You wrote, “ It was a different time back then. Just one year later the Towers came down. If in 2002 I got that same call, people would hate me for not cooperating. I didn’t invent the ciphers — those are public. I gave up nothing important. I’m okay with my decisions.”
But that is stupid. Vietnam was evil, Desert Storm was evil, etc. The NSA did not just recently become evil. The ciphers are useless. Otherwise programmers would not be necessary.