The Obama Government wants to force Apple to decrypt a dead terrorist’s iPhone so they can see who he was in contact with and what they were up to. Apple says no.
If people really trusted the Government that the information on the phone would only be used to protect them against terrorism, they’d be more willing to go along with it. But in recent years, we’ve seen this Government abuse access IRS records, abuse access to medical records, selectively prosecute people and companies who oppose Obama’s policies while letting friends of the Regime get off scot-free for far worse. We have seen them send armed SWAT Teams against ranchers who stand in the way of Federal Land Confiscation policies while giving sanctuary to non-citizen lawbreakers.
If people could trust the Government not to abuse or misuse information it found on the phone, or to not use the knowledge gained from breaking it to break into other phones, we might say, “Sure, go ahead.” But only a tiny minority of people still believe the Government can be trusted.
It is interesting that Apple’s move is being cheered by the very same people who want the Government entrusted completely to control their medical records, their access to health care, their educations, and indeed every part of their lives.