Apple is a target plain and simple.
If the US Government succeeds in their ploy to force Apple to create custom code that decrypts the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone we all loose.
This is not about the rights of terrorists. Put a bullet in the brain of all terrorists and let God sort ‘em out. I truly don’t give a flying fuck about some Muslim asshole that should’ve been turned around at the border. I’m honestly surprised that they even can use a smart phone isn’t there some fatwa saying followers of Islam must remain in the 12th century?
This fight between Apple and the Government is about access and control. For over a year we’ve been hearing the FBI telling us they don’t like encryption. The NSA doesn’t like it either and with good reason. They can’t spy on average citizens and don’t even dare to think that’s not exactly what they want to do.
Last night on the news I heard average people being interviewed saying stuff like “Well if it’s to fight terrorists it’s worth giving up a little freedom and privacy.”
To those people I say this.
The same argument was made right after 9/11, and that gave us The Patriot Act which is by the way still in effect.
Some of the more sinister things about the Patriot act are the scope of Presidential power, the ability to indefinitely detain a citizen without due process, and the unprecedented scope of surveillance that is now permitted.
Remember how pissed off everyone was about the Edward Snowden revelations? How we found out that the NSA was recording all kinds of information from our phones? Yeah, that’s what comes from giving up just “a little freedom and privacy.”
Apple can’t fight this fight alone. Even Apple and Google together can’t fight this fight.
We’ve gotta help.
We do that by going dark.
You can buy encryption from a variety of vendors.
But you can find some excellent encryption for free if you go looking for it. Open source encryption is pretty robust.
Encrypt everything you own. All your drives, all your files stored in the cloud. Then find a VPN service that you like and think you can trust, if they’re European even better.
Make sure that their data is end to end encrypted and use the service all the time on every device you own.
It’s not just about taking a stand. If your information is encrypted, then it’s a lot harder for bad guys to get their hands on personal data that could be used to hurt you.
Make it a cause.
The only way we keep our rights and privacy to to defend those rights and privacy vigorously.
Thats my public service announcement for the day.