Why would we see a story about how the FBI attacks Apple and Google? Quite simply, because they hate the fact that the public is rebelling against their own lawlessness (if not the FBI’s, then at least the NSA’s).
Thanks to infowars.com for posting this video:
I appreciate that the news anchor is worried that people will get away with crimes with these encrypted iPhones—and, eventually, Google phones.
But doesn’t the fact that we don’t have police cameras monitoring every one of us 24/7 also allow people to get away with crimes? My house is made of walls that no one can see through and there are shades that can block every window. They’re even called “blinds”—so it is obvious they are designed to let us have privacy.
From the Washington Times:
FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.
His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks.
He said he could not understand why companies would “market something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.”
Nothing is out of reach of the government. If they obtain a lawful warrant they can seize the smartphone and demand that it be de-encrypted. If a person refuses, this is no different than a person who blocks the police from searching his home. He can be lawfully dealt with. In the case of a smart phone, the owner can choose to give police the code or else simply spend the rest of his days in jail for refusing to obey a lawful court order.
Whenever you hear about companies that “market something” you need to make an effort to translate the lie into truth. Customers demand tools to expressly allow people to place themselves beyond the power of government. Yes, for some of these people they may want to place themselves beyond the law. But there have always been such people and they have never had enough power in the market to get Apple and Google to offer this level of protection until now. The customers are demanding it. Apple and Google have to sell their devices in an international market where not all people want to be vulnerable to the U.S. government. And many Americans are taking a look at the average character of a government bureaucrat and deciding they would prefer to keep their privacy intact.
No, this is not about a desire to be lawless; it is a distrust of government to not be lawless. We know that the NSA, the FBI, and other government agencies are run by lawless people who confuse their ability to get compliant judges with submitting to the rule of law. The government’s secrecy about how they threatened and controlled these companies has been ended.
Once their spying was no longer secret, the tech companies had to choose between complying with the government or complying with the customers. It is a testament to the power of the market that the companies took the side of the customers.