…or, Cry me a fucking river:
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said on Tuesday that new forms of encryption capable of locking law enforcement officials out of popular electronic devices imperil investigations of kidnappers and sexual predators, putting children at increased risk.
This may well be true. And yeah, it sucks. But you know what? Maybe if the government hadn’t made it a habit of spying on us all and treating everyone as potential criminals, the market for more secure devices and operating systems wouldn’t be so hot. What else did they expect to happen when they basically threw the presumption of innocence out the window and started shitting all over the Fourth and Fifth Amendments?
You know what this is, right? This is the Free Market at work, in conjunction with the Law of Unintended Consequences. When you start treating all law-abiding citizens like potential criminals, sooner or later — in this case, with the aid of Big Tech wanting to take advantage of the market — they’re going to rebel. It looks like many people still believe in the old principle “better a hundred guilty men go free than one innocent man be punished.” I can understand the argument that law enforcement should be able to access the contents of a device that belongs to a potential criminal with the application of due process. But with the way that law enforcement has made a mockery of such, I completely understand the demand for this. The government has proved itself to be utterly unworthy of the trust placed in it by the citizens time and time again. And their chickens are coming home to roost.
So you know what this is, right? This is yet another problem made worse by Big Government. Free people get treated by criminals by said Big Government as it shits all over the Supreme Law of the Land, free people don’t like it, and Big Tech sees green and starts making products to protect said people’s rights under said Supreme Law. So more guilty people are going to get off. Thanks, Big Government! They couldn’t have done it without you!
(Actually, you could probably say that Big Government treats Free People worse than criminals, because with what Big Government does to Free People vis-a-vis their Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, if criminals were handled the same way, good lawyers could probably get them off if the government bungled things bad enough. See: exclusionary rule.)