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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Of Course Bill Gates Backs the FBI. He'd Never Pass Up a Chance to Get in a Dig at Apple

Microsoft Corp. cofounder Bill Gates has jumped into the debate over Apple Inc.'s fight with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attack, saying "the government shouldn't have to be completely blind."

In an interview with the Financial Times published early Tuesday, Gates disagreed with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook's stance that creating the software requested by the federal government would build a back door that would make its products' security easier to breach.

“This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information,” he said. “They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case.”

The FBI is demanding that Apple create an iPhone master key. How would it be possible for anyone to ensure that the FBI just didn't then use it on any other damn phone? Not unless any such phone is delivered to Apple and they unlocked it in a room without any Feebies present?

Which I'll bet a box of crullers that the Federales would never agree to that.

Secont, Gates's statement that "the government shouldn't have to be completely blind" is garbage. I am completely confident that the FBI has served subpoenas on the ISP and the cell phone provider.They know what emails have come and gone. They have the contents of the text messages. They know who the terrorists called.

This case is all about and it is only about the FBI coming up with a way to defeat encryption. The FBI's doing its damnedest to distract everyone by that by waving a bloody shirt. Which signals to me, at least, that the FBI knows that they have been lying all along about their alleged need to unlock the terrorist's phone.

And as for the FBI's statements that they only want to unlock this one phone? That's also bullshit.


danny j said...

Right on, Comrade!

Los Federales have been trying to get the tech industry to install "back doors" and "keys" for years now. At best, this case is being used to get the techies to fall into line.

At worst, the techies already caved, as Ms. Clinton implied in a recent debate, and this case is providing cover for them and subterfuge for us to believe we still have a Fourth Amendment.

Nangleator said...

This tells me something I already know. All Microsoft devices are monitored by the feds already.

Lawrence said...

What do they think is on there? All the calls and texts went through a switch that the NSA can/has been sniffing all the while. Are the Death Star plans hidden on the SIM card?

Doug T. said...

Read Charlie Savage's Power Wars if you have any doubts that this is a bad idea.