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US Attorney General William Barr Has Encryption All Wrong

William Barr is an idiot. I’m not talking about his handling of the Mueller Report, nor am I talking about Ukrainian conspiracy theories. You can make up your own minds about those issues. I’m talking about Barr’s completely wrong, incorrect, so backward-it’s-right-out-the-damn-window stance on encryption. Both in a recent letter to Facebook and as far back as July, Barr has made it very clear that he wants backdoors into encrypted communication systems, consequences be damned.

This outlook puts the private messages of American citizens and anyone else who would use these platforms at risk, because a backdoor is still a door—and even a door with a lock on it can be opened.

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