Statist North Carolina Republican senator Richard Burr, together with statist California Democrat senator Dianne Feinstein, are conspiring to make a law that would force tech companies to assist law enforcement agencies in breaking into encrypted electronic devices belonging to suspected criminals or terrorists.
You see, the hallmark of statism is using force to accomplish political ends and statists aren’t the least bit shy about doing so by violating the United States Constitution. Privacy advocates are criticizing the measure as a grave threat to consumer privacy, and it surely is all of that, but it is also a grave threat to the constitutional rights of business owners.
The statists are claiming the authority over all individuals that they may not rely upon digital encryption technology to protect their personal privacy and secrets. At the same time, the statists are claiming the authority to enslave business owners to the whims and dictates of the government in violation of the Thirteenth Amendment.
If statists can force businesses to serve them against the interests of their customers then we are all in danger of losing our liberty. If statists can force businesses and individuals to do things against their own interests then they can force us to do anything against our will. The Bill of Rights would be nullified.
"The proposed policy is misguided and will ultimately lead to increased insecurity rather than increased security," Dean Garfield, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, said Friday. "This bill is a clear threat to everyone's privacy and security," declared a spokesperson with the American Civil Liberties Union.
The statists contend that since terrorists and criminals are increasingly relying on encrypted electronic devices to hide from authorities the government must have some recourse with which to defeat encryption. But free individuals are entitled to encryption. We are entitled to keep our secrets.
The statists do not enjoy authority to access our secrets by force.