There is growing concern that U.S. intelligence agencies have rushed to create digital weapons that they cannot keep safe from adversaries or disable once they fall into the wrong hands
Judicial scrutiny becomes particularly important when executive officials assert that individual rights must yield to national security and foreign policy imperatives.
One of the biggest arguments against mandating backdoors in encryption is the fact that criminal hackers and foreign governments will be able to exploit the backdoor to use it themselves.
The morning after final passage of the USA Freedom Act, while some foes of mass surveillance were celebrating, Thomas Drake sounded decidedly glum. The new law, he told me, is “a new spy program.” It restarts some of the worst aspects of the Patriot Act and further codifies systematic violations...
Americans were rightly outraged when they learned that US intelligence agencies relied on secret law to monitor millions of law-abiding US citizens. The American people are now on high alert for new secret interpretations of the law.
Before June 1 we expect to see plenty of fear-mongering from intelligence officials and national security hawks.
It apparently doesn’t bother them at all that an Appeals Court already ruled the use of the law for mass surveillance by the NSA is illegal. The best move for Congress would be to just let Section 215 expire.
Not addressed in the bill are a slew of other spying authorities in use by the NSA that either directly target the communications of American citizens.