The Obama Justice Department is upping the ante to force Apple to comply with destroying the company’s own security system in a bid to eradicate the privacy of all Americans. Barry’s federal goons – fearing a loss in the court of public opinion – are putting pressure on a federal judge to “compel” the tech giant to sniff the glove. The Obama regime has never been one to show restraint in unleashing the attack dogs in it’s war on civil liberties, whether it be siccing the IRS on conservative Tea Party groups or trying to break the back of one of the most successful companies in the land they will go to the wall. This is a very important battle for any who happen to value the ability to communicate privately and engage in political activities that may not be favorable to the US government and conservatives should realize that they are increasingly coming under scrutiny in a country where free speech is on the ropes.
Reuters reports on the latest developments in the story “U.S., Apple ratchet up rhetoric in fight over encryption”:
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion on Friday seeking to compel Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to comply with a judge’s order to unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters, portraying the tech giant’s refusal as a “marketing strategy.”
In response, a senior Apple executive, speaking with reporters on condition of anonymity, characterized the Justice Department’s filing as an effort to argue its case in the media before the company has a chance to respond.
The back and forth escalated a showdown between the Obama administration and Silicon Valley over security and privacy that ignited earlier this week.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the tech company’s help to access shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone by disabling some of its passcode protections. The company so far has pushed back and on Thursday won three extra days to respond to the order.
Another senior Apple executive said Congress is the right place for a debate over encryption, not a courtroom.
The executive said Apple was stunned that such a legal request had come from the U.S. government rather than a country with weaker traditions of protecting privacy and civil liberties.
The motion to compel Apple to comply did not carry specific penalties for the company, and the Justice Department declined to comment on what recourse it was willing to seek.
In the order, prosecutors acknowledged that the latest filing was “not legally necessary” since Apple had not yet responded to the initial order.
The clash between Apple and the Justice Department has driven straight to the heart of a long-running debate over how much law enforcement and intelligence officials should be able to monitor digital communications.
A federal court hearing in California has been scheduled for March 22 in the case, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
It’s hard to believe that conservatives would allow themselves to be suckered by ANYTHING that comes out of the festering wart on the ass of democracy that is the Obama administration but that’s exactly what is happening over the phony iPhone controversy. By using the San Bernardino ISIS groupies as the protagonists in the government’s war on
terror privacy narrative it is a slam dunk with a public that has been bullied and browbeaten into meekly surrendering their rights in the aftermath of 9/11.
Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik are just the latest bogeyman to be invoked in matters of getting on with the fascist transformation of America into a Big Brother totalitarian society that brooks no dissent. The lines on what constitutes “terrorism” have been slowly blurred so as to turn it into a catch all term and it’s not a reach that the feds consider global warming naysayers, anti-abortion activists, sovereign rights groups and any myriad of others as suspect. Just look at the ongoing battle to get the Obama regime to divulge the details of exactly what it is that is meant by “violent extremism”.
It is no more advisable to trust the Obama regime than it is to trust ISIS at this point, one might even consider ISIS to be more trustworthy because they are at least open in their intent to destroy America.