Will Apple Unlock its Phones for Big Government?
I turn on the news, these days, and I am treated to endless one liners concerning the cell phone Apple refuses to unlock.
We are speaking of the cell phone used by terrorists in San Bernadino.
The government says Apple is too good, that they, the government, can’t unlock the cell phone in question.
Apple says, ‘Nope,’ that there are privacy concerns.
Actually, it almost sounds like a good ad for the company that Steve Jobs begat.
But here’s the problem: would you let the government walk into your house, rifle through your papers, examine your health records, peruse everybody you have called, or who has called you?
The answer is no. And you would scream Fourth Amendment, and you would threaten to sue, and how dare the government do such a thing!
So what is the difference between your house and your cell phone?
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
I know, there are well meaning fellows out there who say, ‘If you have nothing to hide then you don’t have to worry.’
I say well meaning, but I mean ignorant.
Do cops plant evidence? Do courts protect themselves over the rights of citizens? Or, how about: does the IRS use data to slant elections towards one political party over another?
Simply, the more information the government has about you, the more they can maneuver and manipulate you.
And, we come to the crux of the matter: are you willing to trade your fear of terrorists for your liberty?
This is a very real question. It was real when the founding fathers posed it, and it is especially real now, when there are no founding fathers willing to risk their lives to protect your liberty.
So here is the question: will you support Apple when they stand against the governments intrusions into our personal liberty, and into our personal property?Will you stand with Apple for the fourth amendment?
I recommend ‘The Bomber’s Story‘ for a tale of just how corrupted government’s can be.