Robert Heinlein Interview (1973)

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
October 29, 2015 at 07:00:38
I totally agree. They want to control everything, just everything. Still, it is no good.
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#3
December 11, 2015 at 16:45:43
For the moment, they're focused on smartphone encryption of voice calls (and, i presume, text messages). It's bad enough that 99% of our fellow citizens are members of the "I have nothing to hide, so why should I care..." crowd -- and haven't the critical thinking skills to anticipate a time when they might actually need the protection of the Fourth Amendment.

The problem is, we know we can always devise ways to encrypt messages or content or whatever, that they can't crack. So many of us, myself included, put off organizing our systems that way.

Eventually, when the (now minority) private-citizens who actually earn our own livings, discover the exorbitant cost of the entitlements these so-called public servants have quietly conferred upon themselves, some of us are going to say "enough is enough", and begin discussing what to do about it. And when we do, and they realize we're exchanging information they can't decipher, here's what they will do:

Make it a felony, if not a treasonable offense to:

"Use un-authorized encryption methods for the exchange of information over electronic media."

It's important to understand the distinction. When the subject of encryption comes up now, they (our political leaders -- on both sides) justify the intrusion on the basis that they're trying to identify terrorists who are trying to kill us. Hence, how could any reasonable person argue against that?

But just around the corner, once they establish the necessity for them to be able to crack all encrypted communications over electronic media, when they find that people are still able to use those media with encryption methods that have no "back doors", the Orwellian logic will quickly follow:

"If you need to use encryption to hide something from the government, you are by definition engaging in criminal conduct -- of the most insidious kind."

If you think I'm an alarmist, conspiracy theorist, or general nut-case, just go Google a few key words for starters:

obama +"insider threat" (or) "executive order 13587"

This is an entire new-layer of surveillance bureaucracy to be embedded in every government agency, and at every authorized government contractor, where highly compensated "analysts and administrators" will be charged with the responsibility of "minding, recording, and profiling" the day-to-day activities of their peers. In other words, eliminate potential whistle-blowers and/or leakers who might consider divulging information about what our public-servants are doing. It also entails re-organizing their filesystems and backup protocols in order to effectively eviscerate the Freedom of Information Act.

This is not a prediction. It's been going on since 2011, following the Wikileaks incident, and they've poured hundreds of billions of Dollars into creating what amounts to the American equivalent of the Stasi, which was responsible for subjugating the East Germans post World War II.

I comes down to this: the more corrupt any government gets, the more it's leaders fear exposure by the citizens they exploit, and over whom they hold complete authority. Thanks to Google and YouTube, the corruption in our government (at every level) is still lying in plain sight, for anyone willing to take the time to examine it. Meanwhile, the burden of that corruption has required the governing elites (in both parties) to create $20-Trillion in new debt, and "print" $5-Trillion in US Dollars out of thin-air.

The irony? When that bubble finally does collapse, and we, collectively, are standing in the rubble of our "constitutionally-limited democratic republic", guess who will be in charge of damage control? That's right: the people who created the bubble in the first place.

FBO whoever raised this question, I hope this opinion/view provides some food for thought.


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