Confused as usual
Correct me if I'm wrong, but is the linking of backdoors and SSL not confusing the issue?
The only way to hide info from prying eyes would be to encrypt data at source before sending it over the wire. I can see how backdoors in encryption software at this stage would be a problem, but what has that to do with SSL?
If my understanding is right, putting money into SSL is a red herring anyway. Any government big enough could force ISPs (or telcos) to route SSL communications through proxies for MITM purposes.