Remember that whole Bill of Rights thing added to the Constitution?
Yep, that solemn addendum without which the Constitution itself would never have been ratified is now, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray, something that should be adhered to ‘in balance’ against the needs of the government to access personal information, particularly info on our phones.
Because, in the past, Americans have never had to be concerned about a government getting access to their property without due process.
So, clearly, we should just trust that the FBI would never, ever want to get our personal information unless there were a really good reason for it.
Well, except maybe unless we were being ‘incidentally’ surveilled by the state for political reasons or perhaps accidentally caught up in the unmasking of our information in a broader national security sweep.
But other than that, we should be totally fine. Nothing to see here; moving right along.
Here’s more from Redstate…
You know the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Constitution? FBI Director Christopher Wray thinks they need to be compromised instead of respected strictly!
FBI Director Wray wants you to think Apple is the issue when they make iPhone encryption so good, that the FBI has trouble breaking into one. But it’s not. The issue is FBI’s mindset of entitlement to have complete access to your personal information on demand:
Wray adds that he believes that there needs to be some kind of balance between public safety and encryption, but whether or not tech companies or the public feels the same way is a different story. “I get it, there’s a balance that needs to be struck between encryption and the importance of giving us the tools we need to keep the public safe. The threats that we face keep accumulating, they are complex, they are varied.”
Sorry, there’s no balancing against the Constitution. You must resign immediately if you refuse to obey it. The Fourth amendment says “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated” and the right to encrypt our data in a secure manner helps us be secure in our papers and effects.