“Apple’s attorney painted a scary picture if Apple loses its fight with the FBI,” David Goldman and Laurie Segall report for CNN. “In an interview with CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall on Friday, Ted Olson warned of a government with ‘limitless’ powers that could ‘listen to your conversations.'”

“Olson said the demands would mount. ‘You can imagine every different law enforcement official telling Apple we want a new product to get into something,’ Olson said. ‘Even a state judge could order Apple to build something. There’s no stopping point. That would lead to a police state,'” Goldman and Segall report. “In the case against the FBI, Olson said the government overstepped its legal authority. He said Apple’s stance hasn’t changed — instead, it’s the government’s request that has changed and become more expansive than ever.”

“‘It’s very easy to say ‘terrorism is involved’ and therefore you should do whatever the government wants to do,’ he said. ‘But just because you’re using the word ‘terrorism,’ you don’t want to violate the civil liberties that all of us cherish,'” Goldman and Segall report. “Meanwhile, Olson noted that Apple continues to upgrade the security of its iPhones. ‘Apple is constantly trying to improve its iPhones … so that people can’t hack in and find out where your children are or what your medical records are,’ he said. ‘So if Apple continues to do that, it’s just a point at which the government just can’t get into your soul. We have got to have a stopping point.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Only the intellectually facile fail to recognize the magnitude of what’s at stake in this case.

This is not about this phone. This is about the future. And so I do see it as a precedent that should not be done in this country or in any country. This is about civil liberties and is about people’s abilities to protect themselves. If we take encryption away… the only people that would be affected are the good people, not the bad people. Apple doesn’t own encryption. Encryption is readily available in every country in the world, as a matter of fact, the U.S. government sponsors and funs encryption in many cases. And so, if we limit it in some way, the people that we’ll hurt are the good people, not the bad people; they will find it anyway. — Apple CEO Tim Cook

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