The law enforcement community has long been searching for a wedge to try to change the tenor of the public debate over privacy and surveillance since Edward Snowden’s leaks about mass surveillance programs in 2013, and activity in the wake of the Paris attacks is no exception.
American law enforcement officials argue the Paris attacks show need for “backdoors” that enable government surveillance in computing devices and software despite a drop in requests for wiretaps on encrypted communications.
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The American satire publication The Onion has published its share of gag news stories criticizing fanatical Islamists. But the Charlie Hebdo gunmen likely would have had a tougher time carrying out a similar attack in the U.S.