Apple CEO Tim Cook advocates privacy, says terrorists should be ‘eliminated’

“The Apple Watch, which will go on sale in April, may be Tim Cook’s greatest personal and professional gamble, but it is consumer privacy that has demanded most of his attention in recent weeks,” Allister Heath reports for The Telegraph. “The chief executive of Apple is a radical privacy advocate and was on the last leg of a trip to Europe and Israel where he discussed this issue extensively.”

“In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Cook said that it is clear that there are many instances of people’s information being ‘trafficked around’ and that this is something his company abhorred. At the moment, however, consumers often ‘don’t fully understand what is going on,’ he added. ‘One day they will, and will be very offended,'” Heath reports. “Apple’s views on the subject stand in stark contrast to the position taken by Facebook and most other US tech giants, which are much more relaxed about these issues. It is also entirely at odds with the position adopted by David Cameron and most governments around the world, who believe that they need ever-increasing monitoring powers to combat crime and terror, dismissing the concerns of civil libertarians.”

“Cook disagrees fundamentally. ‘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,'” Heath reports. “But what about the threat of terrorism? Wouldn’t retaining privacy help those who seek to butcher us, such as the monster formerly known as Jihadi John? The Apple boss is clearly no softie or apologist on the matter. ‘Terrorism is horrible and must be stopped. All of us must do everything we can do to stop this craziness.’ He adds subsequently that ‘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.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in September 2014:

Think of The Children™. Whenever you hear that line of horseshit, look for ulterior motives. Fear mongers: Those who use of fear, scare tactics, and emotional appeals in attempts to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end.

And, as we wrote earlier this month:

Do not support fear-mongers who espouse Big Brother-esque surveillance doctrine. Adhere to the U.S. Constitution.

Lastly, as we’ve quoited umpteen times:

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

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. – Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1961

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      1. Yes let’s find the terrorists, starting with neocons who subvert the government for their own gain. I believe that would be one definition of a terrorist.

        Let’s start with Scott Walker, or Ted Cruz, or John Boehner

          1. An infant can make these sort of empty criticisms. Naysaying is one of the easiest human activities.

            Trouble is that the VAST majority of the population are just as venal, selfish and protective of their own in-group as any politician you despise. What do you propose instead? (Seriously.)

            1. Hw about a restructure of political parties that cannot court favors to the highest bidder (corporate lobbyists) , a disincentive to use the office for personal gain, fair and even election guidelines & funding, the elimination of parties in general that can be used like unions to coerce a certain vote within the party – all elected officials would be their own independent “party” and upon running for election you would clearly know what they stand for.

              Oh you can do a lot to make Congress a more efficient and less corrupt place if we but had the will. As always the problem with politicians is they’re human.

            1. They won’t go peacefully, but you know if you do manage one day to get them to say the world court tribunal to be tried for the crimes against humanity you won’t have to torture them to obtain the evidence.

              Oh to see hear and read it….”Justice has been served.”

              Have fun Derek.

  1. The writer uses the word “radical” carelessly. “Radical” has many meanings and connotations.

    I will give some benefit of doubt and believe the writer meant to say “strong advocate.”

    The Telegraph should have known better.

    1. From his use of ‘radical’, the USA as a whole was created as a ‘radical’ nation. The right of privacy is fundamental, which is why it’s written into the US Constitution:

      The Fourth Amendment To The US Constitution

      “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.”

      There are no special exceptions. The US Congress, President and judiciary have no rights to override the Fourth Amendment, despite all the US government criminal behavior to the contrary. And yes, defending this right is FAR more important than giving way to the influence of terrorism.

    1. They have jobs. They work hard at chopping off heads of innocents including three year old little girls in Mary Jane shoes, burning people, invading museums and destroying treasures of our world heritage, blowing up mosques of others of the same religion as their who happen to believe in a different line of inheritance from their Prophet, and generally planning world domination for their new Caliphate. I’m not sure how well it pays, but it must be pretty good to be able to buy little girl sex slaves for $200,000, slightly older ones, but guaranteed virginal for $150,000, while used ones go for $100,000. It must have great perks. Lots of people around the world are lining up to apply! Why even girls (kind of hard to grasp that concept considering the previously mentioned price list) are hopping on planes to go join up!

      Well, someone better tell those who claim we have to find jobs for these terrorists that they already have jobs. . . or send those idiots over there to volunteer to start job re-training programs for ISIS to re-direct them into new careers. I can see the interview now:

      “Pardon me sir, what were you duties in ISIS? Oh, infidel executioner? OK, Let me see what we might have for you. We have chicken decapitation. . . hog. . . oh, what? Oh, Ok. No working with swine. Uh, how are you at pest control? What? Oh, you know, killing rats, ants, mice, termites. . .uh, sand fleas? What? People of the Book? No, I pretty sure that killing ‘pests’ does not include killing People of the Book. Look was there any other work you did for ISIS? Ohh-Kaay, burning prisoners in cages. . . let’s see what we can do with that. . . “

  2. Way to go Tim Cook: “The Apple boss is clearly no softie or apologist on the matter. “Terrorism is horrible and must be stopped. All of us must do everything we can do to stop this craziness.” He adds subsequently that “these people shouldn’t exist. They should be eliminated.””

    Just remember there are many citizens of the free and civilized world that believe that those who conduct immoral unethical invasions, cybersabotage, cyberespionnage and torture are exactly the type of terrorists you are talking about.

    Good luck, live long and prosper.

    1. Touching tip o’ the cap to Mr. Spock, thank you for that.

      You are almost alone in opposing terrorism in all its forms, even those disguising themselves as patriots and moralists. I salute you for that,.

      1. My initial reaction to the second 9-11 event when it was brought to my attention was “What took them so long?” What should have been a traumatic incident too down the whole purported moral fiber of the United States as it quickly disintegrated into snatching defeat from jaws of victory. Watching the reactions were and still are dumbfounding.

        Some of my American friends have stopped talking to me, worried about conversations being monitored or being associated with me. Yes I have

        I have watched the futile attempts at justifying and moralizing the torture that the United States has engaged, for over a decade now. Every time I hear it, I pay attention and listen but I don’t see many considerations of the other consequences of putting innocent people away and torturing them for years. It goes against any modern day constitution, it goes against the moral fabric of modern day civilized society and it certainly goes against the fiber of humanity.

        Yes I am surprised that I appear to be alone. I thought that there was more mettle when it came to that nation of people. I only appear to be alone at times yes, but that’s all right, some ideals are worth living and dying for “because the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one.”

        The many fearful, armed to the teeth torturing ones need that weight, their guns only to be pried from their cold dead hands. That weighs them down and adds to the crumbling of their empire. The ones guided by life’s energies have empty hands and light hearts.

        That’s why Apple is so important right now. It is more than the products it creates, it is the approach and attitude of love. Many have and will continue to try to corrupt and manipulate it, after all love is the greatest threat to terrorists.

        1. 9/11 and what it spawned was one of the most abysmal lows of US history. But it’s pointless chattering about it at this point in time. It’s far too depressing and unbelievable to the vast majority of people within the USA, especially since we’re still involved in the consequences and we still don’t know exactly what happened that day.

          Just give the finger to the Neo-Conservatives for their role in the entire horror of bad ideas and murder. (Don’t worry. Eventually everyone will understand why I say ‘murder’).

            1. There you go again!

              No hate here, only pity. Your hate for our kind is plain to see.

              When Dinosaur Dumb Liberals such as yourself realize their is a better way and get out of OUR WAY we can make the world a better place.


          1. Ooops I better make this my last post for a while, or it will look like thread hijacking.

            I don’t think it’s pointless chattering, it’s going to take a lot of dialogue to get over this and who knows this forum may be read by future historians and we might end up with a post humerus peace prize or something. I think this unbelievable reaction of the population indicates how effective the forces of hmmm I’ll say “bureaucracy” are controlling and herding. That includes the media of course.

            Those responsible aren’t worthy of me lifting a finger. Had I any of those scum that you mention within physical proximity I’d give them more than what they deserved. I’d give them a raised head to heavens and a quiet “forgive them mother even if they know what they are doing.”

            Then I’d get out of karma’s way.

            Always a pleasure Derek. I’m off now, honest.

            1. who knows this forum may be read by future historians and we might end up with a post humerus peace prize or something

              Who knows indeed. I’m not counting on it!

              The herding of the peasants is a very old practice. What’s more recent is the mass marketing of propaganda, which became a formal pursuit about a century ago. Using strategy of using massive ‘false flag’ catastrophes as a cattle prod was started in the 20th century. The first I am aware of was the burning of the Reichstag in Berlin by the Nazis, who attributed it to communists attempting to take over the government. Then there was Pearl Harbor, 9/11…

        1. Islam is just an excuse for these thugs. If it weren’t Islam it would be something else that justifies their expression of hatred. These are small people with very small minds. They are hardly distinguishable from animals. All they know is that they are angry and disinherited. Their simplistic reasoning doesn’t get as far as philosophy and theology. They just follow orders from those who empower them. They need to be exterminated like the vermin that they are. But just as with termites or coyotes, an ideological argument is beyond them.

          Those who seek to create a theological and political bogey man in order to justify negating our Constitutional rights to privacy and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure are worse than the terrorists. They, at least, are smart enough to know what they are doing, and that it’s morally indefensible, but they proceed anyway. If you think that Obama is worse than Bush, or vice versa, so what? Does it matter who curtails our freedoms? Is it somehow better if a Conservative Republican confiscates our firearms and declares martial law? There’s no difference in the end. We are enslaved. Shame on us if we help forge our own chains by backing one side or the other.

  3. The revealing of this “Jihadi John” character just confirms what I’ve always thought about those Islamic State types. Just a bunch of pathetic narcissists desperately trying to make a name for themselves, bigging themselves up and acting all powerful when really they are just scared little boys frightened of a world they are no use to.

    If there were no Islam he’d be a drug dealer. Anything for an easy path rather than get off his backside and genuinely try to make the world a better place. Pathetic and tragic.

  4. Am I the only one who is beginning to be tired of the role of prophet of our time who has taken Tim Cook? Are we falling into a cult of personality? And meanwhile, is increasingly appropriate to recall that of “It’s the software, stupid!”.

  5. “Those who use of fear, scare tactics, and emotional appeals in attempts to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end.”

    -Sounds a lot like Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and other right wig nut bags.

    1. The Federal government is a creature of the States and of the People. Until the States and the People put a leash on their dog, we can expect to get attacked and over and over for the foreseeable future.

      As for right wing nut bags. I always find those comments amusing.

      A vulture has two wings. Meaning it has a left wing as well. Just so happens that left wing includes “nut bags” like Obama, Biden, Reed, Pelosi, Holder, and Jarrett to name but a few.

      The truth is. There are imbeciles on both sides of the isle. It’s the reason I refuse to support Democrats or Republicans. They’re both lunatics, as are many of the people who support them.

  6. Tim Cook speaks,mApple lovers swoon.

    You guys are overlooking just one small detail: who defines what a ‘terrorist’ is and terrorism itself?

    Guys like Cook who have certain unnatural proclivities and uses his bias to squelch free speech and an open marketplace, you don’t think at some point they use the word ‘terrorist’ and call their actions ‘terrorism’ simply because the disagree and oppose their ideas and values?

    It’s the small, things, people, the get dismantled one at a time to bring down a big thing and order to create a new thing (cue music). Guys like Cook and Obama and even those on the Right use a big idea to distract from their true motivations and actions.

    It’s a no-brainer not to give up individual privacey…but what about individual expression? Cook is against it as much as Obama.

    Careful what you cheer for…..

      1. There you go again.

        You’re only making the point that Cook is for ‘open’ expression that he is aligned with. However, he’s the same man that fired an individual lobbying for the company that in his private life advocates (an ‘open’ expression of his beliefs) against homosexual same-sex marriage. No evidence the man undermined Apples directions. Makes you wonder how many store employees or even corporate ones who attend traditional Christian churches or advocate against such silly ideas as homosexual same-sex marriage. I would bet money it’s more than one.

        And what the hell is ‘gay?’ Homosexual as a word scares you so much you’re afraid to use it? So much for ‘pride.’

    1. if you don’t get Cook’s definition of terrorism that needs to be eliminated go to syria and ISIS will practice their ” individual expression” on you and you will understand.

      1. It’s one definitions. What are the ones he doesn’t talk about? Like calling advocating against homosexual same-sex marriage is ‘hate’ speech even though it’s argued using critical thought and factual, historical and cultural references while the ‘pro’ advocates use such derogatory demogogory similes of comparisons to mass muderers and historical villains whom all sprang from socialist tyrants?

        Give me a break. And when has Cook ever talked about ISIS other than to draw a connection to our government’s ILLEGAL wiretapping? If he has, bet he has apologized to Islam in the same breath.

        Good grief.

  7. Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain!

    Funny how the USA can put a Navy Cruiser, an Island in Hawaii or a couple of sky scrapers in New York in jeopardy so they can grab territory, get into a World War or help build an extreme Muslim Jihad.

    Way to go! USA!

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