Look who decided they needed encryption: the US government. That’s not hypocritical at all. Of course, they claim it’s because of the big, bad Trump-monster and his fascism.
The core issue is this: the government, an entity that is supposed to serve the people, is fighting any and all accountability. Even as officials balk at transparency, they simultaneously demand a litany of agencies have full, unfettered, and warrantless access to every detail of the lives of private citizens.
It’s a complete 180 from the way things should be, and in case you’re not really paying attention, it’s getting worse by the day.