Essay on How Important is the Encryption Debate?

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How Important is the Encryption Debate?

The encryption debate is intense and heated in certain circles, but is of no major concern to the vast majority of people in the United States. Most of the people I talk to regard its regulation to be of little consequence, or too complicated to take a position on. Indeed, the prevailing opinion I encounter is that is an area best left to the experts who understand its capabilities, uses and dangers. While no one really trusts the government, in the face of the sundry bogeymen evoked by law enforcement agents as a rationale for protecting the people, most people are hard pressed to stand up and speak of the inviolability of their privacy rights. How can I justify my concerns over personal
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Indeed, some of the framers were guilty themselves. What I am stating, is that everything that is good about being a citizen of this country, everything that makes it the dream and destination for immigrants worldwide is due, in large part, to the existence of those principles.

The short history of the United States reveals a gradual movement from the principles of federalism to a centralized form of government, and the sacrifice of the rights of the individual at times to goals of expediency and efficiency for that government. The power of encryption threatens not only to suspend, but possibly to reverse that movement. In a nation awash with splintering political parties and dissatisfaction with both the costs and services of government, the those in power are keenly aware of the necessity to measure the flow of public opinion and to knock down the lawbreakers that are surfing on the edges of new paradigms. The Internet has opened our country to a level of political discourse previously unmatched. Thousands of people all over the world post and read discussions on a multitude of political philosophies. The Usenet has become a place where people feel free to anonymously try on new political philosophies. You can find anything out there from anarchists to socialists to people who have constructed political systems around "The Prime Directive". By many accounts, the Generation Xer's who make up the majority of internet

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