“FBI Director James Comey said the government isn’t looking to send a message with a court order to compel Apple Inc. to unlock a terror suspect’s iPhone but acknowledged that the case may set a precedent,” Del Quentin Wilber reports for Bloomberg.
“Federal prosecutors simply want any potential evidence that may be on a phone used by one of the attackers in the December mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Comey said. Even so, the director agreed with Apple’s claim that the outcome may have broader consequences,” Wilber reports. “‘Whatever the judge’s decision is in California, it will be appealed and it will be instructive for other courts,’ Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee. ‘There may well be other cases that involve the same kind of phone and same kind of operating system.'”
“Apple is refusing to cooperate. Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has vowed to fight the order, saying the software doesn’t exist and creating it would potentially put billions of iPhones at risk of being hacked or spied on by governments. Apple’s response to the court is due Friday,” Wilber reports. “‘The only way to get information, at least currently the only way we know, is to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the software equivalent of cancer,’ Cook said… in an interview aired Wednesday on ABC’s ‘World News.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: First it was “it’s only one iPhone.” Then it wasn’t.
The FBI obviously cherry-picked this case (and likely fscked up the Apple ID on purpose to trigger this case) in order to engender complicity from (a dumbed-down portion of) the general public who’re willing to forfeit their rights for absolutely no guarantee of even temporary safety.
Now, it’s “we’re not trying to set a precedent, we only want what’s best for the children” bullshit.
Hey, Comey: Blow it out yer ass, you transparent, lying hack.
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
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