Amy Hess, the FBI's executive assistant director for science and technology, reiterated to the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform the bureau’s decades-old fear of “going dark” because encryption, which makes it will make criminal investigations more difficult.
“We’re certainly not going to go dark,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) responded. “And in many ways we’ve never been brighter.”
"Creating a technological backdoor just for good guys is technologically stupid," said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), a Stanford University computer science graduate. "That's just stupid."
Lieu blamed the NSA's vast surveillance apparatus, saying the agency "violated the Fourth Amendment rights of every American for years" and has caused a vast public reaction.
"Our founders understood that an Orwellian overreaching government is one of the most dangerous things this world could have," Lieu said.