The full list of who’s for Apple and who’s for U.S. government overreach

“Sheri Pym, the U.S. magistrate who ordered Apple to help the FBI hack into a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, has some reading to do,” Philip Elmer-Dewitt reports for Fortune.

“Thursday was the deadline for so-called friends of the court to weigh in on the case and Pym’s court was hit a flood of letters and briefs the likes of which I suspect she’s never seen,” P.E.D. reports. “In terms of sheer volume, Apple took the day. For the benefit of the press, the company has been keeping close tabs on the flood of support it’s received from tech companies, law professors, privacy advocates, civil liberties groups, encryption experts, and even the family of one of the San Bernardino victims.”

P.E.D. reports, “The FBI’s list is considerably shorter…”

Full list of who’s for Apple and who’s for U.S. government overreach here.

MacDailyNews Take: Who’s for U.S. government overreach? The confused – of which certain elements of and people within the U.S. government are a significant subset.

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 case exposes ongoing rift in Obama administration over encryption policy – March 7, 2016
Apple VP: It’s so disappointing that the U.S. government wants us to sell less-secure technologies – March 7, 2016
Seth Meyers of NBC’s ‘Late Night’ looks at Apple vs. U.S. government – March 6, 2016
Why Apple should hold firm against U.S. government overreach – March 6, 2016
Why even Apple’s mortal enemies are lining up to protest U.S. government overreach – March 4, 2016
San Bernardino DA: Terrorist’s county-owned iPhone could contain ‘dormant cyber pathogen’ or something – March 4, 2016
U.N. Human Rights Commissioner: U.S. government risks opening a Pandora’s Box in Apple iPhone case – March 4, 2016
Former U.S. Homeland Security Chief: iPhone override would be software equivalent of biological weapon – March 4, 2016
U.S. Congressman introduces bill to forbid federal agencies from purchasing Apple products until company unlocks terrorist’s iPhone – March 3, 2016
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
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
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


      1. When has lack of understanding ever stopped a politician? They just can’t figure out which way the wind is blowing on this topic. Plus, Obama seems to favor it and that’s giving them all sorts of dissonance.

  1. Benjamin Franklin was giving the authorities more credit than they deserve. The gov’t agencies we reply on to preserve our safety and security are, for the most part, staffed by a bunch of bungling fools/paranoid megalomaniacs. 😀

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