Apple Defies Order To Assist In Terrorist Investigation

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Tuesday that the company would oppose a federal judge’s ruling ordering the company to help investigators break into an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook.

Cook, writing on the company’s website stated “We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them…….But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone,”

Cook and Apple are resisting an order to help the FBI gain access to the suspect’s iPhone by giving “reasonable technical assistance.”

Cook continued in his letter, “Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession,”

Cook affirmed that “Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.”

The decision by Apple will be seen as a bold move to fight government intrusion by some and treasonous by others.

What do you think?



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  1. Bill S

    If you look closely at what Apple is saying, what this would do is create a “skeleton key” that the government can then order to be used in other cases, assuming that the government prevails here. That means that the information encrypted on any Apple product, not just iPhone, would be able to be breached.

    And all you need is one more Snowden to totally destroy Apple as a company. The courts have never compelled a company to divulge trade secrets and create backdoors to their products, regardless of the good that it would do. This would definitely be revolutionary. Not to mention that the government is using very antiquated laws (the All Writs Act from the late 1700s) to do so. It seems all very Draconian to me.

    The correct path would be for Congress to write a law allowing law enforcement to compel manufacturers in this way, in the interest of national security. Perhaps an amendment to the USA PATRIOT Act is in order. Trying to force them through the courts is unheard of, and legally, sets a very dangerous precedent, IMHO.

  2. Ryan

    How is this treasonous?

    • Ray J

      Failure to comply with a court order. This is an order, not a request.
      Intentionally impeding a Federal Investigation:
      The information contained in this phone could lead to identifying other terrorist cells or terrorists and refusal to comply with the court order should result in the CEO locked up. In this age of terrorism if you’re not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. Ask the family members of those killed if they think Apple has the right to disobey a court order.

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