“Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that the Islamic State had become ‘the most effective recruiter in the world’ and that the only solution was to engage American technology companies in blocking or taking down militant websites, videos and encrypted communications,” David E. Sanger reports for The New York Times. “‘You are going to hear all the familiar complaints: ‘freedom of speech,” Mrs. Clinton said in an hourlong speech and question-and-answer session at the Saban Forum, an annual gathering at the Brookings Institution that focuses mostly on Israel’s security issues.”

MacDailyNews Take: As if hearing “all the familiar complaints” somehow obviates their point.

Freedom of speech is not a nuisance to be dispensed with when one doesn’t like or agree with the speech. Either everybody has freedom of speech or nobody does.

Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. — Alfred Whitney Griswold, 16th President of Yale University

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. —Noam Chomsky

“In a reference to Silicon Valley’s reverence for disruptive technologies, Mrs. Clinton said, ‘We need to put the great disrupters at work at disrupting ISIS,’ an acronym used for the militant group,” Sanger reports. “Mrs. Clinton’s comments echo recent White House calls… But Mrs. Clinton is also risking putting herself at odds with technology executives and entrepreneurs crucial to her campaign’s fund-raising. And in Iowa and New Hampshire, states important early in the campaign, there is still considerable suspicion of the government and its demands for greater access to daily electronic communications.”

MacDailyNews Take: Adhere to the U.S. Constitution.

None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details.Apple CEO Tim Cook, February 27, 2015

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“Mrs. Clinton used the forum to continue staking out a harder line on Iran than President Obama has in public… She said there should be ‘no doubt in Tehran’ that if the United States saw ‘any violations in the deal’ or an effort to procure or develop nuclear weapons technology, ‘we will stop them,’ including, she added, ‘taking military action,'” Sanger reports. “At one point, responding to a question, she referred to using the ‘nuclear option’ against Iran — usually interpreted as using a nuclear weapon — before her attention was caught by a prominent member of the audience, Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court. ‘Oh, the military option, thank you, Justice Breyer. He’s a careful listener,’ Mrs. Clinton said, reiterating that she meant a military option to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. It was a rare moment: a sitting member of the court rescuing a political candidate from a mistaken comment.”

MacDailyNews Take: If that doesn’t prove the U.S. Supreme Court is a purely political institution, nothing ever will.

“Much of Mrs. Clinton’s speech was closely aligned with Mr. Obama’s recent arguments about confronting the Islamic State. She spoke of the need to make sure that anyone on a ‘no-fly’ list also could not purchase a gun — a position several Republican candidates took issue with on Sunday — and to explicitly avoid blaming the American Muslim community for the acts of a small number of extremist,” Sanger reports. “Her critique of American technology companies was impassioned but vague on the specifics of what she was asking them to do… Over the past year, technology firms have made clear they do not want to be in the position of ideological censors. And Mrs. Clinton herself was a major advocate, as secretary of state, of programs that expanded Internet access to get around the censorship of repressive societies, starting with China.”

“Encryption poses an even more difficult problem, and Mrs. Clinton appeared to be calling for discussion among the technology companies, intelligence agencies and law enforcement groups,” Sanger reports. “But that discussion has been underway, in public and private, for nearly a year now.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Adhere to the U.S. Constitution.

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear. — U.S. President Harry S. Truman

Terrorism is horrible and must be stopped. All of us must do everything we can do to stop this craziness… these people shouldn’t exist. They should be eliminated… You don’t want to eliminate everyone’s privacy. If you do, you not only don’t solve the terrorist issue but you also take away something that is a human right. The consequences of doing that are very significant. Apple CEO Tim Cook, February 27, 2015

Visit the Apple-backed reformgovernmentsurveillance.com today.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Tim Cook attacks Google, U.S. federal government over right to privacy abuses – June 3, 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook advocates privacy, says terrorists should be ‘eliminated’ – February 27, 2015
Apple’s iPhone encryption is a godsend, even if government snoops and cops hate it – October 8, 2014
Short-timer U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder blasts Apple for protecting users’ privacy against government overreach – September 30, 2014
FBI blasts Apple for protective users’ privacy by locking government, police out of iPhones and iPads – September 25, 2014
Apple thinks different about privacy – September 23, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook ups privacy to new level, takes direct swipe at Google – September 18, 2014
Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for government, police – even with search warrants – September 18, 2014
Would you trade privacy for national security? Most Americans wouldn’t – August 6, 2014
Apple begins encrypting iCloud email sent between providers – July 15, 2014
Obama administration demands master encryption keys from firms in order to conduct electronic surveillance against Internet users – July 24, 2013
U.S. NSA seeks to build quantum computer to crack most types of encryption – January 3, 2014
Apple’s iMessage encryption trips up U.S. feds’ surveillance – April 4, 2013