Apple refuses to hack iPhone of San Bernardino jihad slaughterers

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Apple has refused to help break into the phone of the Muslim mass murderers in San Bernardino after a judge ordered them to do so. This is elemental, and yet it escapes even the most high-minded on the left. Leftism is like a form of brain cancer — it eats the brain’s ability to reason.

Jihad savages know they have no greater friend than the left.

There was a time when the American electorate, media, academia and cultural elites were proudly pro-American and could easily distinguish between right and wrong, good and evil. Look back at the twentieth century, when everyone from Hollywood to Harvard and beyond actively loved our country and actively supported our war efforts in defense of freedom. But that was then. The rise of the left necessitates the blurring of such lines. First and foremost, morality must be ridiculed, mocked, and destroyed. Without morality, the individual loses the ability to think, to reason.

Herein lies the poison fruit of leftist moral depravity:
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Apple refuses to hack iPhone of San Bernadino gunman
CEO tells federal prosecutors that ‘building a backdoor’ to the device is a risky and dangerous step
By AFP February 17, 2016:

Apple has rejected a judge’s order to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, warning it was “too dangerous” to create such a backdoor to the smartphones.

US magistrate Judge Sheri Pym ordered Apple on Tuesday to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI, including disabling an auto-erase feature after too many unsuccessful attempts are made to unlock the iPhone 5C.

Federal prosecutors had filed a motion requesting Apple’s help after the FBI failed to crack the phone’s code two months into the investigation into the December rampage.

Syed Farook, a US citizen, and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik gunned down 14 people at an office party in San Bernardino, California, before they were killed in a shootout with police.

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This July 27, 2014, photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook, as they passed through O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. A U.S. magistrate has ordered Apple to help the Obama administration hack into an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in San Bernardino, Calif. on Feb. 16, 2016 (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

This July 27, 2014, photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook, as they passed through O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. A U.S. magistrate has ordered Apple to help the Obama administration hack into an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in San Bernardino, Calif. on Feb. 16, 2016 (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

But Apple said it would fight the judge’s order, firing the latest shot in a growing debate over encryption pitting the government against tech companies.

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“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement on the company’s website.

“We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”

Cook said it was too risky to provide the requested software because it could allow individuals of ill intention to unlock any iPhone and raises major privacy concerns.

“The US 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,” Apple said.

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Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial near the Inland Regional Center on December 4, 2015 in San Bernardino, California, two days after a shooting attack by Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)

Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial near the Inland Regional Center on December 4, 2015 in San Bernardino, California, two days after a shooting attack by Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)

“In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

“While the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control,” he said, adding that Apple has cooperated with the FBI thus far.

By disabling the security features, the FBI would be able to attempt as many different password combinations as needed before gaining access to the phone.

It was the property of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, which employed Farook, and the authority had agreed to the search of the phone.

Pym ordered Apple to provide software that would only run on the device in question, or any other technological means to access its data.

But Apple said it was impossible to create such a tool that could only be used once, on one phone.

“Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices,” Apple said.

“In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable.”

The US government is concerned that commercially-available encryption benefits criminals.

Tech companies, intent on securing the trust of consumers after government spying revelations made by Edward Snowden, have been reluctant to be seen as helping authorities spy on users.

“We can find no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack,” Apple said.

“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.”

Cook warned that if Apple complied with the order, the government could demand surveillance software to intercept, access health and financial data, track users’ location or access a phone’s microphone or camera without the user’s knowledge.

“We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country,” Cook added.

US Attorney Eileen Decker had earlier called the order “another step –- a potentially important step –- in the process of learning everything we possibly can about the attack in San Bernardino.”

  • joker

    No, full stop Apple is correct by not doing or assisting in a job the authorities have to do, or basically lacking in doing so. I hope we will see more muzzrat attacks thanks to the FBI, CIA and whoever else.

    • LAPhil

      You HOPE we will?

    • You “hope to see” more attacks? If so, then your level of despicable mindset is beyond pathetic. I suppose you would applaud such attacks if they hit you or your loved ones? I think not. Such sentiments are generally only aired when others would suffer from them. Full stop for you instead, Joker, as your attitude is beneath contempt.

      • joker

        No really I hope more muzzrat attacks will come so the tipping point is coming and we (as a nation) will deal with the muzzrats once and for ever. (Basically most of the victims by muzzrats have voted for them anyway).

        • So you really are morally reprehensible and a dismal example of humanity, then. OK, I wasn’t sure, and wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt. Good to know that your opinions are so worthless. Time for me to move on to discussions with actual human beings, Joker. You just don’t qualify for that definition.

    • Dr. Doomsday

      Horse manure. Industry people, experts in their fields are consulted lots of times. This is just bullshit from the self appointed, self righteous Mt. View elite class.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Apple would be in contempt of court in a civilized country, in Caliph-ornia… that is another story. However there is a slippery slope here. If the government can impose a “backdoor” for data retrieval on cell phones, what is to stop it from abusing this procedure to the detriment of the American citizen? What passes for a federal government in America has clearly practiced contempt for constitutional rights of Americans, spying on them more will not improve the situation . Especially when the imam of the white mosque could intrude more on the privacy of the individual. In this case of terrorism and murder, a court order to retrieve evidence should be obeyed. This is a one time thing, to be repeated only with a search warrant if part of a legitimate investigation, no blanket search warrants.

    • While that may what is asked for, Apple could easily put the solution in
      place, open the phone, and refuse to give the software itself over.
      However, they refuse to act in the public good at all, so no, their
      actions are inexcusable and inflexible, with no desire to actually solve
      the problem at hand.

      • wilypagan

        Even if Apple does not release the new software, someone within the company could steal it. Do you really think there are no government or ISIS moles working at Apple?

    • Ron Cole

      A slippery slope in any case.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        This is going to be colossally fubar, at best.

    • Tracy Sutton

      Government ALWAYS reserves the right in matters of national security to do just whatever the hell it wants, you spoonfed monkies.lol

      • Mahou Shoujo

        What governments can do, will do, should do, and don’t are the points of discussion. The view from outside America’s borders, your federal government’s definition of national security involves submission to islam.

  • Dr. Doomsday

    Complete grandstanding idiocy for image and free publicity.
    Companies routinely deal with subpoenas on all kinds of information, especially companies that deal in information and technology.

    All these leftist vomitbags from Mt. View had to do was help out, and say nothing.
    Instead, they want to perpetuate their bogus image of their sh*t doesn’t stink.

    Crapple.

    • Mahou Shoujo

      Apple is not the company it used to be, it is now a self serving ivy tower mentality of pseudo intellectuals, not dissimilar to well trained monkeys considering themselves to be “illuminati”. If apple does not comply with a court order, toss a few executives in the clink, without their cell phones.

      • Ron Cole

        Think about this.
        Let the Law run it’s course.
        Apple is a big boy and can defend it’s self.

        • Mahou Shoujo

          True, the only issue I really have is the refusal to comply with a court order, but then, shah hussain of America does not have to follow the constitution, Law and order are what grease the wheels of justice and society. There are those who throw sand in the bearings.

          • notislam

            BHO is a traitor and now by refusing the FBI we can see that Apple sides with BHO and is a traitor as well.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            There is evidence that apple is a progressive liberal democrat poser, not unlike islam, hiding behind the facade of “confidentiality and responsibility” . Apple and others with the same politically correct mindset end up with a thumb up their anus, wondering why look ridiculous, when they know they are “kewl”.

          • wilypagan

            They are all in it up to their necks.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            True, some businesses have discovered market sectors they appeal to, with a customer base looking for whatever is being sold. Presumptuous, progressive snide political correctness is big money these days. There are a lot of posers who will pay much to look stupid.

          • Pathfinder0100

            You people are NUTS. Isn’t the NSA’s spying enough for you?? I guess not!

          • wilypagan

            I think there is a legitimate question on whether the court order is unconstitutional. Apple has not refused to produce documents or other digital information in its possession. The court ordered Apple to create something. This could be considered a form of involuntary servitude. A warrant only requires you to produce items in your possession, custody or control. In my opinion, the burden lies with Congress, which should outlaw US sales of encrypted iPhones with no backdoor, or outlaw sales of Apple products altogether if the company is found to be producing and supplying equipment to the enemy. A serious drop in share price might clarify the issues for Cook. Difficult times for our freedoms.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            True, the only question I have is that as there is evidence of a fairly serious crime, mass murder, with possible links to a plot to damage the country. If that information can be obtained, it should be. There is no law prohibiting enthusiastically interrogating terrorists, so why is a phone privileged?

          • wilypagan

            I don’t think the phone or its contents are privileged. The problem is that its contents are inaccessible absent creation of a new algorithm. What is pathetic and rather disturbing is that our government security agencies are not on top of the de-encryption game. If they have to ask or get a court to order Apple to help them, how could they possibly be able to protect us from future massacres? Seems like they need to pony up some funds and start hiring some talent.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            Todays encryption is, for all practical purposes. unbreakable, it would be necessary to get around the protective software and directly access the data. That would not be easy, if it is possible at all.

          • wilypagan

            Which is why Apple should not be forced to spend company resources on such a project. The government really should have its own techies and be ahead of the game on this. If the court orders Apple to be paid just compensation by the government for its services, then I have less of a problem with it, but that still does not address the issue of harm to the brand by being forced to effectively reduce the utility of their product. Interesting. Someone needs to develop a code to destroy/crash all Arabic, Farsi, Pashtun access to the Internet.

          • Mahou Shoujo

            Prevention is better than cure, you are right. Encryption is not breakable, is someone wants to write software to make it so. There is much at stake with this issue. Free speech, right or assembly to start with. As the white mosque is clearly in favour of implementing a “shari’a” like legal system, with the government controlling all levels of society. It is probably better to drop this as it will only lead to lawyers for Apple and the government getting wealthy on billable hours arguing the case.

      • Thomas

        Apple never was “the company it use to be”. The company you
        may have thought it was or wanted it to be, is an illusion. Your perception is probably a product of your own good nature, more than of any Apple reality.

        Somewhere between Apple II and III (major fail), when they
        had a chance to rule the world wide computer market, they tossed it in favor of greed. IBM took the lead and the rest is history.

        • Mahou Shoujo

          As I loath computers with a passion born of decades running them in many different forms, it is my belief that integrated circuits contain demons from hell, who’s propose is to antagonize humanity in every way possible. Window’s being the portal to aforementioned “hell”. Apple’s operating system was designed for simple minded, result oriented people like me. Now, it has tried to maintain the cult icon status it used to be, it is a technical trinket for the brain dead to display their elitism with. More of a “coffee table” book than a useful appliance.

      • catinpvb

        You have just described ‘Google’. . .the Government’s ‘best friend’. Of course, they helped create this soon to be ‘Master of the Universe’; and with that; Government has no problem being ‘insider’..

        • Mahou Shoujo

          All big companies are primarily interested in active information gathering to influence public opinion, buying habits and personal information. that is why it is necessary to insert semi true information wherever you can. It screws the data. The top and bottom responses are usually not used, to eliminate malcontents and sucks. Go in the middle to make sure your views get included.

    • Undercover agent

      They should definitely unlock the phone(s) owned by ANY criminals – on a case by case basis any time it is requested by LE.
      I have no problem with them not creating a “back door” for LE – people have a right to privacy unless there is reasonable cause to access their information.
      One thing I wonder – is all this a show to make us THINK they can’t access our phone information?

  • rambler

    Had the immigration people banned her from entering the country and the FBI done something when they were told something….. in other words.. DONE THEIR FLIPPIN’ JOBS, it wouldn’t be necessary for the gov to bully a private company now. I doubt that this has anything really much to do about those 2 terrorists specifically as it is to use them as an excuse to allow the gov to get into all phones.

    • notislam

      They won’t do their jobs because the TRAITOR -BHO ordered them NOT TO DO THEIR JOBS.

      • Tracy Sutton

        Exactly

      • rambler

        All by design.

    • wilypagan

      Good point. If we would stop allowing the enemy entry into our country we would not have to sacrifice the freedoms of our citizens.

  • Beach_Road_Mauler

    If he persists arrest Tim Cook. Then convict him of assisting terrorists and send him to prison for 10 years. Then force Apple to comply or put them out of business and send all the company’s officers to prison as well. Apple has decided that selling iPhones to Muslims is more important than stopping these insane 7th century lunatics from killing us. I have no sympathy for Apple. Fuk with them.

    • RetiredNavyphotog

      He will definitely be someone’s “wife” in prison.

  • Tim Johnson

    You seem to miss the point, the feds don’t want the phone unlocked, they want apple to develop a software patch that gives the feds a back door into the iPhone. Any iPhone.

    • While that may what is asked for, Apple could easily put the solution in place, open the phone, and refuse to give the software itself over. However, they refuse to act in the public good at all, so no, their actions are inexcusable and inflexible, with no desire to actually solve the problem at hand.

    • There has to be a work-around.

      • Dr. Doomsday

        Hmm, let me think…
        They can gps my car, read my email, snail mail, facebook, twitter, track my cell phone, bug my house, video surveil me, bug my computer, look at all my bank records and financial transactions, and even task a drone or satellite to track me if they want to spend the money.

        Yeah, I’m all freakin worried about Apple giving in here..

        • Tracy Sutton

          Yes, and in the afe of NO PRIVACY, suddenly this maggot magically has some.lol

    • Aaron

      Exactly correct. Good for Cook. I hope he can stand his ground.

      • Tracy Sutton

        Idiot, way to cheer for stupid!

    • Beach_Road_Mauler

      Good. Then after they get it beat the living sh!t out of Cook. They consider selling iPhones to Muslims more important than our security. And they could care less if they’re terrorists. It’s all about the money. Just like the robber barons of the 1880’s.

  • Millionmileman

    It’s possible that Apple itself can’t crack this and if there is a 6 didgit login code then even GCHQ and MI-5’s Roz is SOL.

  • Again, this is Apple’s need for control, taken to the Nth degree. Yes, protecting the normal customer’s date is good and laudable. However, when you refuse to open a phone of a Jihadist, dead terrorist, convicted murderer, or any other times that the need to violate the policy is obvious and laudable, that is simply ignorant and controlling. I’ve never been an Apple fan, and the more I see, the stronger the aversion grows.

    • RetiredNavyphotog

      Apple users don’t seem to understand that the company is tracking and data mining all their information.
      So they think they actually have privacy from evil Apple?

  • Cache Kid

    What is used on jihadists, will, eventually, be used on anyone and everyone who opposes the current government, without their knowledge.

    I don’t think this is as cut and dried as you make it appear.

  • How can Apple disregard an order from a judge?

    Can Apple get away with this?

    • Ichabod Crain

      They will appeal – all the way to the Supreme court.

      • Yes, and Apple has the funding to do so.

        In the meantime, terrorists will be buying iPhones in bulk.

      • RetiredNavyphotog

        Convenient that we have a dead Justice.

    • catinpvb

      They have not ignored it. . .

  • Have survivors and the bereaved of the San Bernardino attacks stated their
    position on this matter?

    I ask this question because, for several hours, Mr. AOW and I were waiting to hear if his sister-in-law was present in the venue attacked. She wasn’t — thank God.

  • Voytek Gagalka

    And that is yet another example how authorities completely miss the point of that whole struggle against jihadis (they call it “against terror” or “extremism”). Instead to treat all those suspects as enemy combatants, use all necessary methods to extort vital information (yes, including torture or water-boarding), they “play the cat and mouse” game with them, treat them as “criminals,” run to lawyers, courts, ask business companies for “cooperation.” Why? Why it is at all of sudden necessary to crack down some iphones? Shoot bastards if they refuse to cooperate, bomb their nests in foreign countries to the stone age environment (preferably “green glass”) and that’s all! The DHS was allegedly created to “protect” America. And how that worked out? Instead of fighting THEM, they fight US and OUR privacy. That is a newest example, using some snake oil they want to bypass the last protection of our independence. To hell with them!

    • Aaron

      You are right! Yes. The government knows iPhones can employ great encryption–and they don’t like it. Not one bit. More example of government BIG Brother 1984 overreach into, and control of private citizens. They aren’t after the jihadis or they’d employ measures to curtail it–Obama wants access to all private conversations if ANYONE deemed an “Enemy of the State.”

  • Aaron

    I stand with Cook. If Apple agrees to this, they lose their entire brand, and then the company. There’s other ways to get this information. And the authorities know it.

    • Dr. Doomsday

      Their entire brand? Yeah, sure.

      • Aaron

        Yes. The entire brand. If Apple caves to a make-believe “need” by the Feds to crack the Apple product privacy safeguards, not only is it an affront to our basic civil liberties, but I’m sure Apple’s competitors will be very appreciative–both the ones who get access as a “gift” from the Obama administration, and those who hack into our “safe and secure” government sites to get it. Shame on Pamela. What’s next? She is cited for “hate speech” and needs to turn over all her Internet traffic records?

    • Tracy Sutton

      More kindling for the fire, for all the good you lemmings mean to yourselves, let alone humanity./disgust

  • Aaron

    Pamela, I can’t believe you’re one of those “anything goes” types on civil liberties. What a lot of trust you place in government. And you of all people should know better. The Governmentbis NOT your daddy. They’ll be wanting into your phone for anti-Moslem incitement.

    • Tracy Sutton

      They’re already IN your phone, how naive are you fools!? At the least, can’t you READ the very piece you pretend to critique here?! Idiots EVERYWHERE!

  • Ken Andrews

    It’s easy. SANCTIONS. Fine them, restrict their ability to sell etc. Ultimately , failure to obey a court order will land someone who signs off on this refusal in the hoosegow.

  • Side Thorn

    Probably because of the fact it was just another DHS drill using moulaged crisis actors …

    • Dr. Doomsday

      Make sure you take your thorazine before you get put back in your cage.

  • Ichabod Crain

    While it might be expedient to unlock that phone, there is actually little to be gained from it. They already have all the “metadata” – information about who he called and where he was and when – from his service provider. What are they going to get from the phone now they have a record of every number he called? Some cheap dime-a-dozen jihadi videos?

    Meanwhile, what Apple is saying is correct, and they must fight it. Their customers demand it, and they aren’t in the category they are cast in. You would part with your right to privacy so easily just to see the jihai videos on this cell phone?

    Look – in an ideal world, I have nothing to hide, and you have nothing to hide, so what’s the problem?

    The problem is, we simply cannot trust the government! Once we give them the keys to our phones, they are going to be spying on all of us, and using what they learn to stifle dissent. And I bet Pamela will be at the top of the list of people they would love to stifle!

  • Patti York

    This sounds like obstruction of justice to me, they BETTER snap out of it.

  • roccolore

    Once again, Tim Cook appeases Islamists.

    • Tracy Sutton

      APPLE BLOWS ANYWAY.

  • GoCutUrSelf

    I agree with apple – I do not trust the gov and they are using this as an excuse for smart phone backdoor hacks. We know the gov isn’t concerned about Islamic terrorism – they can’t even say the damn 2 words! And the gov doesn’t care about protecting America – look at the open borders and all hate speech that is said in mosques all over the US. I side with apple. The gov needs to go to the damn mosque where this muslim prayed 3 times a day and bust that bs before worrying about some damn contacts in a phone or texts or pictures. They have precious Americans bodies that were murdered by the hateful hands of Islam – what more proof does the gov need? Nothing from a damn iPhone!

    • Tracy Sutton

      ‘Nother proud MORON. LOL.

  • pennant8

    The NSA [National Security Agency] are the ones who try to break into all the encryption devices out there. Early on they recognized that that we are into a whole new world with microchip encryption. Back in the day it was thought that the German Enigma code was unbreakable, but today’s encryption systems make Enigma look like a cryptogram puzzle in your daily newspaper. Then again, who knows, maybe the NSA has already broken into Apples encryption. If so, you will never hear about it.

    • WarEagle82

      Enigma would have been practically unbreakable if the Germans had used it properly. But the human element is always the weak point in any system and sloppy operators combined with hubris and an arrogant belief that Enigma could not be broken, allowed very smart people to break the code in a timely fashion.

  • WarEagle82

    The problem here is that by unlocking this one iPhone, Apple is giving the Feds a tool that can be used to unlock EVERY iPhone they can get their hands on.

    They can use this tool on every person going through customs at a border point on citizens and aliens alike.

    Who thinks for one second that we can trust Obama’s administration to use this tool once?

    Giving the government the ability to invade and compromise our privacy is not the answer to increased security for citizens.

    Is it really worth turning over the keys to the kingdom to the Feds?

    • Tracy Sutton

      WHERRRE HAVE YOU BEEN THE LAST THREE ADMINISTRATIONS?–PLEASE, STEP AWAY FROM THE GROWN UP TABLE.

      • WarEagle82

        There are other avenues to get this information without compromising my rights, your rights, and the rights of 300 million law-abiding US citizens. For example, the police can continue their investigations of the other family members and co-conspirators they already know. And they are doing so right now. It is not like this one phone is the only avenue officials have to pursue in uncovering this nest of vipers and rolling them up.

        If you give government power, it will abuse it.

      • WarEagle82

        And don’t get me wrong, I don’t particularly like or trust Apple or Tim Cook. But I like and trust an all-powerful central government even less. I don’t want the US government to have the ability to break into every private area of my life. They don’t have the need or right to do so.

    • Drew the Infidel

      This is the same point I have been trying to make. How can Apple devise an encryption bypass for one particular phone when it is part of a mass produced product line? Simple, they cannot.

  • mdy616

    Let’s show them Apple!! Here Apple, please, take my phone back as my gesture of support to your actions. I say if the FBI wants to find out what is on ONE phone, ALL apple phone users should send you ALL of our phones so you can take the religion of peace phone and “accidentally” drop it in the pile of phones so it can never be hoped to be found again!! You know why, all Apple phones look alike (uh-oh, is that racist of me to write?) so the FBI would never be able to identify that one phone again. The added benefit? The FBI will never ask you again to unlock a phone since you will have all of them!! Why should I risk the FBI wanting to hack into ONE Apple phone right? EVERYONE, SEND YOUR PHONE BACK TO APPLE TO MAKE SURE THE RELIGION OF PEACE PHONE CAN BE MIXED IN WITH ALL OF OURS!! THAT WILL SHOW THE FBI THEY CANNOT MESS WITH APPLE!!

    • Dr. Theophilus Algernon Tanner

      You know why, all Apple phones look alike (uh-oh, is that racist of me to write?) so the FBI would never be able to identify that one phone again

      The owner of the phone (the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health NOT Syed Farook) and the FBI know the phone number.

      You’ve never played “Would you call my phone? I forgot where I left it.” have you?

  • mdy616

    Apple was among the first companies accused of participating in the PRISM data mining project of the NSA, following the release by Snowden of the agency’s classified documents. The project reportedly involved extracting video, audio, pictures, documents, emails and connection logs from devices, allowing analysts to track the movement of the device’s user and the communications that they are receiving or sending out.

    • RetiredNavyphotog

      Anyone who thinks they have any sort of privacy with an iPhone is delirious.
      Just like people who are on Facebook and think they have privacy.

  • Drewtazy .

    It wouldn’t stop with their phone……The government has NO right to spy on its citizens. Wake up people and realize that our government is paralleling events that occurred in Nazi Germany.

  • brunokraiske

    There is a lesson to learn here for Tim Cook. He is a very intelligent man but he doesnt get this yet. Islam was created to conquer the world, and making kuffar’s life difficult is one of the ways that muslims use to achieve that. Im sure Tim Cook knows that x-ray machines at the airport, and having to take shoes off is not because of Buddhists. When visiting Stratosphere in Las Vegas now there is a metal detector, and airport like security, and that is not because of fear of Buddhist terrorists wanting to blow it up. Apple created this technological marvel, the I phone, and now Islam and Muslims managed to destroy it too.

  • K.

    Pamela, sorry but I’m with Apple on this one. Painful as it is, you have to look beyond the issue at hand as Tim Cook rightfully pointed out. This is like opening the box of Pandora, or letting the Jinn out of the bottle. He will not go back in voluntarily! Apple has not always been the white angel in the past, and it seems they’re aware of it. We should all better wish for them to prevail in this power struggle.

    • Tracy Sutton

      “Pamela, I’m sorry, but, in the end, I’m easily led by the nose, with no brain of my own.”

  • Cappy1437

    Nothing like empowering the radical Islamic jihadists. No doubt they are having a celebration beyond all imaginations. My feeling is that they should’ve invited Tim Cook to their party. They could’ve given him an honorary title and made his day.

  • IdiAlpine

    They are not against trying to open an iPhone. They are against making a permanent backdoor the feds can use when they feel like it.

    How happy would you bee if the regressive left could peep into your phone because they have a strong feeling you could be thinking different from them?

    Encryption is a double edged sword. It secure some freedom of thought, but not without a price. Smoking kills approx 300.000 each year in the US alone – and it’s still allowed by the government …

  • Drew the Infidel

    Pardon my contrarian view but after the plethora of security breaches of this administration, Apple has a definite point. Consider just the Snowden case and Hillary’s home brew server and you understand their misgivings. Remember when John Dean inadvertently spilled the beans about Nixon’s WH tape recordings?

    • Tracy Sutton

      This is a ruse. Get real, the fed no more cares about that phone than it’s upset it’s put the Constitution through the shredder in order to even prop up and bolster radical Islam to begin with and ISLAM IS RADICAL, ALL OF IT.

  • Marcus Tectus

    The magistrate asked for the wrong thing.
    The court order should have explicitly specified this as a one-off operation:
    ~ the iPhoney be handed over to Apple
    ~ Apple hack and decrypt the phone
    ~ Apple hand the phone to the FBI with everything as plain text
    That way there is no need for any dangerous generalized solution to be misused later.
    That said, Apple’s claim that they cannot hack the iPhone is absurd.
    There’ll be a technicians-only menu somewhere, accessable by a secret key combination, that enables infinite retries of the password.
    Apple just does not want to admit it…

  • Jack

    Obama would not need to practice hard to be a Dictator;he’s a natural!

  • RetiredNavyphotog

    Apple = the company that has slave labor and horrible conditions in China to make your precious iPhone.

  • Tracy Sutton

    Had this been another paid advertisement for Gun Control in a WHITE GUY having blown away several people, we wouldn’t be having this discussion, because it wouldn’t BE here.

  • Tracy Sutton

    The US government doesn’t ask you, kiddies, if it’s ok, may they pwease have your witto coopewation in the event of mass slaughter, do you people have a damn clue about your own nasty, NWO overlords, do you have any recall beyond last weeks’ news? –Seriously pathetic!

  • free speech for all

    I suggest the decision makers at Apple meet with the relatives of the deceased and those injured at the San Bernadino attack to discuss with them the correct path for justice to be done and seen to be done. It appears that they have more concern for something other than what is right for those murdered and injured

  • Rob Porter

    Apple is a shameful disgrace and I won’t forget this when eventually I need to replace my Apple. What a disgraceful lack of a sense of decency and patriotism in the fight against Islamic savagery that has killed fellow citizens. The left doesn’t just suffer from “a form of brain cancer — it eats the brain’s ability to reason”, it destroys or prevents a moral compass developing.

  • catinpvb

    How about we have a Government that is actually serious about our national security and the jihad threat. Then we can talk; but in truth; if we had that ‘Government’; and authentic patriotic leadership front and center. . .we would not need to compromise the rights of every citizen.

    (This hue and cry, from a Government. that invited journalists into ‘house and crime scene’ hours after San Bernnadino attack and from a Government that completely ignored the warning labels on these Islamists and allowed them into our Country; with bonus of an Obama blessing? This critical ‘need’. . .from a Government that still refuses to even utter the word ‘terrorists’ in connection with Islamic jihad. . .or simply ISIS for that matter? And lest we forget; we have a President, who has served our worst enemies; in all ways possible; at expense of our nation and our Military; including setting free, our worst Islamic enemy combatants; while cleansing records of known terrorists.

    So ‘why again’ is it. . .that Obama, Inc. desires the ‘Key’ to this Corporate Kingdom?. .Meantime; there is plenty of information per the killers trail, if FBI not, otherwise, too busy monitoring Republican Town Halls. . .or they are just ‘hog tied’ with PC restraints by this same Administration that shouts ‘foul’ per their distress at being locked out. . .

    This demand is begging for the Genie to be let out of the bottle; and we should know by now; just what that means. A Government bite, into this Apple will be ‘our’ collective fatal bite. . or by what follows; it may as well be.

  • I am not a leftist. I am a conservative, and I stand with Apple.

    That the government wants to do in this court order is to give the government the ability to hack into any iPhone or iPad. With this technology, and without court orders, our government can spy on you, peek into all of your personal data, utilize your gps to find you, take a picture of you etc. and do all of this without you knowing it.

    There is no need for this kind of control of these devices yet that’s exactly what the feds are asking for.

    Not even Apple has this technology. Apple has encrypted your data ad even they cannot break their encryption yet the feds want apple to develop the decryption application and give it to the feds.

    What the feds are asking for simply doesn’t exist. Its like asking you to give them the USS Enterprise! (The starship, not the carrier) It doesn’t exist so you can’t give it to them.

  • jon wright

    Why can the fbi give that phone to apple which they will decipher.They would then give the deciphered results to fbi keeping the technique to themselves (apple). I feel they have aDUTY to their country to help fbi know whats on phone. THEY MUST HELP!

  • bikerken

    If anyone believes that Apple couldn’t break into this phone in ten minutes, I have some high desert country in southern Florida to sell you. Company’s who build systems like this ALWAYS know how to get into them! A lot of their resistance to doing so is based on the reluctance to make it public that they can hack these phones at will. It’s also great advertising to convince people that these phones are really that secure, when they’re not.

  • billwhit

    Seems like Apple has refused a Federal Order to open the phone so those who refuse should be seeing the inside of a Prison! If Apple wants to help the Enemies of our Nation, then Kick Apple from our Nation, after making them pay with prison time and very high fines, then ban Apple from our Nation forever! They want to help the Jihadi Pigs, then piss on them!

  • aebe

    Instead of ordering Apple to copy all the files on the phone , the government is continuing its campaign to reduce the security measures on I phones and others . It has complained publicly about being unable to break into smartphones .

    Validate your 2nd Amendment Rights . Carry

  • SeRiOuSLy!!??

    if they were asking for apple to create back doors in order to hack ALL phones, than i’d understand. what i understand they are asking for apple to just hack this ONE phone.

  • Pathfinder0100

    I sinceraly hope that they can!!

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