Richard Clarke is the former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism for the United States. For nine years, he was the senior counterterrorism official in the U.S. government. As such, he is (or was) one of the government’s top experts on the various uses for encryption. In the recent controversy about possible decryption of an Apple iPhone, Clarke says that Apple was right and that the FBI has overstepped its legal boundaries.
In an NPR interview, Richard Clarke said, “Well, I don’t think it’s a fierce debate. I think the Justice Department and the FBI are on their own here. You know, the secretary of defense has said how important encryption is when asked about this case. The National Security Agency director and three past National Security Agency directors, a former CIA director, a former Homeland Security secretary have all said that they’re much more sympathetic with Apple in this case. You really have to understand that the FBI director is exaggerating the need for this and is trying to build it up as an emotional case, organizing the families of the victims and all of that. And it’s Jim Comey and the attorney general is letting him get away with it.
You can read a transcript of the interview at: http://goo.gl/4b5YWj.