I am glad that Apple has declined the FBI’s request to create a backdoor into their products. The government already has access to more information than they know how to handle, as the revelations of Edward Snowden have made clear. But they are insatiable. They will always want more.
Our phones have become the receptacle of everything in our lives, our financial data, our medical data, our most personal thoughts. And yes, even our cat pictures. The FBI would like absolute power in this instance. We already know about absolute power; it corrupts absolutely. Once cracked, the genie is out of the bottle. If you think the FBI could keep the cracking safe you probably don’t know much about the history of hacking.
This is a case where the FBI is asking us to give up our freedom to protect our freedom. It’s an absurdist argument. If they prevail, the terrorists win.
In the spirit of the cause, I’ve made free, for this week, one of my images at Stockafe. It is the image seen above, of an FBI agent shreiking as he sees the Constitution reflected in the lenses of his binoculars.
Help me keep my cat pictures out of the hands of those who would over-reach.