• Calling Bull on Obama’s Call for Law Enforcement Access to Encryption

    March 14, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    As the government’s fight to eliminate encryption as we know it, and ensure themselves unfettered access to all of all Americans’ communications, spreads out of the most-mediagenic example with Apple, Barack Obama has weighed in, using some of the oldest and sleaziest scare tactics available.

    Speaking to an audience of technology executives at the South by Southwest festival, Obama said America had “already accepted that law enforcement can rifle through your underwear” in searches for those suspected of preying on children, and he said there was no reason that a person’s digital information should be treated differently.

    “If, technologically, it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system, where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there is no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer?” Obama said. “How do we disrupt a terrorist plot?”

    If the government has no way into a smartphone, he added, “then everyone is walking around with a Swiss bank account in your pocket… This notion that somehow our data is different and can be walled off from those other trade-offs we make, I believe, is incorrect.”


    Obama has resorted to the low-level scare tactics, invoking a landscape where pedophiles and terrorist employ encryption to prey on our children, and blow up our homes. And the president insists we trust him on this, that should the government gain access to all of our communications via some encryption backdoor, the tool will only be used for hard-to-argue with good — specifically, child pornographers and terrorists.

    Now do keep in mind that this is the same president who promised us soon after the Snowden revelations came out in 2013 that the feds were looking at “only metadata” and not reading Americans’ communications.

    That said, maybe I am wrong to be so cynical. Maybe this time Obama is sincere in needing those encryption backdoors to protect us from the pedos and jihadis.


    So, Barack, let’s put up or shut up.

    You tell us exactly how many American communications your NSA, et al, have gathered in say the last five years. You then tell us how many of those communications had unbreakable encryption applied. Then tell us how many of those encrypted messages were directly connected to child porn or unambiguous terrorism cases. Then tell us exactly how many of those cases were left unprosecuted only because of some encrypted message.

    And no cheating by falling back on the equally old scare tactic of “well, if we disrupt on case, it’s all worth it, I mean what if it was your child.” We are talking about abrogating the entire Fourth Amendment here. And as you say safety is worth sacrificing for, I say freedom is worth dying for.

    You tell us all that, and let us — the people you are spying on — weigh out the risk-versus-gain, the so-called trade off between our freedom and our safety. And unless and until you’re ready to throw some real cards on the table, I call bullsh*t on your arguments. Sir.



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    • Helen Marshall said...

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      Why are we surprised by any of this any longer? Been clear for years what side the administration is on.

      03/14/16 8:56 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      A lot of people think Barry is just like us in many ways. He isn’t. I get a glint of a guy with a devious mind. His wife may not even know who he really is since it takes a male to kinow another male. He loves the idea of power and wealth. His mission is in serving the rich. That doesn’t seem to jibe with Christianity I know, but anything to enhance the control of the rich over the “rest” of us is at the core of his beliefs and agenda.

      03/14/16 10:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The NSA must have some juicy dirt on the guy.

      03/14/16 10:35 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- of course, That is part of the vetting process for any POTUS wanna be. They know stuff Barry would prefer not be made public. He seems to have been drawn towards the reefer bliss a lot more than he has let on etc etc. Deals are struck- I will work for you and you will help burnish my image.

      03/14/16 11:09 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Black male

      03/14/16 12:44 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “And as you say safety is worth sacrificing for, I say freedom is worth dying for.”

      So why is Obama fighting against the country going dark?

      http://11oclocknews.typepad.com/the_11_oclock_news/2016/03/gop-since-1963.html

      03/14/16 12:47 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”That doesn’t seem to jibe with Christianity I know, but anything to enhance the control of the rich over the “rest” of us is at the core of his beliefs and agenda.”unquote

      What the heck does Christianity have to do with this fucking schmuck. Have you EVER seen any time he and his family went to church while he’s been president?
      Christian my ass.
      Peter said:

      “We are talking about abrogating the entire Fourth Amendment here. And as you say safety is worth sacrificing for, I say freedom is worth dying for.”

      Yeah, and I say, notwithstanding the Framers, I’ve got a
      gut feeling a couple of hundred thousand soldiers who’ve died for these “freedoms” would be gathering around the White House about now ready to drag this scumbag out by the heels ready to hang his ass. Safety? Don’t make me fucking laugh. This ain’t about safety. This is about buttoning up his deal with the PTB before he leaves office.

      Look. This is simple. In essence, what these tyrants are trying to do is amend the Constitution without amending it, by hook or crook. Obuttface is just trying to grease the asshole of America before the FBI buttfucks it.

      Now excuse me..I have to puke.

      03/15/16 5:03 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      And he’s already agreeing to sharing all the information he finds with other countries. Can’t have those IRS scofflaws sneaking off into the wilds of Canada. The Canadians are pissed at Trudeau for this shit and want to hold hearings in parliament, but as one Canadian said in a comment, it’s unlikely too many Canadians need to be worried since so few really want to be in the US for any reason these days.

      “Trudeau, Obama Quietly Agree to Share Personal Information on Citizens:
      During Trudeau’s visit to Washington, DC last week, the duo worked out a national security deal wherein both countries will share information on their citizens who wish to travel across the border. […]”

      http://sputniknews.com/us/20160314/1036274184/trudeau-obama-agree-information-sharing.html 

      03/15/16 6:08 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      “[…] If the government has no way into a smartphone, he added, ‘then everyone is walking around with a Swiss bank account in your pocket…’ […]”

      Okay, that should be ‘then everyone is walking around with a Swiss bank account in HIS pocket’, but who am I to correct the POTUS’ grammar? He was talking here about the “tax evaders” who are “hiding from the IRS”, and I must say, I did not have any idea that owning a smartphone was the ticket to wealth and a key piece in tax avoidance.

      I must get me one of these.

      03/15/16 6:16 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      teri said:
      “I must get me one of these.”

      You mean to tell me, you and me are the last two people on the planet who don’t own one?? 🙂

      btw, emptywheel has a great post on the Apple/FBI bullshit.

      https://www.emptywheel.net/2016/03/14/dojs-clear-threat-to-go-after-apples-source-code/

      Living proof US Attorneys are spawned in a cesspool.

      Speaking of pond scum.. as I mentioned a few days ago, I thought Trump should be arrested for “inciting” violence. Looks like someone with authority to do it was thinking the same thing. But.. they decided not to….

      http://www.news24.com/World/News/officials-decide-against-charging-trump-over-inciting-rally-violence-video-20160315

      Give it a month. We ain’t seen nothin yet. I still predict someone’s gonna get killed before this circus is over. THEN we’ll see who they arrest. If we’re so lucky…the drinks will be on me.

      03/15/16 7:31 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Pitch,

      Nope, I do not own a cellphone of any sort. I have a landline that, guess what?, notifies me when someone is trying to call, allows me to talk to that person if I choose to answer it, takes a message if I don’t, and has the happy distinguishing feature that there is no possibility whatsoever it can annoy me (or any other random people nearby) when I am away from home.

      Others assure me I am missing out on something vital, even existential, to my continued journey in this earthly realm, but I have yet to glean what that might be.

      03/15/16 8:42 AM | Comment Link

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