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John McCain

Silicon Valley Should Join the War on Terrorism

Tech firms can develop encryption that won't hamper law enforcement.
No prying eyes.

No prying eyes.

Photographer: Glenn Chapman/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State and other terrorist groups espouse a primitive ideology and rely on medieval tactics, but they use distinctly modern tools: social media and communications platforms designed to evade our most advanced efforts to fight terrorism.

By taking advantage of widely available encryption technologies, terrorists and common criminals alike can carry out their agendas in cyber safe havens beyond the reach of our intelligence agency tools and law enforcement capabilities. This is unacceptable. Americans of course need access to technology that keeps our personal and business communications private, but this must be balanced with concerns over national security.