iTerrorist: Apple refuses to help FBI on San Bernardino terrorist case


by Lars Larson

This news about Apple makes me want to go home and break my iPad with a hammer.

The government wants to get into Muslim terrorist killer Syed Farook’s iPhone and has a court order to do it. But encryption keeps investigators out of the device and now Apple refuses to help.

CEO Tim Cook claims there’s no digital backdoor to such devices and Apple refuses to build one, even for times when there’s a constitutional and legal right to get in.

I value my Constitutional rights. But I also understand that the Constitution has a backdoor built into it by the geniuses who wrote it: “no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause”. The 4th Amendment says that when the government can show cause, your right to keep investigators out of your documents ends.

This time the request to Apple involves a terrorist attack that’s already over…fourteen victims dead and there’s time for a court fight and a public debate.

But the next time it could be information on an Apple device that tells us about a pending attack…literally a ticking time bomb somewhere. When that happens, there won’t be time to engineer that door that Cook refuses to build.

It appears that belonging to the Cult of Apple includes putting safety, lives and national security second to a private company’s concern about privacy. Someday, Tim Cook may have a lot of blood to wash off his hands.

I wonder if there’s an App for that?

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  • thevillageidiot

    This time you are wrong. The feds have their story and will stick to it. this is simply a ruse to get access whenever they please and under such general warrants for Mr Verizon’s information. Any backdoor jeopardizes all of us. I use PGP encryption. the government has only hacked one PGP encrypted message and that was by sheer luck. so I feel pretty secure. How would you know when the backdoor was used to review all your communications? they find out your mistress is pregnant and blackmail you into stopping all investigation into the illegal proceedings by law enforcement.
    As I said they have there story. but here is one on the same subject that has been dropped down the memory hole.
    The methods of propaganda work.

  • thevillageidiot

    You can have Freedom or you can have Peace. Don’t count on having both for very long. we don’t need a Minority Report state. as Ben Franklin said ” a Republic if you can keep it.” we are loosing it.

  • MaxRedline

    Sorry Lars, but you’re dead wrong on this. The judge issued an order to a company to write new software, and even a federal judge doesn’t get to do that. What’s next? Maybe she’ll order GM to produce a flying car in order to eliminate gridlock?

    It’s stupid, as is your position on the iPhone matter.

  • DavidAppell

    Lars Larson: for freedom, until he was against it.

  • Candor Shack

    Apple’s corpse, derrieres out a David Appell, smelling of a Neville Chamberlain and Ward Churchill; Alas, rather than a Winston Churchill and a Margaret Thatcher dispatcher.

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