It’s called Default User Encryption
It blocks anyone from unlocking an Apple iPhone without the password. Pretty cool when you want to keep the “Man” out of your business, right? I like it and think everyone should have similar protections in a world where the government is lurking over our shoulders. We saw how dishonest the intelligence agencies are, how they lied to congress about listening in on our conversations and reading our emails. Where does it end?
Why should we give the feds, the state, or local government access to our private information stored on our smartphones?
Well, there is this case in Pensacola, Florida…the case involving the Saudi flight student who killed three American sailors and wounded eight other people. He is dead too, and before he expired he managed to put a bullet through one of his two iPhones. The second phone was also damaged, but the tech guys managed to put everything back together on both of them.
The investigators know the Saudi terrorist made one phone call before he began his attack. They want to know to whom it was made, and what other contacts might be in these two phones. If there are others out there, the FBI would like to round them up before they strike again. Simple…right?
Sorry. No data so far.
Not so fast!
Attorney General Wray has secured a warrant for the information on the terrorists’ phones, but no one has the ability to unlock them. Apple refuses to even offer any assistance despite the court order. Is this a reasonable position to take? The Feds aren’t demanding (yet) a back door into everyone’s iPhones. So why won’t Apple cooperate?
At a press conference today, Attorney General Barr made the following statement: “So far Apple has not given us any substantive assistance. This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that investigators be able to get access to digital evidence once they have obtained a court order based on probable cause. We call on Apple and other technology companies to help us find a solution so that we can better protect the lives of Americans and prevent future attacks.”
When asked if the Justice Department was going to sue Apple to unlock the phones, the Attorney General refused to comment on his intentions.
What do you think? Is this the camel’s nose in the tent, or is this a special circumstance where Apple should surrender and unlock the phones?
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David Brockett is a Vietnam Veteran and former Marine aviator. He writes fiction and historical fiction, as well as articles on politics, religion, gun-rights, preparedness, and current events.
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