U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch plays disinformation card in iPhone unlocking fight

“U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch hopes Apple will finally see the light and comply with a Federal Court order to create a passcode hackable version of the iPhone operating system for an FBI investigation,” Jeff Gamet writes for The Mac Observer. “In an interview on Fox News, Ms. Lynch said, ‘It is still our hope that [Apple] will see their way clear to complying with that order as thousands of other companies do every day.'”

“The iPhone maker has a new ally in its defense now that a Federal judge in a separate case ruled the All Writs Act — the basis for the FBI’s request — doesn’t grant the government the authority to force Apple to create a less secure version of iOS,” Gamet writes. “[Now, about] Ms. Lynch’s statement that thousands of companies comply with ‘that order’ every day. So far, no company has complied because only one — in the entire history of the United States — has ever been ordered to do so, and that company is currently contesting its validity and legal standing.”

“If this was the kind of order thousands of companies complied with daily, Apple wouldn’t be in a position to call it unprecedented and Director Comey wouldn’t be conceding that it will set precedent,” Gamet writes. “That makes Ms. Lynch’s statement either misinformed or misleading, and considering she’s the Attorney General for the United States it’s a safe bet she isn’t misinformed.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The correct term for what Lynch is doing is disinformation.

Lynch et al. are already desperately stooping to disinformation because they’re losing and liberty is winning.

Do the right thing, U.S. Congress!

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, February 2016

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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21 Comments

  1. MDN is right on. So much reporting has been “Apple refusing to unlock terrorist phone” with no attention paid to the actual facts of the situation. An embarrassment to the Executive Branch and the Fourth Estate. Shame on them both.

    1. These people just want to see Apple dragged through the muck and they can also get their ten minutes of fame by being anti-Apple. They let the gun companies do their dirt, but they have to go after evil Apple because of some harmless iPhone. Apple hasn’t paid off enough of the right people to make things quietly go away.

    2. She ought to concentrate on doing her job and indict Hillary Clinton and put at least one member of the biggest crime families in America in prison where they belong.

  2. lmfao…after all of the MDN rants about the incompetence of every aspect of the U.S. Government and its employees, MDN actually appeals to the U.S. Congress to “do the right thing”? Congress is the source of most of the fsck-ups we currently enjoy.

    1. True, Congress is dysfunctional. Much of that dysfunction comes from the vast amount of money that flows into their campaign coffers. The single most important thing a Congressman or Senator does is whatever it takes to get re-elected.

      However, in this case, there are no big corporations offering anyone bundles of money to write laws that would support the administration. Furthermore, the desire among Republicans never to do anything President Obama wants will make it very difficult to vote for the administration’s position.

      In the big scheme of things, probably most people in this country don’t even know about the kerfuffle over this single iPhone. But of the ones who DO know, there are very few, if any, average citizens that feel strongly that Apple should comply with the court order. The passion is behind those who stand with Apple. And I’ll bet a huge majority of them will vote and that the position their Senators and Representatives take on this position will matter to them a whole lot.

      Since there’s no big money pushing the other way, I’d say chances that Congress will side with We the People on this one issue are reasonably good.

    2. People’s minds can change. Rush Limbaugh (one of MDN’s favorite people) railed against the “liberal” ACLU for years until, one fine day in Palm Beach, his medical records were seized by overzealous agents. The ACLU filed an amicus brief to support his right of privacy, and Rush changed his tune about the organisation.

      1. I am kidding, in that it’s rhetorical. I am getting philosophical here, no real score or answers – only questions.

        I am tired of plainly obvious lies and disinformation. I mean who’s kidding who?

        Constitution wise, were our founding fathers right? Let’s not get stuck on the infallible. Obviously, people in our own government think not. That is why we have this current mess.

        I understand, simply asking questions is a problem. “There is only one way,” but since we deviate from that way, how can we face our children and tell them, someday you can be President or just like “that guy” when it’s not true.

  3. I still wonder if these government officials comprehend:

    A) The US Constitution
    B) Encryption technology

    If these are people who understand exactly what they’re asking for but are attempting to hoodwink, scam, fool, coerce with ill intent We The People, then to hell with them.

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