What do we have to fear from Russia when the government itself is the biggest information thieve of them all?
Since the people who are employed by criminals are smarter than the people who work for the government, whenever you allow the government to insist on a backdoor to convenience them you are providing a barn door for cyber-criminals.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
- 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
(Extension of 1200 year old English Common Law suspended under Cromwell and Napoleon)
It is part of the classic cycle of decline and decadence that the tenth generation (around the two hundred year mark) forget altogether why they have any rights protected by law at all. This was true in Greece, Rome, Mycenae and countless others. Described by Sir John Glubb in The Fate of Empires as part of the decay curve.
Note the female executive folded like a cheap suit and prostrated herself before authority when asked where it seemed just as natural to a man to resist and even resign over this request. Here's the paragraph from Sir Glubb in The Fate of Empires :
"An increase in the influence of women in public life has often been associated with national decline. The later Romans complained that, although Rome ruled the world, women ruled Rome. In the tenth century, a similar tendency was observable in the Arab Empire, the women demanding admission to the professions hitherto monopolised by men. ‘What,’ wrote the contemporary historian, Ibn Bessam, ‘have the professions of clerk, tax-collector or preacher to do with women? These occupations have always been limited to men alone.’ Many women practised law, while others obtained posts as university professors. There was an agitation for the appointment of female judges, which, however, does not appear to have succeeded. Soon after this period, government and public order collapsed, and foreign invaders overran the country. The resulting increase in confusion and violence made it unsafe for women to move unescorted in the streets, with the result that this feminist movement collapsed.
The disorders following the military takeover in 861, and the loss of the empire, had played havoc with the economy. At such a moment, it might have been expected that everyone would redouble their efforts to save the country from bankruptcy, but nothing of the kind occurred. Instead, at this moment of declining trade and financial stringency, the people of Baghdad introduced a five-day week. When I first read these contemporary descriptions of tenth-century Baghdad, I could scarcely believe my eyes. I told myself that this must be a joke! The descriptions might have been taken out of The Times today. The resemblance of all the details was especially breathtaking—the break-up of the empire, the abandonment of sexual morality, the ‘pop’ singers with their guitars, the entry of women into the professions, the five-day week. I would not venture to attempt an explanation! There are so many mysteries about human life which are far beyond our comprehension."