After a U.S. magistrate judge in California ordered Apple to break into the iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino Muslim terrorists who killed 14 people last December, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook made it clear that his company would not comply.
Citing concerns regarding the implications of the government’s coercion, Cook stated, “The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices.” But, the Obama regime will not take no for an answer.
On Friday, CNBC confirmed that the Obama Justice Department has filed a motion to force Apple to comply with their demands. Apple previously had until February 26 to respond to the original order.
While there is no new statement as of yet from Apple regarding this latest threat by the Obama regime, Tim Cook was quite clear where Apple stood in regards to concerns about government’s overreach.
In a message to their customers posted on Apple’s website on February 16, Cook ended by addressing concerns about the government’s demands and their belief that compliance with such a demand undermines the freedom and liberty of Americans.
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.