Terrorpolitical football


Oh the lols, as reported by the New York Times on a comment by UK Prime Minister David Cameron:

Mr. Cameron, who has started to campaign ahead of a national election in Britain in May, said his government, if elected, would ban encrypted online communication tools that could potentially be used by terrorists if the country’s intelligence agencies were not given increased access.


“Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read?” Mr. Cameron said at an event on Monday, in reference to services like WhatsApp, Snapchat and other encrypted online applications. “My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not.’ ”

Putting aside the technical absurdity of this (eg banning Snapchat and Apple iMessage, etc), my interest is why he’d even make a statement like this.

Since politicians are hard to like (barely above car salesmen), they do a lot of polling to understand what their constituents will vote for.
And given that his comments are part of his election campaigning I’m assuming they have been made strategically (ie polling is telling him this is something people want).

Which makes me wonder, who the hell is he talking to?

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By Craig Bailey