Lawmakers urge FBI to stand down on decryption push – The Washington Post

Two lawmakers are urging FBI Director James Comey to drop his pursuit of a solution to enable law enforcement access to decrypted smartphone communications, arguing it is not possible without weakening device security.

In a June 1 letter to Comey, Reps. Will Hurd (R-Tex.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said they recognize law enforcement’s need to catch criminals and address security threats. But, they said, the FBI was proposing “to force private sector companies to weaken the security of their products and services by creating a ‘backdoor’ that allows law enforcement to circumvent encryption technology.’’

The answer is no. This country’s goin’ back to yesteryear. No more warrantless sneak and peaks, no more Stingrays, no more total general incompetence while we can’t even catch the terrorists we already have.

If I were a Senator, my answer to Comey would always be “Don’t bother asking. The answer will always be no. You’re lucky that your agency hasn’t been shut down for its complete uselessness.”

I am America’s Senior Comedian. Thank you for your kind attention in this matter.