[Cryptography] Hillary on encryption: 'maybe the back door isn't the right door'

Henry Baker hbaker1 at pipeline.com
Sun Dec 20 12:20:09 EST 2015

FYI --

Perhaps C&W songs may have the last word(s), after all:

[Tim Cook's song ?]

  There's no use lying
  'Cause I've heard all your bullshit before
  You've said your old line
  For the very last time
  I don't want you 'round my back door

[James Comey's song ?]

  Front door's shut
  Back door too
  Blind's pulled down
  What you gonna do


Hillary Clinton on encryption: 'maybe the back door isn't the right door'

By T.C. Sottek on December 19, 2015 10:16 pm @chillmage 

Democrats have strange ideas about the internet, too.  At tonight's ABC News presidential debate, candidates offered a number of vague, borderline-illiterate thoughts about technology, especially Hillary Clinton.  It all started when ABC gave her an inane prompt, characterizing encryption as a "terrorist tool used in the Paris attacks."  In response, Clinton suggested that, instead of breaking encryption, the US should launch a "Manhattan-like project" to "bring the government and tech communities together" so that law enforcement can "prevent attacks."


"Maybe the back door isn't the right door, and I understand what Apple and others are saying about that," Clinton said.  "I just think there's got to be a way, and I would hope that our tech companies would work with government to figure that out."  None of that makes any sense, of course.  Figure out a way to do what?  Breach fully encrypted communications?  (That's called a backdoor.)  Improve information sharing between industry and government?  (We already have PRISM and CISA.)  Clinton's non-answer here is essentially Trumpian: don't worry about the details, the experts will figure it out.

"It doesn't do anybody any good if terrorists can move toward encrypted communication that no law enforcement agency can break into before or after," Clinton said.  "There must be some way.  I don't know enough about the technology to be able to say what it is, but I have a lot of confidence in our tech experts."

    Aaaaaaaaand Hillary just terrified everyone with an internet connection. #DemDebate
    -- Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 20, 2015 

Her opponents on stage didn't do any better.  Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland and current Stepford Husband, delivered a vague meditation on... something.  At least it was folksy.  "We need to figure this out together," O'Malley said.  "The way things work in the modern era is actually to gather around a table and figure things out.  With the new technologies, I believe the people creating these products have an obligation to come together with law enforcement to figure these things out." 

Go ahead and gather around your surveillance table, Mr. O'Malley -- you'll find many of your Republican opponents there.  Just make sure whoever you invite to sit there gets a warrant.


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