Summed Up Quite Well
In order for business and commerce to function over the Internet they need strong encryption.
It can't have backdoors, because the very existence of a back door gives hackers something to attack.
But totally unbreakable encryption will make life easy for terrorists and child pornographers and who knows what!
So this really amounts to a statement of the problem; the only difficulty is that it is posed as a statement of the solution, when clearly the three conditions can't be met simultaneously.
Eventually, though, even Congress will figure out how they can come close to squaring this triangle to get what they want. Yes, the Internet needs strong encryption without backdoors for E-commerce and so that American companies won't have their secrets stolen.
All right, we'll allow a plug-in for Internet browsers that lets you transmit credit card numbers and things like that using strong non-backdoored encryption.
And major corporations like IBM will be permitted to use strong non-backdoored encryption for their databases and their internal E-mails so that they can avoid being hacked by the Chinese and the Russians.
But the great unwashed will not be permitted access to strong non-backdoored encryption for their E-mails or files.
And how, exactly, is that to be achieved? Well, the good state of South Carolina is pointing the way to the future. Clearly, to prevent unauthorized encryption tools from running on computers, we'll all have to be using an operating system that has an uncanny resemblance to Red Star Linux from the DPRK.
Oh yes, they can come close enough to getting what they want to satisfy themselves.