Obama stuck with BlackBerry, says not allowed an iPhone ‘for security reasons’

“US President Barack Obama admitted Wednesday he was not allowed to have an iPhone owing to security fears — explaining why he is sometimes seen with a bulky super secure BlackBerry,” Agence France-Presse reports.

‘I’m not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone,’ Obama told a group of young people at the White House for an event promoting his health care law,” AFP reports. “He added that his daughters Sasha and Malia spend a lot of time on their iPhones.”

AFP reports, “The White House says the president’s personal email address was strictly limited to a small list of senior officials and personal friends, but will not detail the encryption devices that are used to secure his communications.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: My security is paramount, but yours is not. We’ll just choose not to enforce the Fourth Amendment, m’kay?

Double standards. We call ’em like we see ’em and we’ll never stop. (And your phone sucks, too, Mr. President.)

United States Constitution, Amendment IV:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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

Sign the petition via The Electronic Frontier Foundation calling for a full congressional investigation of U.S surveillance overreach here.

U.S. citizens, contact your senator electronically to oppose S.1631, the FISA Improvements Act and stop the NSA “Fake Fix” Bill here.

Everyone, join EFF in calling on the CEOs of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, YouTube, Apple, and the President of Skype to demand a full Congressional investigation into NSA spying here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
NSA spying risks $35 billion in U.S. technology sales – November 27, 2013
Apple iPhones phased out of German government in favor of encrypted phones to block U.S. NSA spying – November 22, 2013
U.S. NSA secretly infiltrated Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – October 30, 2013
Obama administration decides NSA spying is ‘essential,’ but oversight of NSA is not – October 8, 2013
Apple’s iPhone 5s with Touch ID seen as protection against U.S. NSA – September 16, 2013
German government: Windows 8 contains U.S. NSA snooping back doors; too dangerous to use – August 23, 2013
Report: NSA can see 75% of U.S. Web traffic, can snare emails – August 21, 2013
NSA can read email, online chats, track Web browsing without warrant, documents leaked by Edward Snowden show – July 31, 2013
Momentum builds against U.S. government surveillance – July 29, 2013
U.S. House rejects effort to curb NSA surveillance powers, 205-217 – July 24, 2013
Obama administration scrambles to shut down imminent U.S. House vote to defund NSA spying – July 24, 2013
Obama administration demands master encryption keys from firms in order to conduct electronic surveillance against Internet users – July 24, 2013
Apple, Google, dozens of others push Obama administration to disclose U.S. surveillance requests – July 19, 2013
Secret court agrees to allow Yahoo to reveal its fight against U.S. government PRISM requests – July 16, 2013
How Microsoft handed U.S. NSA, FBI, CIA access to users’ encrypted video, audio, and text communications – July 11, 2013
DuckDuckGo search engine surges 33% in wake of PRISM scandal – June 20, 2013
Yahoo: Since December 2012, we have received up to 13,000 U.S. gov’t requests for customer data – June 18, 2013
Apple: Since December 2012, we have received U.S. gov’t requests for customer data for up to 10,000 accounts – June 17, 2013
Nine companies, including Apple, tied to PRISM, Obama to be smacked with class-action lawsuit – June 12, 2013
U.S. lawmakers urge review of ‘Prism’ domestic spying, Patriot Act – June 10, 2013
PRISM: Do Apple, Google, Facebook have an ethical obligation not to spy on users? – June 8, 2013
Plausible deniability: The strange and unbelievable similarities in the Apple, Google, and Facebook PRISM denials – June 7, 2013
Google’s Larry Page on government eavesdropping: ‘We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday’ – June 7, 2013
Seecrypt app lets iPhone, Android users keep voice calls, text messages away from carriers, government eyes and ears – June 7, 2013
Obama administration defends PRISM data-collection as legal anti-terrorism tool – June 7, 2013
Facebook, Google, Yahoo join Apple in sort-of denying PRISM involvement – June 7, 2013
Report: Intelligence program gives U.S. government direct access to customer data on Apple servers; Apple denies – June 6, 2013

100 Comments

    1. I think that POTUS wan’t his e-mails in Canada where they are not obligated to violate the United States’ Fourth Amendment anytime the NSA wants the e-mail data. He could just use an iPhone with an e-mail server in Russia, Iran, … and keep his e-mail safe from our Federal Government’s illegal “unreasonable searches and seizures” of our personal documents, “papers, and effects”. Someone in the IT department should explain this to him after they are done fixing that broken half written Obamacare web site that was not ready in October when it went on line.

      1. Also, it POTUS buys his campaign buses from Canada and his Obamacare web site programers are from Canada, … Why would he not also buy his smart phones from Canada too!

        The only thing POTUS will not buy from Canada by way of a pipeline is Canadian oil.

        1. BS.

          http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2011/11/why-isnt-keystone-pipeline-extension.html

          This maps shows half a dozen major pipelines that already serve existing US refineries as much as they can handle. Now of course Canadian oil producers would love for US taxpayers to subsidize yet one more outlet. But aside from short-term construction jobs from your big bad government, can you tell us what long-term economic benefit that would be gained? What’s the ROI for US taxpayers? What if, as this article promotes, the Canadian government promotes national energy sufficiency by refining locally instead of continuing to export its oil?

          Do you forget that Canada is also building a pipeline due west to export its oil to China, which would likely make any new extra flow capacity to the Gulf of MX unused?

          Did you know that there is an underused natural gas pipeline (Enbridge) running parallel to the proposed Keystone pipeline that could be converted to oil transport at a fraction of the cost of building Keystone?

          Have you bothered to understand all the issues, or are you just clamoring for more corporate welfare from the incumbent president?

          1. Oh here we go agin, somebody intelligent who understands reality trying to speak to somebody who is a blathering idiot

            Oh well somebody will always respond to blathering idiots
            No matter how intelligent they are they think they can affect the afflicted

            I only point out your waste of time with this useless person

            1. Yeah, you are right. Guy’s retarded — thinks he’s a genius. Probably still calculating how many tons of C02 are being saved by Solyndra. (Hint: Zero). He can’t grasp that the pipeline to the West is exporting jobs that could be in USA. Meanwhile the federal reserve continues to amass debt on it’s balance sheet (our balance sheet) and the economic recovery remains slowest ever. FAIL! And if he thinks that economic failure is good for the environment, he is wrong about that, too. Done wasting time on person who chooses not to understand.

            2. Hey smart guy, read this s-l-o-w-l-y:

              1. Keystone XL is an EXPORT PIPELINE, it will compete with US companies, not help them.

              2. The company that wants to build and “manage” it has a history of corner cutting, spills and environmental destruction.

              3. Solyndra has fuck-all to do with it. Enjoy your straw ass…

            3. Join us eMo, I intend to to attack them every time they start the shit. I hope others will too. I am sick of it, MDN doesn’t care because they share their twisted top ideology. MDN can choose to solve the problem, or can continue giving the reich-wingers a pass and we can make the place so awful site visits dry the hell up.

              Botvinnik, First never-then whenever, twiloon, imaki, jersey trader the list goes on. Always with the partisan political BS these clowns, always..And when that doesn’t work they stick to belittling differing opinions, a bunch of chapped-assholes they are…

        1. sadly this person is the joke, a bad one that tasteless people might laugh at, but a bad joke nonetheless.

          please go to the dregs of the internet and allow us to rise above.. please!

      1. How many world wide economic depressions did he start? How many illegal wars did he start. How many countries did he give to Haliburton? How many innocent people did he torture? How many lies did he tell about weapons of mass destruction?

            1. You lie. Or you’re uninformed. Try a channel other than MSNBC once in a while.

              Here’s what needs to be done:

              1. Repeal Obamacare. It has done more to hurt the economy and its prospects for meaningful recovery than anything.

              2. Enact medical liability reform

              3. Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines

              4. Expand health savings accounts

              5. Ensure access for patients with pre-existing conditions by incentivizing states to develop innovative programs that lower premiums and reduce the number of uninsured Americans.

              6. Cut government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels

              7. Immediately to cancel unspent “stimulus” funds

              8. Adhere to the U.S. Constitution

              9. Permanently stop all job-killing tax hikes

              10. Give small businesses a tax deduction

              11. Repeal job-killing small business mandates

              12. Pass clean troop funding bills

              13. Fully fund missile defense

              14. Require tough enforcement of sanctions against Iran

              15. Establish operational control of the border

              16. Work with state and local officials to enforce U.S. immigration laws

              The list above is the position of the Republican Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives: gop.gov/indepth/pledge/healthcare

              Here’s my addendum:

              17. Stop electing “community organizers” who lack practical experience, suffer from crippling narcissism, who have never held a real job, who have only been on their wife’s healthcare plan or had one provided to them by the U.S. taxpayer and who’ve never had to buy a plan themselves, yet who feel qualified to sign ill-conceived laws that meddle with and disrupt every citizens’ healthcare situation (including significantly degrading what was once the world’s healthcare gold standard), and whose main interests, beside lying to the American people, appear to be having parties, taking vacations, and, above all else, scheduling tee times.

            2. You just made some reasonable points: so I’m willing to engage you in debate you instead of just calling you racist.

              1. Repeal Obamacare, and replace it with what? In my view, health insurance in the country was (and currently still is) a terrible mess. It’s a massive and growing drain on the economy. More importantly, that system failed to provide health care to many who needed it – including people with preexisting conditions and the children of poor people. So my question is, are you really taking about repealing Obamacare as if that itself is an actual solution? I sincerely hope you are saying “repeal Obama” as a step 1 of an actual plan to fix healthcare. Thinking that health insurance in this country was great – or even acceptable – before Obamacare ruined it – that to me sounds extremely misinformed, if not revisionist or delusional.

            3. That is the longest parade of Magic Unicorns I have seen recently. Nothing but fluff and talking points. That the House Republicans are trying to ride those Unicorns is not surprising, given their preference for ideology and greed over reasoned conclusions and widely beneficial solutions. They should learn that the pointy bit on a Unicorn is not the seat.

            4. 1. The ACA train has left the station, it will cost more to stop it than it will to let it go and make amendments in the future. The CBO calculates it will save money in the long run. Where do you come up with your BS economic doomsday FUD?
              2. What, precisely, does an executive have to do with medical liability reform? That’s the job of Congress, which is gridlocked by two corrupt parties.
              3. Great idea — so will you also drop the BS arguments about “states rights” for all other national issues that are blockaded in Congress by libertarian obstructionists?
              4. No one is preventing consumers from having more health savings accounts now.
              5. How does the federal goverment go about “incentivizing states” when many states are mismanaged by corrupt officials who believe in corporate welfare but do nothing — in fact, currently reject federal aid — for health for its citizens today?
              6. Why stop there? We should cut military spending to pre-cold war levels too. It’s over, you know. The US can defend its borders without trapsing all over the planet and droning religious extremists into even greater anti-American fervor.
              7. Indeed. Let the bankrupt states fail, shall we? Truth is, the fed buoys all states in one way or another. Always has. A family doesn’t let one of its members drown.
              8. Sure, and let’s clarify some language for the 21st century while we’re at it, now that we have international electronic communication, aviation, spacecraft, datamining, multinational corporations, financial shenanigans, and all sorts of legal entitities that were not envisioned with the 18th-century Bill of Rights was drafted.
              9. As soon as you identify a job killed by any specific tax, I’m sure Congress will immediately get to killing it. You see how effective Boehner has been at doing that, don’t you?
              10. Why not drop the special tax breaks altogether, slowly and predictably lower nominal income tax rates, and force big businesses to pay what they owe, just as small businesses do now?
              11. Please specify one federal “job-killing small business mandate”
              12. Indeed. One that returns the troops to domestic duties immediately
              13. Already done. Too much, in fact.
              14. In the works now — much more progress than in the last 40 years, in fact.
              15. Already done. Borders are more secure than ever before. Makes paranoid people feel safe.
              16. Already happening. Current administration has deported more than his predecessors by far.
              17. Indeed. Nobody who has any qualifications remotely similar to Jesus, or Ghandi, or any of dozens of successful world leaders should ever be chosen democratically by their people. In fact, we should actively disparage Queen Elizabeth since she was too young and inexperienced to play any role in English leadership when she was thrust into her role — undemocratically to boot.
              18. What about all the obvious stuff? end the voter district gerrymandering, force political funders to identify themselves, reform the political system to allow ALL candidates (not just those from the two biggest and most corrupt political parties) to participate in elections, establish constitutional requirement for long-term balanced budgets, end corporate welfare and establish a fair playing field for businesses of ALL sizes, properly restrain Wall Street from conducting risky investments with federally-insured deposits, properly restrain lenders & creditors from charging exorbitant rates for services that are now conducted with a click of he mouse, legislate “payday” and other sub-prime parasites to prevent preying on financially illiterate customers, establish and publish measures for national heath / well-being / educational achievement / etc in addition to all the short-term financial results that have become the national religion…. and so on.

            1. but Dubya is no longer president, there aint a helluva lot anyone can do about crimes committed five years ago…that was then, this is now. You deal with what is NOW, it’s this new thing they got out called reality.

        1. You’re right. We don’t know those numbers yet, do we? GITMO was closed so . . . wait, no that’s still open. At least he didn’t send more troops to Afghanistan . . . wait, no, he did that too. At least he didn’t allow a doctor who helped us capture Osama Bin Ladin to be arrested and tortured . . . no, wait, he did that.

        2. Tflint writes:

          “How many worldwide economic depressions did he start?”
          ____________________

          Answer:

          Well, he started the current and growing apocalyptic depression. The orchestra is only now just getting warmed up. Curtain’s about to rise.
          ____________________

          Tflint writes:

          “How many illegal wars did he start?”
          ____________________

          Answer:

          The one in Libya, and nearly one in Syria, until Putin played Obama like a cheap fiddle.
          ____________________

          Tflint writes:

          “How many countries did he give to Haliburton?”
          ____________________

          Answer:

          Let’s ask instead how many “green” companies (Solyndra) he showered with American taxpayer money, only to watch it go under anyway.

          And let’s ask about the Canadian company that got hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars to build the word’s worst socialist website for Obamacare.

          Let’s ask about all of the BILLIONS and BILLIONS of American taxpayer dollars that went POOF (to his cronies) into the “shovel-ready jobs” which, as it turns out, were not quite as shovel-ready as he lied about and led stupid people to believe.
          ____________________

          Tflint writes:

          “How many innocent people did he torture?”
          ____________________

          Answer:

          You mean like all of those white American children with deadly diseases that are now being deprived of treatment because they lost their coverage?
          ____________________

          Tflint writes:

          “How many lies did he tell about weapons of mass destruction?”
          ____________________

          Answer:

          Obamacare is a weapon of mass destruction. If it is not repealed, it will be the nail in our coffin. And as everyone now knows, HE LIED, and HE LIED, HE LIED, and HE LIED, and HE LIED through his LYING TEETH about it…ad infinitum.
          ____________________

          Hey Tflint,

          You got any other smart questions you’d like to ask, hotshot? I’ve got lots more answers. It all depends on whether you’re a glutton for punishment.

    1. He is the first president the Secret Service allowed to carry any cell phone. It’s no surprise they don’t let him have an iPhone – with all those built in sensors, network capabilities, motion sensors, GPS, cameras, microphones, and a full UNIX operating system – it’s unreasonable to try to secure such a sophisticated device against all theoretical threats to the president.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.