Think back to a childhood story about a boy who cried wolf one time too many; when a wolf was a real threat, people rolled their eyes and no one believed him. The moral of the story is what the boy was told, "Nobody believes a liar...even when he is telling the truth!" While I\u2019m not calling FBI Director James Comey a liar, the FBI has cried it is \u201cgoing dark\u201d so often since 2007 that it reminds me of the boy who cried \u201cWolf!\u201dLast week at the Brookings Institution, during his \u201cGoing Dark\u201d speech, Comey hammered on the evils of encryption again and how we must find the right \u201cbalance\u201d of security and liberty. When feds start talking about striking a \u201cbalance\u201d between security and liberty (or security and privacy) it tends to strike dread in my heart. That\u2019s because liberty and privacy lose out to security, but security loses too as \u201cbalance\u201d solutions mean weakening security. If your mind jumped to \u201cback door\u201d access, \u201cone that foreign adversaries and hackers may try to exploit,\u201d Comey called that a \u201cmisconception\u201d that \u201cisn\u2019t true.\u201dWe aren\u2019t seeking a back-door approach. We want to use the front door, with clarity and transparency, and with clear guidance provided by law. We are completely comfortable with court orders and legal process\u2014front doors that provide the evidence and information we need to investigate crime and prevent terrorist attacks.Cyber adversaries will exploit any vulnerability they find. But it makes more sense to address any security risks by developing intercept solutions during the design phase, rather than resorting to a patchwork solution when law enforcement comes knocking after the fact. And with sophisticated encryption, there might be no solution, leaving the government at a dead end\u2014all in the name of privacy and network security.After Comey\u2019s speech, Laura W. Murphy, the ACLU director of the Washington Legislative Office, stated:\u201cDirector Comey is wrong in asserting that law enforcement cannot do its job while respecting Americans\u2019 privacy rights. In fact, federal law explicitly protects the right of companies to add encryption with no backdoors. Whether the FBI calls it a front door or a backdoor, any effort by the FBI to weaken encryption leaves our highly personal information and our business information vulnerable to hacking by foreign governments and criminals.\u201dAfter pointing out how Comey\u2019s words seemed like an echo of a 1995 speech by the FBI director, the EFF said:Now just as then, the FBI is trying to convince the world that some fantasy version of security is possible\u2014where "good guys" can have a back door or extra key to your home but bad guys could never use it. Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of security can tell you that's just not true. So the "debate" Comey calls for is phony, and we suspect he knows it. Instead, Comey wants everybody to have weak security, so that when the FBI decides somebody is a "bad guy," it has no problem collecting personal data.That's bad science, it's bad law, it's bad for companies serving a global marketplace that may not think the FBI is always a "good guy," and it's bad for every person who wants to be sure that their data is as protected as possible\u2014whether from ordinary criminals hacking into their email provider, rogue governments tracking them for politically organizing, or competing companies looking for their trade secrets.Yes, Comey admitted that the FBI still can access the cloud with lawful authority. Yet that\u2019s not good enough, as he maintained, \u201cBut uploading to the cloud doesn\u2019t include all of the stored data on a bad guy\u2019s phone, which has the potential to create a black hole for law enforcement.\u201d Yes, the FBI still has access to metadata that includes phone records and location information, but it \u201cdoesn\u2019t provide the content of any communication.\u201d\u201cNo one in this country should be above or beyond the law. There should be no law-free zone in this country,\u201d Comey claimed. \u201cI think it\u2019s time to ask: Where are we, as a society? Are we no longer a country governed by the rule of law, where no one is above or beyond that law? Are we so mistrustful of government\u2014and of law enforcement\u2014that we are willing to let bad guys walk away...willing to leave victims in search of justice?\u201dKen Gude, a Senior Fellow with the National Security Team at the Center for American Progress, pointed out, \u201cThe only actions that have undermined the rule of law are the government\u2019s deceptive and secret mass surveillance programs.\u201dThe FBI\u2019s Going Dark wolfIn 2009, when the 2010 budget request was released, we learned the FBI was pouring $233.9 million into developing an \u201cAdvanced Electronic Surveillance\u201d program better known as \u201cGoing Dark.\u201dWhen wanting changes to CALEA, or the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, FBI General Counsel Valerie Caproni testified about the \u201cGoing Dark\u201d problem in 2011; \u201cAddressing the Going Dark problem does not require fundamental changes in encryption technology. We understand that there are situations in which encryption will require law enforcement to develop individualized solutions.\u201dBut instead of developing \u201csolutions,\u201d Comey now wants to take the encryption \u201cproblem\u201d to Congress in order \u201cto find the right answer\u2014to find the balance we need.\u201d He added, \u201cPerhaps it\u2019s time to suggest that the post-Snowden pendulum has swung too far in one direction\u2014in a direction of fear and mistrust. It is time to have open and honest debates about liberty and security.\u201dCindy Cohn, Jeremy Gillula, and Seth Schoen of the EFF took to Vice to say:The next time a law enforcement official demands that Apple and Google put backdoors back into their products, remember what they're really demanding: that everyone's security be sacrificed in order to make their job marginally easier.Greg Nojeim, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology, suggested calling it \u201cthe FBI's 'Cyber Insecurity Initiative.'"Comey has called for less secure cell phones, and less secure networks," Nojeim added. "If he gets his way, the bad guys will exploit both."