The NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden has asserted the FBI’S claims that only Apple can unlock the SB killers iPhone is “bullshit”; insinuating the FBI can do it itself.
The FBI says that only Apple can deactivate certain passcode protections on the iPhone, which will allow law enforcement to guess the passcode by using brute-force.
Talking via video link from Moscow to the Common Cause Blueprint for a Great Democracy conference, Snowden said: “The FBI says Apple has the ‘exclusive technical means’ to unlock the phone. Respectfully, that’s bullshit.” (the guardian)
Look folks, I’ve talked about what the real issue is over this iPhone fiasco in the prior posts “Apple, The FBI, and the Abuse of Power“, and “Digital Privacy in America Nearing an End“. If you haven’t got it by now, it’s all about governmental control over its citizens; period. Is it not fascist to force private companies to make softwares to governmental wants and needs? Does the government really need access to your every communication, or every move (via sattelite)?
If you think not, you’ll be happy to know:
The FBI has quietly revised its privacy rules for searching data involving Americans’ international communications that was collected by the National Security Agency, US officials have confirmed to the Guardian.
Remember the FBI only has domestic jurisdiction. So that not only means the NSA can spy on your every move, but the FBI has access to the spy data of every living soul in the USA? Why does the FBI need this data you might ask. Perhaps there’s a move to start taking normal, everyday Americans as ‘domestic terrorists’ (food for another post)?
Before I digress to excess, below is the entire video of the Common Cause Blueprint for a Great Democracy conference featuring the speakers Edward Snowden, Whistleblower & Former National Security Agency contractor; and Malkia Cyril, Executive Director, Center for Media Justice. You should watch it. Do I ever post a worthless video?!
This session is from Common Cause’s third annual Blueprint for a Great Democracy conference. Over the course of these two days, we examine the ways in which our democracy is failing people and communities. We focus on highlighting places and battles where people are standing up and winning, and policies that will make a difference. This is the third annual conference sponsored by Common Cause with a generous grant from the WhyNot Initiative.