Target: Mr. John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Goal: Stop attempt to criminalized encryption services that protect people’s private information.
In an attempt to further undermine the privacy of Americans, FBI director James Comey is trying to get legislation passed that would prevent people from encrypting their electronic devices. Encryption services help to protect people’s information and data from prying eyes, but Comey argues that if those prying eyes belong to police, they have some sort of right to see it. Something must be done before he is able to convince people that their privacy is not as valuable as possibly catching some unknown number of criminals at some point in the future.
This is a cut and dry issue of the government wanting to be able to better spy on its citizens. Encryption
services, and the demand for them, only began in earnest when it became clear just how much the government was peering into people’s lives. Now the FBI is trying to get rid of them with appeals to emotion that have very little grounding in fact and are not backed up by any statistics. The director paints a grim picture about how people out there are coming to get us, and about how if we allow encrypted devices we will not be able to find out about it. Then, he turns around and admits that there are no statistics to back this claim up.
Director Comey claims that encrypted devices will, “lead us all to a very, very dark place,” but was the same true of letters? What about phone communication before dragnet wire-tapping and surveillance? The truth is that the FBI is just looking for another way to get information on innocent people. Please sign here to tell congress that this legislation cannot be passed and that privacy is more important to you than the FBI’s fetishistic need to spy on its people.
Dear Speaker Boehner,
It has come to my attention that FBI director James Comey is attempting to pass legislation that would harm American citizens and compromise their privacy. He is attempting to prevent people from encrypting their devices in the name of law enforcement without a single care about the privacy issues that having unencrypted devices raise. His pleas and appeals to emotion cannot be allowed to sway your, or your chamber’s, opinions.
The truth is that Director Comey has absolutely no statistics or figures to back up his claims that encryption hinders law enforcement and his claims that encryption will, “lead us all to a very, very dark place,” are grounded in his feelings alone. Should one man’s feelings be allowed to dictate policy that effects over 300 million? I promise you that if polled, your constituents would argue strongly in favor of personal privacy and safety from unwarranted spying. Please try your absolute hardest to kill this legislation and protect the people you were elected to serve.
[Your Name Here]
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