There aren’t many things that I disagree with Trump on but there are a few. In comparison to every other candidate running for President today, it isn’t even close. As far as the rest of them are concerned not only do I disagree with almost every stand they take, on the ones I do agree with I do not believe they are either sincere or have any intention of actually acting on those commonalities. When it comes to the F.B.I. vs. Apple iphone case I vehemently disagree with Trump.
How secure do you think your computer, tablet, or laptop is? Not very. Anyone with even a basic knowledge of hacking can access everything on your electronic devices and everything that you have ever downloaded and/or viewed online. That’s the fact jack. All it really takes is a little bit of time and patience and a basic understanding of how computers work. Look at Anonymous for example. Most of their hackers are ….. computer hacks. Today’s cell phones are much more than simple audio communication devices they are mini computers and they are generally even easier to hack into than you desktop computer. These are not private communication devices, in fact there is even a chip installed on each one that allows the government and other interested parties to know where exactly you are in the world at all times. Talk about Orwellian fantasy’s becoming real!
You might not think this is a big deal but I remember a case several years ago involving an overzealous F.B.I. case involving child pornography. There was a time not too long ago when you might visit a site and suddenly 50 or more pop up windows would appear and sometimes they appeared so fast and so many that the only way to resolve the issue was to pull the plug. This happened to a man who was arrested and facing a conviction of child pornography several years ago. Some of these pop up windows were child pornography sites and even though the F.B.I. knew that he hadn’t frequented such sites the mere fact that these things had appeared on his computer at all gave them the green light to seek a conviction and very long prison sentence for someone who wasn’t guilty of any real crime. Government law enforcement seeks conviction rates and it is a rare bird indeed when they stop to consider the actual guilt or innocence of the accused. Eventually a judge dismissed the case but not before this man lost an incredible amount of his assets defending himself which of course were nonrefundable. Who knows what other damage was done to this man especially considering that arrest records stick with you your entire life even if you are acquitted.
In 1765 Sir William Blackstone stated “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer“. Another example of this ideal can be found in the Holy Bible in Genesis 18:23-32: “Abraham drew near, and said, “Will you consume the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are in it? … What if ten are found there?” He [The Lord] said, “I will not destroy it for the ten’s sake.”
When it comes to the F.B.I. vs Apple Inc. case the F.B.I. is in possession of an iphone taken from one of the Muslim terrorists who killed all those innocent people in California recently for the glory of their false prophet and their false god. The F.B.I. initially had access to the phone but changed the password and then forget what the new password was. Duh. The iphone is set up so that if you try to access it with the wrong password 10 times it wipes the memory clean. A Federal Judge ordered Apple to build a backdoor to their iphone so that the government can access it. and Apple is appealing the case which in all likelihood will eventually find its way to the Supreme Court once it makes its way through the lower courts.
For those of you who do not understand what a backdoor is, a backdoor is a permanent passcode that allows access by third parties to your electronic devices. It is this backdoor that is used by the government and hackers to steal and spy on you. Not having a backdoor makes an electronic device extremely secure and no electronic device is as secure as the Apple iphone. You business should be yours and yours alone not every idiot who has some very basic computer skills.
What the F.B.I. is attempting is basically a fishing expedition. By now anyone associated with this couple who is a genuine terrorist has made tracks. They are long gone hidden away in some cave in Afghanistan and whatever connection they may have had with this phone has long been broken. As the government completely dropped the ball on these two deceased terrorists they want some example of how effective they really want you to believe they are so they are looking for anyone they can persecute. Which once again reminds me of another story you might recall that involved the F.B.I. during the Bush administration.
As some of you might recall post 9/11 during George W. Bush’s Presidency the F.B.I. busted a few guys who had been living in a warehouse in Miami who the F.B.I. had accused of threatening to blow up the Chrysler Tower in Chicago. During their bust and resulting arrests, no guns or bombs were found yet the President congratulated the F.B.I. on national T.V. for their fine work in discovering this nest of terrorists.
I live in South Florida and have since 1976 and during my youth I drove large lumber trucks often down to Miami to pick up and drop off loads so I was very familiar with the warehouse district that these guys (mostly young Black men) were living in. I’ve also run into a few people who have lived in warehouses in my state. Living in a warehouse is what you do when you are one step away from living in the streets and when several young people are living in the same warehouse what you can be sure of is that they are very very poor. Much too poor to be coming up with anything that would bring down a skyscraper. In fact it is reasonable to say that people who live in warehouses are generally a bit on the barely functioning crazy side. At least that has been my experience and in the warehouse district that these guys had been arrested in it was pretty commonplace to see less than sentient people living in warehouses.
These were not people remotely capable of any act of terrorism and at the time of their arrest that was the first thing I said and any idiot in the area would also know that, yet the F.B.I. did everything they could to entrap them and make a spectacle out of them to make themselves look good and you feel more comfortable. This was an injustice and after several years these loons were finally and quietly released. Doesn’t matter the F.B.I. got what they wanted, a moment of praise from a country who soon forgot about the warehouse dwellers.
Apple is correct to fight the order to create a backdoor to their iphone for several reasons. First of course is their right to create a product without the government to dictate to them how that product will work. Second to protect all of you who own iphones from the government spies like the NSA and of course criminals. Then of course there are the people the F.B.I. are hoping to find during their fishing expedition that they can persecute and display in front of the American people as they continue to pretend to be protecting your freedoms and liberties while they are in fact working to destroy them in the name of protecting you. What the government is attempting is totalitarianism at its best and the more we allow them to discard our rights the less rights we will ultimately be able to hold onto.
So Mr. Trump although I do hope and pray that you become our next president I don’t really think you have thought this issue out completely and you should probably stop watching FOX News. If anything in the country should be boycotted it should be FOX News not the iphone the one electronic device that actually protects your right to privacy.