According to documents released over the weekend, intelligence officials told the Senate Intelligence Committee there's no need to use the court system to ask tech companies to build backdoors into their products. Furthermore, they also said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows them to force service providers to provide backdoors in their systems. Sounds like Big Brother is alive and well. In its answers, the government said it has "not to date" needed to ask the FISC to issue an order to compel a company to backdoor or weaken its encryption. The government would not say, however, if it's ever asked a company to add an encryption backdoor.