Imagine installing backdoors inside communications. The problem is that any sort of backdoor, no matter how secure, when a hacker finds it, it's sooner or later gonna be GG. Clipper chips... whatever have you, do not think that "SECURITY BY OBSCURITY" is gonna do any good.
Modifying all software programs and protocols including F2F, P2P ...etc.. to have a backdoor or unscrambling capabilities is also absurd. It makes the programs and protocols even more insecure.
Most government softwares are using those tools developed by the public domain and outsourced. Imagine one of these loopholes and backdoors slipping in. If they meant that ALL protocols and softwares have to provide loopholes, how would they feel if their softwares and protocols have to abide by the same rules and have loopholes and backdoors too ? That would be absurd isn't it ?
They need to have better judgments before making such absurd laws and rules. It would not only hurt others but themselves.
Look at this points found in the article.
¶ Foreign-based providers that do business inside the United States must install a domestic office capable of performing intercepts.
¶ Developers of software that enables peer-to-peer communication must redesign their service to allow interception.
This is pretty bleak. Seems like the once infamously free nation is sinking into some kind of "Soviet style Iron-Curtain" rule where everything is controlled and no free will is allowed.
What if non-US developers are providing softwares, e.g. open source softwares hosted on Sourceforge or those free and open source hostings ? Are they gonna get the foreign government to arrest those 'dissident developers' and send them to US for torture ? Or maybe they would send out CIA operatives to those countries to execute them ? These are purely exaggerations but according to article here, the US Govt. could do it.
The main point is, stop making those stupid rules and returning to Clinton's clipper chip era or those past eras where encryption and security is only for the military and everyone else should suffer.
Security and Free-Will are everyone's birth rights. Stop taking away security from others. Stop removing free-will of others.