Total tyranny ..

“The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”—Senator Frank Church (1975).

Quora question: Cryptography: Why does Blackerry Ltd (formerly R.I.M) hold most of the patents related to Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)?

RIM purchased Certicom which was the company built purposely on a few ECC implementation patents by a few University of Waterloo professors. Not only owning the patents by these people at Waterloo, Certicom also stole every single idea by anyone who gave a seminar Waterloo as a graduate student, postdoc or just a visitor, and patented it under Certicom’s name!!! [This is really true and I know at least one specific instance of it]