“Ted Lieu is one of the few bona fide computer geeks in Congress,” Andy Meek reports for BGR. “Even if you didn’t already know the California Democrat is one of only four congressmen (out of a total of 535) with a computer science degree, it’s the kind of thing that quickly becomes apparent when talking to the Stanford grad about a range of privacy and encryption matters.”

“He’s not only a supporter of strong encryption without backdoors — Lieu considers it ‘a national security priority,'” Meek reports. “As the idealogical fault lines over encryption and privacy continue to sharpen and government officials past and present continue moving over to this or that side of the line, Lieu represents an influential addition to the debate. Notwithstanding his membership in the minority party in the House, he’s a current federal lawmaker who thinks that writing new laws around encryption and privacy is something the government isn’t ready to tackle quite yet.”

The FBI tries to frame this as privacy versus safety. And when you frame it that way, of course you’d say, well, we want our lives. But that’s not the proper frame. Because you can’t do back doors just for the good guys. – U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu

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MacDailyNews Take: The FBI, in a despicable attempt to never let a serious crisis go to waste, using dead and injured victims of Islamic terrorism to try to force the courts and public opinion to grant them a skeleton key into iOS.

Luckily for liberty, on that count, the FBI failed miserably this time around.

Congressman Ted Lieu asks FBI to drop demand that Apple hack iPhones – February 23, 2016