Safe communication means safe means for propaganda, avenues for radicalisation and recruitment, and for coordination and planning. And that's plenty harmful.
If you really want to know how important secure communication is considered, ask the military, the diplomatic service, and most companies.
I'm all for good old detective work, given a suspect. But the trick is to get a suspect in the first place. Monitoring communication helps enormously in becoming aware of suspects.
"Safe communication means safe means for unsuppressed countering of government propaganda, avenues for free expression of disagreement with government actions, avenues for planning concerted action against a corrupt and sold-out government, and for effective planning and recruitment."
Fixed it for you. Or do you trust this government? The government that writes paid-for legislation for Disney and Time-Warner? The government that allows pharmaceutical companies to write legislation that gets rubber-stamped 100 times out of a 100? The government that promises 'transparency' and then absolutely CRUSHES anyone who exposes unconstitutional practices or blows the whistle on corruption? The government that promises enlightened reform of drug laws and then (literally) laughs at the prospect of maybe NOT ruining people's lives for minor offenses. The government that pads the coffers of ADM and Simplot with farm subsidy giveaways, and when trotting out Ma and Pa Kettle isn't adequate to quell the outrage at the corruption, ties the gifts to food stamps...for the poor, for the single mother, for the CHIIIILDREN....*sniff*
This is the government of, by and for, DEA scum, corporate thieves and the purchasers (not creators) of intellectual property.
Okay, it's YOUR government, I get that, but as a citizen of the US, I feel it SHOULD also be mine, and increasingly, that it isn't. Maybe a government that feels it needs to keep every citizen under surveillance recognizes that it really is NOT serving "all of the people", and is concerned that more and more of us are figuring this out.