As we debate "responsible encryption," here is a long scroll of pullquotes from the previous incarnations of CryptoWars. If you're concerned about this, donate to the EFF -- they've always been there, fighting this insanity back.
"Opposing Clipper is an odd pairing of civil liberties activists and corporations. The activists worry that the government could have too much access to private exchanges. Companies have chafed at export restrictions that stop them from using the best encryption technologies in products they sell abroad. … Companies would rather include many different encryption technologies in the products they sell and don't want to be locked into government-approved hardware. They also point out that their customers overseas are unlikely to want to use the Clipper lock knowing that the U.S. government holds the keys."