British Government Wants To Outlaw Secure Communication (To Keep You Safe)
Well at least someone finally had the candor to just come out and say it.
In the wake of recent terror attacks in Europe, British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for an end to secure communications technology.
In other words, he wants to ensure that you will never again be able to use encryption technology to maintain privacy.
Nothing should be safe from government’s prying eyes. Nothing.
This is the same sad cycle repeating itself yet again: something terrible happens, and government reacts by awarding themselves even more power and taking away even more freedom.
Prime Minister Cameron’s remarks came in a press conference in which he stated:
“The simple principle is this: do we want to allow a means of communications between people which, even in extremis, with a signed warrant from the home secretary personally, that we cannot read?”
“And my answer to that is, no, we must not. The first duty of any government is to keep out country and our people safe. . . The powers that I believe we need, whether on communications data or on the content of communications, I’m very comfortable that those are absolutely right for a modern, liberal democracy.”
Nice. Spying. Censorship. Unlimited control.
Cameron’s statement starts with a very fundamental premise that is repeated by politicians around the world (especially in the Land of the Free): ‘the first duty of any government is to keep our people safe.’
No, actually it’s not.
Politicians say over and over again, and people believe it. It becomes axiomatic through repetition.
But in fact there’s absolutely no legal or moral basis for that assertion whatsoever.
In the United States, for example, the Preamble states very clearly that the Constitution was drafted for multiple reasons.
Sure, one of those reasons is provide for the common defense. But there are several others, including to “secure the blessing of our liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
Nowhere does it say… anywhere… that ‘homeland security’ is far and away the most important duty of government.
What’s really interesting is that national defense and security are mentioned a grand total of… TWO times… in the entire body of the Constitution.