U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu says strong encryption without backdoors is a ‘national security priority’

“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

Read more in the full article here.

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


  1. How the hell did Lieu get into Congress? First, smart people typically avoid politics because they have more productive things to do with their lives.

    Second, smart people, especially with technical backgrounds, typically don’t get elected because they don’t have the psychopathic tendencies that seems to be a prerequisite for politicians, like lawyers do.

    When someone like Lieu actually sneaks into Congress, he offers refreshing truths. I’m sure he won’t get reelected.

  2. “FBI tries to frame this as privacy versus safety”

    Before anyone decides to hand the FBI the keys to everyone’s privacy, just think about who their CURRENT headquarters is named after.

  3. Small minds producing small visions: He’s not only a supporter of strong encryption without backdoors — Lieu considers it “a national security priority.”

    Really now, not too much egocentricity there. Reminds me of those guys who go “ME FIRST” cause they can only count to one.

    Newsflash Lieu, Strong encryption without backdoors should be a global security priority.

      1. Excellent point steveH, being a citizen of his nation and a human on planet Earth are not mutually exclusive. Well at least most people think so.

      1. I’m confused here, are you saying if other countries want to put backdoors in the encryption of their country that’s fine or if they want to put backdoors into the encryption of the country being discussed? I’d have issues with the latter.

  4. Hmm…how about politicians work on something useful. National debt, bad tax system, failing education system.
    Stop talking about stuff because it gets attention and actually do something useful.

  5. The beauty of encryption it thar it can become so difficult to crack that it becomes practically impossible for others to attempt hacking any digital device. Once it requires the equivalent of ten persons one thousand years to hack any device we win. Rather than discussing color options for iPhones Tim Cook needs to enhance encryption on all Apple devices. This should be his first, second, and third priorities.

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