Congratulations, you have re-invented the stock exchange.
The problem with encryption is the key exchange. End to end encrypted communications is trivial once you figure out that part.
Stop passing laws the people don't support. It makes otherwise law abiding citizens lose respect for the law.
We need to split the NSA into offensive and defensive sections, and hand off the offensive block to the CIA. It won't stop the spying but at least we won't get cracked by North Korea hackers. Baby steps, take this a bit at a time.
Unless you live next door to Issis, your own government IS your greatest threat.
It's "only" meta-data because that's all they have admitted to. Given the resources (and secret rooms at telco switches) it's likely they record the call itself.
You are assuming the question is how to best help these people, instead of how to best exploit them.
Using torture doesn't mean you live in a barbaric state, it means you live in a stupid one. Western countries stopped using torture because it's provably unreliable, and rational people don't want to base their national defence on unreliable intelligence.
The ranting is about needing the court order part, not the ability of the police to tap your phone.
Corrupt police kill more Americans than Terrorists do. So giving them more tools to track and attack you increases the risks to you and your family.
Given how unbelievably rare terrorists are, clearly they want these powers to spy on you.
Those cars/boats/dollars siezed might have crossed state lines, therefore the interstate commerce clause applies. And siezing a house affects interstate housing prices, so it counts too. (this is pretty much the reasoning behind federal drug law).
If you don't change the law to block this theft then it will keep coming back. What happens if (when) the man who replaces Holder changes the rules back? The burden of proof in civil forfiture should be on the police, just as in criminal law.
And this is why the police use a keylogger. And if this actually caught on they would use it as an excuse to crack your computer remotely.
In most of the Middle East there is no political freedom. You can't be a politician unless you work for the current government. So they take on the clothes/speach of a devout holy man and do their politics in Gods name. In western nations holy men are expected to refrain from politics, and so we see these men as radical clerics instead of politicians.