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A Top Department of Justice Official Argues with Himself Concerning Encryption

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the U.S. Department of Justice was recently interviewed about the use of encryption in modern electronic communications and the hindrance that places on law enforcement investigations. In most of his published comments, he seems to be in favor of “back doors” and other methods of allowing law enforcement officials to view otherwise encrypted communications and data.

In the published comments in the Slashdot web site at, Rosenstein strangely also seems to contradict himself. While he obviously wants law enforcement officials to be able to see everything, he also states, “I favor strong encryption, because the stronger the encryption, the more secure data is against criminals who are trying to commit fraud. And I’m in favor of that, because that means less business for us prosecuting cases of people who have stolen data and hacked into computer networks and done all sorts of damage. So I’m in favor of strong encryption.”

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does not explain, however, how he plans to “have his cake and eat it too.”

Comment: Rosenstein apparently did not mention how the law enforcement officials could gain access while simultaneously keeping hackers, identity thieves, and all sorts of domestic and foreign spies out. Most encryption experts state that is an impossibility. Either everyone is kept out or else all sorts of people can get in.

Categories: Encryption

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