“The Obama administration’s central strategy against strong encryption seems to be waging war on the companies that are providing and popularizing it: most notably Apple and Google,” Jenna McLaughlin reports for The Intercept.
“The intimidation campaign got a boost Thursday when a blog that frequently promotes the interests of the national security establishment raised the prospect of Apple being found liable for providing material support to a terrorist,” McLaughlin reports. “Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of the LawFare blog, suggested that Apple could in fact face that liability if it continued to provide encryption services to a suspected terrorist. He noted that the post was in response to an idea raised by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., in a hearing earlier this month.”
“‘In the facts we considered,’ wrote Wittes and his co-author, Harvard law student Zoe Bedell, ‘a court might — believe it or not — consider Apple as having violated the criminal prohibition against material support for terrorism,'” McLaughlin reports. “Wittes and Bedell argue that Apple’s decision to ‘move aggressively to implement end-to-end encrypted systems, and indeed to boast about them’ after being ‘publicly and repeatedly warned by law enforcement at the very highest levels that ISIS is recruiting Americans”’ — in part through the use of encrypted messaging apps — could make the company liable if “an ISIS recruit uses exactly this pattern to kill some Americans.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Those in government and government agencies who would ignore the U.S. Constitution are getting ever more desperate.
First they tried the “think of the children” bullshit, not they’ve moved on to legal threats.
Speaking of the law: The U.S. federal government should adhere to the U.S. 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. — United States Constitution, Amendment IV
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
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! – Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
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