• November 27, 2021

Apple Refuses to Turn Over Info on Dead Terrorist Who Killed 14 People

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When authorities snuffed out the lives of two terrorist killers in Colorado, they confiscated the I-Phone of one of the killers,  Syed Farook.  The phone is encrypted but a federal judge has ruled that Apple must help the Justice Department get around the encryption in order to find out who Farook had been in contact with.  This is not the NSA spying on every phone line in America.  This is information about terrorism and Farook won’t complain, me and the police can vouch for that.  Where does privacy end and national security end.  I say it ends in death.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is furious.  He claims that helping authorities break the encryption on the phone could jeopardize other Apple products in the future.  He has sworn that Apple will refuse to help.  The main argument seems easy to solve in my view.  Apple claims that showing the Justice Department how to break the encrypted code could allow the government to unlock any phone.  I can understand and agree with that.  But, I am willing to bet that neither Justice or the judge would mind if Apple broke the encryption themselves and handed the results over to the government.

 

In the wrong hands, this software – which does not exist today – would have the potential to unlock an iPhone in someone’s physical possession…And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
I am not usually for government spying, but in a clear cut case like this that could foil future terrorist acts and save lives, I have to side with caution over hypotheticals.

 

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