A French soldier enforcing the Vigipirate plan, France's national security alert system, patrols in front of the Arc de Triomphe on November 16, 2015, in Paris. (photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)
A French soldier enforcing the Vigipirate plan, France’s national security alert system, patrols in front of the Arc de Triomphe on November 16, 2015, in Paris. (photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Marcy Wheeler | Slate | Reader Supported News | November 17, 2015

And yet intelligence officials and politicians are now saying it could have. They’re wrong.

 

ince terrorists struck Paris last Friday night, the debate over whether encryption prevents intelligence services from stopping attacks has reignited. The New York Times and Yahoo reported on vague claims that the terrorists’ use of encryption stymied investigators who might have thwarted their plans. CIA Director John Brennan made equally vague comments Monday morning, warning that thanks to the privacy protections of the post-Snowden era, it is now “much more challenging” for intelligence

Only it didn’t.

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