Irate Congressman Gives Cops Easy Rule: “Just Follow the Damn Constitution”

Despite the best efforts of law enforcement to convince a Congressional subcommittee that technology firms actually need to weaken encryption in order to serve the public interest, lawmakers were not having it.

During testimony, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who described himself as a “recovering computer science major,” provided one of the most forceful statements. (He is just one of four House members with computer science degrees.) Lieu also is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves and served for four years as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Rep. Lieu stated, “… that’s why our founders put in the Constitution of the United States—that’s why they put in the Fourth Amendment. Because they understand that an Orwellian overreaching federal government is one of the most dangerous things that this world can have.”

Yu can read more and also watch a lengthy video of the testimony in an article by Cyrus Farivar published in ArsTechnica at http://goo.gl/hAelsU.

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