“The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true” ~ Apple CEO Tim Cook
Following a U.S. magistrate judge’s order in California that said Apple must break into the iPhone of the San Bernardino Islamic terrorist, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly announced that Apple will not be complying with such a demand.
On the Apple website, Cook charged that the Obama Regime is basically asking the company to create a backdoor opening for the built-in encryption in the iPhone, something that the company has rejected for several years.
“The FBI asked us for help in the days following the attack, and we have worked hard to support the government’s efforts to solve this horrible crime,” Tim Cook on the public Apple website on Tuesday. “We have no sympathy for terrorists.”
However, Cook said that the Obama government doesn’t just want to hack into the terrorists phone records, but essentially is demanding that the company design a tool that would allow them to hack into any Apple customer’s personal cell phone, a dangerous precedent especially if the technology fell into the wrong hands.
“When the FBI has requested data that’s in our possession, we have provided it. Apple complies with valid subpoenas and search warrants, as we have in the San Bernardino case,” Cook wrote. “We have also made Apple engineers available to advise the FBI, and we’ve offered our best ideas on a number of investigative options at their disposal.”
“We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.
Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.
The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.”
Furthermore, Cook is basically contending that the Obama government is basically lying by claiming that the backdoor could only be used on one iPhone, a ridiculous assertion.
“The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone,” Cook asserts. “But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices.”
Big Brother Obama is no stranger to using the power of government to abuse American citizens, whether it was lying to Americans over the promised benefits of Obamacare, to using the power of the IRS to attack Americans who have a conservative political ideology and believe in the U.S. Constitution, the Tea Party.
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects American citizens against government intrusion like the type the Obama Regime would love to conduct.
Giving the Obama Regime this kind of power is an electronic can of worms that Cook doesn’t want to open, calling it a chilling government overreach.
“The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.
Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.
We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.
While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”
Or as Benjamin Franklin put it, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”