a reply to: JBurns
I think you are absolutely right on this issue, and right to call out the person who made the clearly fallacious statement.
I think the FBI and other elements of the intelligence and law enforcement infrastructure in the US, not to mention my own country, are in a rather
tough spot at the moment. Those who have signed on to serve in those roles with the right ideas on board about what their service ought to mean, and
whose service they believe themselves to be in, would not agree with his statements in the slightest. They know that in the eyes of the people, their
purpose is supposed to be the protection of the rights, freedoms, liberty and lives of the people of the nation they are sworn to serve. They know
that in order to do that, they must be vigilant against any attempt by agency foreign or domestic, to assail those rights, freedoms, that liberty and
the lives of those people. They also know that with more people protecting themselves with cryptographic techniques, the elements of intelligence and
law enforcement work which are legitimate in their method of operation, and their aims, are easier to perform on the part of the services performing
them, not harder. This is because no legitimate organisation whose purpose is the protection of the aforementioned things, wants or needs access to
private data without a warrant or the knowledge of the owner of that information. They know that simple police work is more effective than mass
surveillance, against all manner of crimes, including but in no way limited to organised crime and terrorism.
However, the people running the systems that people object to so strongly that they would go to the inconvenience of protecting their data (and lets
face it, for all but the most tech savvy, it IS very inconvenient indeed to even think about these matters, leave alone actually learn the ropes of
protecting ones data from scratch), the people running these programs which violate privacy, which amount to unreasonable search and seizure, which
skirt the need for probable cause or acceptable cause for a warrant to be issued, know that if people protect themselves, their REAL job becomes
harder. There are, for the purposes of this discussion, those who know what their jobs REALLY are, who want to be able to access everything, at any
time, and those who do not know what their real purpose as operatives of the state are, who disagree with the access everything mentality.
Of those two, only one group has any business being part of a protectorate system, whose purpose is the defence of the people. The other ought to be
thrown in irons, beaten with metal bars and thrown into a septic pit.
Unfortunately, it seems as if the fellow whose comments have spawned this thread, is of the latter sort, rather than the former.
Make no bones about it, people of his ilk, who wish to penetrate the lives of innocent people for material gain, under the guise of protecting the
public, are of the lowest moral construction, and ought not be given clearance to operate under any official capacity. It is simply wrong that any of
the systems they use to do these things even EXIST, leave alone get actually used.
I often wonder what it would take, for the intelligence agencies to stop using these tools they have been developing at all. Would a mere protest of
any scale be good enough, or would it literally take a civil war breaking out, and the destruction of the system itself and the arrest and immediate
incarceration of any person known to have the blueprints for it within their brains, so that it were never able to be built again?
Either way, it is well past time that these agency morons in the FBI and beyond, accepted that their employment as data collectors for the purpose of
violating the rights of citizens, and for the purpose of selling data to third parties too, is illegitimate, that their way of life is illegitimate,
that the things they allege to fight for, are not the things they are actually in service of. It is, in short, time these people were forced to
re-evaluate the meaning of the things they do and the reasons they do them.