The president… made it clear he didn’t see why phones should be off limits. If, technologically, it is possible to make an impenetrable device where there is no key, no door at all, how do we apprehend the child pornographer, how do we disrupt a terrorist plot?
How do we identify pot dealers so we can SWAT their homes in the middle of the night? How do we identify the gun owners? How do we identify people who say unsupportive things about Mohammedans? Or, kulaks who selfishly withhold property that should be shared for the common good?
“It’s fetishizing our phones above every other value,” he said. “And that can’t be the right answer. If [the government] can’t get in, then everyone is walking around with a Swiss bank account in their pocket.”
By “Swiss Bank Accounts,” he meant, “A distressing amount of privacy and personal liberty.