The notorious Burr-Feinstein anti-encryption bill has officially dropped, and its progenitors are making the usual nonsensical noises. Sen. Burr (R-NC) yammers on about how "consumers have a right to seek solutions that protect their information -- which involves strong encryption," but then presents a bill that makes "strong encryption" impossible by demanding a backdoor to encryption programs to which only our government will have a key, and by demanding "intelligible data" on demand when the whole point of encryption is to make data unintelligible to folks who aren't supposed to read it. Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) is no better, fearmongering that "terrorists and criminals are increasingly using encryption to foil law enforcement efforts," which statement is actually far from proven (and what, "terrorists" alone wasn't scary enough for her?). So the Electronic Frontier Foundation helps you tell Congress to protect your right to privacy and security by rejecting the Burr-Feinstein bill.
Meanwhile, S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, still awaits a vote from the Senate despite passing out of Judiciary six months ago today, so the ACLU helps you urge your Senators to support fair sentencing reform by voting for S. 2123. If S. 2123 passes, nonviolent drug offenders would get shorter mandatory minimum sentences, some nonviolent drug offenders could escape mandatory minimums entirely, and the Fair Sentencing Act's 2010 adjustment of the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity could be applied retroactively. The bill would also ease some of the more onerous conditions placed on juveniles tried and convicted as adults. Of course this bill isn't everything we'd want, but it is more than what we've got. Naturally, since it would do a modest good for the true owners of government, the American people, the Senate is taking its own sweet time considering it. But that only means we need to be more assertive in communicating our will. I have every faith that you'll do that.