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    Regulators are like critics and reviewers. They genuinely think that their position on anything is the only possible position. They are entirely excluded from this, so they decided that it is an atrocity they alone can fix. And they do so by showing that they are largely ignorant fools with precious few exceptions.

    The justifications to ban encryption have been used by politicians and all manner of others. But just because someone may break an existing law using the Internet, that in no way means we need to make new redundant and useless laws to forbid that, much less to ban things that make it more difficult to see the crimes happening.

    We do not need new laws. We do not need regulators, nor regulation of the Internet. The tired and sorry excuse that some perverts may be producing or trading kiddie porn over the Internet is not enough because this was always a crime, even before the Internet.

    But at current we have no less than a few hundred redundant laws applying to such things. And each and every last one is useless in every case because the laws do not actually stop the crime.

    And yes, I could have chosen a less vile example, but this is probably the one that has the most redundancy. (And makes idiots froth and foam at the mouth that they cannot make more redundant laws.)

    If we banned the letter "A" from being used, written, or typed anywhere, it would still happen. If we then added more laws specific to the Internet to the same ends, it would change exactly nothing. The solution is actually very difficult for the idiot lawmakers to even comprehend.

    What must be done is to remove any redundant laws. And here is a great motivator to keep things sane. Make it illegal to make a redundant law. Then politicians would have to stop barking for further useless regulation and laws.

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    That is the Forth Amendment to the US Constitution. And according to that, you cannot be subjected to unreasonable searches. This strongly supports encryption, as without it your digital papers and effects are not in any way private.
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