U.S. Congressman introduces bill to forbid federal agencies from purchasing Apple products until company unlocks terrorist’s iPhone

“A Florida congressman has introduced a new bill that would forbid federal agencies from purchasing Apple products until the company cooperates with the federal court order to assist the unlocking of a seized iPhone 5C associated with the San Bernardino terrorist attack,” Cyrus Farivar reports for Ars Technica.

“In a statement released on Thursday, Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) blasted Apple,” Farivar reports. “‘Taxpayers should not be subsidizing a company that refuses to cooperate in a terror investigation that left 14 Americans dead on American soil,’ he said. ‘Who did the terrorist talk to? Who did he message with? Did he go to a safe house? Is there information on the phone that might prevent a future attack on US soil? Following the horrific events of September 11, 2001, every citizen and every company was willing to do whatever it took to side with law enforcement and defeat terror. It’s time Apple shows that same conviction to further protect our nation today.'”

Farivar reports, “GovTrack gives it a 1 percent chance of passage.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Rep. David Jolly is obviously not a mental giant. And he’s not a patriot, either. This fool wants to fritter away the rights that generations of American patriots sacrificed their lives to protect in exchange FOR NOTHING in return; photos of cafeteria trays, if that. Even if the San Bernadino County’s iPhone inexplicably held every ISIS contact in the world, it wouldn’t be worth giving up our essential liberties.

David Jolly: “Unless you wreck the world’s most secure mobile platform, we’ll force the U.S. government to use insecure crap instead!” Genius. It’s a lose-lose proposition from a loser.

Jolly is currently running for office (Marco Rubio’s vacated Florida Senate seat) by dancing on the corpses of Americans slain in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. In the August 30, 2016, Republican primary election, Floridians should vote for candidates who support freedom and the U.S. Constitution, not candidates like David Jolly who try to make political hay out of the murders of their fellow citizens.

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he’d drop dead instantly upon finding out that such an abject idiot/immoral opportunist could even be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives much less propose such morbid stupidity in a painfully transparent bid to gin up votes from the terminally obtuse.

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

Apple is racking up supporters in privacy fight against U.S. government overreach – March 3, 2016
Husband of San Bernardino terrorism victim backs Apple vs. U.S. government overreach – March 3, 2016
Over 40 companies to back Apple vs. U.S. government overreach; beleaguered Samsung still thinking about it – March 3, 2016
Apple posts amicus briefs in support of Apple vs. U.S. government overreach – March 3, 2016
U.S. Defense Secretary says strong encryption essential to national security, not a believer in back doors – March 3, 2016
Apple digs in for long fight against U.S. government overreach: ‘There is no middle ground’ – March 3, 2016
ACLU, other privacy groups urge U.S. judge to support Apple vs. U.S. government in iPhone case – March 2, 2016
Apple scored the knockout punch against FBI in House Judiciary Committee hearing – March 2, 2016
Within an hour of Malaysia Flight 370 disappearing, Apple was working with officials to locate it – March 2, 2016
John McAfee reveals how the FBI can unlock an iPhone in 30 minutes – March 2, 2016
Can the FBI force a company to break into its own products? No, says U.S. Magistrate – March 2, 2016
Apple CEO Cook decried Obama’s ‘lack of leadership’ on encryption during a closed-door meeting last month – February 29, 2016
Obama administration set to expand sharing of data that N.S.A. intercepts – February 28, 2016
Apple’s fight with U.S. could speed development of devices impervious to government intrusion – February 24, 2016
Petition asks Obama administration to stop demanding Apple create iPhone backdoor – February 19, 2016
Obama administration claims FBI is not asking Apple for a ‘backdoor’ to the iPhone – February 18, 2016
Obama administration wants access to smartphones – December 15, 2015
Obama administration war against Apple just got uglier – July 31, 2015
Obama’s secret attempt to ban cellphone unlocking, while claiming to support it – November 19, 2013

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


        1. I’m actually a retired cop (26 years). That’s how we referred to the FBI, as the feebs or fb1. I remember reading in the newspaper about the fb1 making a arrest the day after I arrested the suspect.

        1. Apple should make one hacked phone and give it to him. It wouldn’t be as hard as Apple says. Anytime the camera sees a total moron, it would automatically unlock.

    1. Relax, the guy is just getting his jollies. /jk

      Seriously, this is the kind of sound bite politics that has proven successful in getting idiots elected. Insert a keyword into a short phrase (no requirement for that phrase to be valid) and repeat incessantly. Insert new keyword and repeat. The pre-programmed electorate mindlessly votes for said idiot based on party lines or just because his name is “Jolly” and they like the idea of a happy Senator.

      Our government was founded by some of the best and brightest minds of the times back in the 1700s. Why are we increasingly electing idiots?

      1. This guys is either 1) a idiot who truly believes what he’s pushing (which wouldn’t surprise me as there are so many idiots [the electorate] who believe what someone else is pushing), or 2) he is pandering.

        Or both… more than likely.

    2. Given that politicians are among the most venal people on earth, I would be curious to know who his financial supporters are for example is Microsoft or Google on that list?

    1. terrorism – noun

      1) the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.


      2) the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.


      3) a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

      Hopefully doesn’t check this too or you guys on the other side of the ocean are in big big trouble.

    1. Welcome to the Banana Republic here in Florda. We have many of the biggest group of moronic politicians in the country as well as constitutes. Give the jerk a TracPhone .

      1. Lynnw, Tracfone (with an «F») is not a phone but a carrier. I use Tracfone with my very secure iPhone 5s. I agree with rest of your post, (except for the «constitutes» bit).

  1. All it is, is a politician trying to get some attention for himself. All this grandstanding is about getting elected.

    I would be more impressed with the politician actually tried to solve some real issues like the economy, national debt and failing education system.

  2. I just posted this but I guess I need to post this again , hopefully somebody can pass the facts to the moron:

    “most people against Apple I suspect don’t really understand the long term implications of the case.

    I reiterate what’s been put out:

    1) it’s NOT limited to one phone as there are many phones by the DOJ, FBI, various other courts waiting to be hacked. As Tim cook pointed out a judge might think a Divorce case might be important enough (in the N.Y case where the judge sided with Apple the criminal had already pleaded guilty but the police still wanted the phone hacked)
    2) once the Hacker OS is created there is nothing to stop another judge or foreign country from demanding it.
    3) in future cases DEFENSE lawyers might demand to see the details of how the phone was cracked

    with all these cases the tool WILL leak and get into hands of Criminal Hackers . So family info, bank accounts, passkeys etc are all vulnerable

    and this case sets a precedent where the security forces are granted brand new powers to compel corporations and people (who have nothing to do with crime etc) to build stuff on their behalf.

    not to mention this seems to be a test case for certain groups like the FBI to eventually push for backdoors for everything which will jeopardize the tech landscape everywhere.

    so this is not just Apple’s fight for ‘privacy’ against government (important as that is) but much bigger.

    (it seems to us MDN readers that what I said is obvious but reading other general news forums and hearing presidential candidates speak I think lots of people still don’t get it .. ) ”


    1. Don’t bother going to his House site and its Clearwater congressional district zip code only.
      But, this is a place you can leave a message. Be nice and explain it to him. I passed on the CNN link of the man whose wife survived.

  3. How did this guy get elected? Oh wait, he’s from Florida, that explains a lot. Apparently those folks in Florida like their politicians campaigning with their heads up their ass.

  4. Jesus Christ, the bloody rhetoric and obfuscation by both politicians and law enforcement agencies is ridiculous. America, do you REALLY think you have a terrorist problem? Here’s some numbers for you then you tell me why you would want the US intelligence and law enforcement agencies be given the capability to get into our phones via a backdoor method. According to the Center for Disease Control (ever heard of them?), between 2004 and 2013 the number of American deaths by terrorism on U.S. soil was 313. In the same timeframe, the number of American deaths by firearms on U.S. soil was 316,545. So just take a moment to digest those numbers. You may look it up, it’s a matter of public record. Oh, and by the way…the guns used in the San Bernadino tragedy were LEGALLY purchased firearms. From the outside looking in (I’m Canadian btw) it really doesn’t appear that terrorism is really a problem at all RELATIVELY speaking.

      1. IIRC, the guns were purchased legally and then transferred to the male terrorist. He later supposedly made alterations (probably just by using a 30-round magazine) to the guns that subsequently made them illegal in cornyfornia

        1. That transfer from one individual to another was illegal in California (didn’t go through an FFL, including waiting period).

          Hacking cosmetics on the hardware was just icing on the cake.

    1. How about 102,810 homicides by firearm in the period 2003-2013?

      I believe facts and figures are only credible when their source is provided. In the case of murder victims by firearms in the US, the FBI Uniform Crime Reports are the gold standard. http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/ For the last 8 years you want Table 11, Homicides by Weapon Type, as the Firearm number is consolidated right at the top.
      Nicely, there was a multi-year report there for 2003-2007, but you have to go year by year after that:
      2003-2007: 49,513
      2008: 9,484
      2009: 9,146
      2010: 8,775
      2011: 8,583
      2012: 8,855
      2013: 8,454

    2. geez! you get an F on the test. people who pick statistics out of context and try to use them to make their ideological rant/point unaware of how unintelligent it makes them look. try this one. i hate polar bears (i don’t, but this is parable). one kills an eskimo hunting for his family. let’s pass a law eradicating all polar bears, because eskimos are endangered.

      sometimes i’m sorry google ever was born. people have stopped learning and understanding and just google factoids. the google search return is void of context. you need to provide that.

      what we need to do is make “bad” people illegal, not guns. a bad person bought the AR-15’s. gave them to another “bad” person. a “bad” thing happened.

      i appreciate and accept your opinion on guns, but the USA gun control issue is a USA issue, not a canadian one.

    3. Ok, some didn’t like the fact I didn’t back up my post with links. Here you go: http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate10_us.html

      I’m not trying to indict your American way of life. I stated clearly I was Canadian. I stand by the statistics I stated. “the number of American deaths by firearms on U.S. soil was 316,545”. I’m only saying that by comparison 313 “American deaths by terrorism on U.S. soil” seems a trivial number and the American public in general seems to be buying into this “TERRORIST PROBLEM”. To ME is doesn’t seem a problem at all. It just seems a veiled reason to get laws passed that ought not be in place.

  5. Jolly represents a swamp with a bunch of trailer parks scattered about. They don’t use Apple products. Unfortunately for Jolly, in a statewide race, places like Miami exist, where people have and love Apple products and they are also educated beyond the 6th grade.

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