Speaking on Deep Background, the Press Secretary whispered:
Yes, a *very* well funded and determined adversary can beat crypto (almost
always by doing an end run around it). However, raising the bar to that level
will eliminate all the successful attacks by lesser adversaries, and can also
contribute to the bankrupting of the well-funded - even the FBI can afford only
a few Scarfo-scale cases a year...
This is now wildly OT, but to close:
a) CALEA, Carnivore etc. are ALL about cost-shifting. The Feebees
used to talk about breaking cases with "a dime & a dime" meaning
informants calls, and wiretaps. The current fights are about
victims^H^Htargets of interest furnishing those dimes themselves.
b) Scarfo is case that made little sense to many observers. Nicky
was scarcely Vincent Gigante or Gotti; from what I've read, he
ran a few girls and some policy [bookmaking] while Daddy is up
So why did the Feebees make such a BIG deal out of it? Donno;
usually they are that dedicated only when a) HQ is leaning on
them or B) they can be on TV....