Re: Collateral Dammage
"""1,000 of innocent people die annually due to the internal combustion engine, and while working to reduce the numbers, we accept this collateral damage as a consequence of the greater good."""
That argument does not fly, a car is made to transport people and goods, the immense majority of deaths caused by vehicles are mere accidents.
A gun sole purpose is to shoot at things, the immense majority of gun kills is in purpose.
"""Encryption has its place in the greater good, we just need to determine the balance point - the acceptable level of collateral damage for the benefit gained."""
Encryption is not a weapon but a tool, like a car, and encryption does not kill, people with guns, bombs and the intention to kill do.
The fact that they used a form of encryption to cover their tracks / hide their communications is irrelevant.
As someone pointed above, I'm more worried that in the last dozen or so Muslim Jihadi attacks the perpetrators (or the majority of them) were well known to the authorities, not only on this country but abroad too.
Two cases, there are lots and lots more, Google is your friend:
So yeah banning encryption will somehow fix incompetent "Politically Correct" politicians.