Yet another one? How do we get rid of him fast?
Is there a hatchery somewhere? We need to know. Then send Wikus van der Merwe and his cleaners around to remove this illegal setup from the premises. With government lizards like these, we will get prawned in no time!
I also have the impression there have been quite a few people saying "encryption is BAD, m'okay". Similar to the well-manufactured "construction of opinion" about the dangerous Ukraine brawl, this is likely to be a concerted effort at meme injection into the hoi polloi body.
In The History of Public Key Cryptography with Whitfield Diffie, Whitfield Diffie says:
The bottom line of society is that you bear the consequences of your actions. Si, if I know something that the court can legitimately order me to tell them, I can either tell them or go to jail. [American journalist] james Risen is willing to go to jail rather than to reveal his source because he thinks the right and the power of reporters to talk to sources and protect them is indispensable to the news business and to democracy.
[FBI director] Comey wants to take away that choice. The state can always take any information you have without your permission, so that you have no freedom to refuse the state anything. That's a relatively new notion.
So, privacy of communication had certain limits, but there was a solid privacy of face-to-face communication, which was the most important mode of communication at that time.
Since the 20th century or so, remote real-time communication has become feasible and has risen to challenge face-to-face communication as a component of culture. You and I might never meet, but we can talk very satisfactorily on the telephone. Some people in society never meet the people they work or otherwise communicate with. We can expect that, as communications improve and we go from kilobaud to terabaud, the occurrence of these remote encounters will be greater and greater.
If remote communication must be accessible to the state, society will have an awful bug in the sense that it can move away from freedom in a way that can't be corrected. To paraphrase [lawyer and politician] Frank Church, if the intelligence community can turn its power on the American people, there will be no freedom and no way to restore democracy. I think that looks very prophetic at the moment.