Never lose sight of the fact that authorities mindlessly repeat baseless propaganda linking terrorist plots with unbreakable encryption, when this has never been demonstrated in ONE SINGLE CASE:
"Clinton continued to say that “law enforcement is blind — blind before, blind during, and unfortunately, in many instances, blind after” a crime because of encryption.
Yet the government has never presented a clear case where encryption has crippled a critical terrorism investigation, and law enforcement has other investigative tools in its arsenal — like traditional informants and tips, for example. Even when encryption is present, there is evidence that the FBI and other government agencies can hack into suspects’ computers and phones — bypassing encryption entirely."
This attack on crypto is really about social control, identifying free thinkers (the new enemies of the state), enforcing compliance with the new oligarchic norms, police fishing expeditions, and annihilating enemies who pose any threat to the status quo.
Terrorists have commonly used social media, SMS, standard phone calls, spouted threats on social media etc, yet were missed by the authorities in the high profile cases of Paris and elsewhere - highlighting the total incompetence of the Stasi brigade and their expensive and shiny new cyber-toys.
If co-conspirators took a long walk, deep in the woods, without a single electronic device near / on their person (old school style), the Police-surveillance state has almost zero chance of knowing their plans, short of old-fashioned intel-gathering and tip-offs from family / friends.
Therefore, this is where they should focus their efforts if they truly want to address the (miniscule) threat of a terrorist attack, instead of further undermining the principles of democracy and law with the Panopticon in waiting.