US President Donald Trump's pick for his Attorney General and head of the FBI will have security specialists nervous, since both believe breaking encryption is a good idea.
Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III (R‑AL) is Trump's pick for the top legal job in the US. In congressional testimony, he outed himself as a committed backdoor man when it comes to encryption. In the written testimony [PDF] to Senator Patrick Leahy, (D‑VT) he laid out his position.
"Encryption serves many valuable and important purposes," Sessions wrote. "It is also critical, however, that national security and criminal investigators be able to overcome encryption, under lawful authority, when necessary to the furtherance of national security and criminal investigations."
The Federales have been pushing for crypto backdoors since the early 1990s (remember the Clipper chip?) and it has always floundered on the rock of "there's no way to keep the bad guys from learning the backdoor".That's going to be bad news for people who favor strong encryption. The finest minds in cryptography have repeatedly pointed out the impossibility of building a backdoor for law enforcement into secure encryption, since there's no way to stop others from finding and exploiting the Feds-only access.
The choice for the Fed.Gov is this: live with crypto that they can't (easily) break, or destroy encryption (and the Internet economy that depends on it).
I know that they want a backdoor that only they know about. I want a unicorn that farts 93 octane into my gas tank. And remember: they would ask us in the security community to trust them after the Snowden revelations showing how we can't trust them.