President Obama Makes His Case for Access to iPhone Device data

Apple iPhone encryption now seems to have become the centerpiece of the FBI investigation into the San Bernardino terrorist attack. President Obama presents the case that to be on the safe side, personal privacy must be sacrificed for the greater good. This is true to form for a leader who assures us that the government always knows what is best for us. His is a magnanimous position, appealing to the desire of safety for all citizens. Surely we can give up just a little personal liberty in exchange for catching the bad guys? Unfortunately, big government, also viewed by many as Big Brother, has a lot of anecdotal evidence of violating that privacy. The FBI and the NSA have been found abusing their powers in the past, and can be expected to continue tat record in the future. It is also noteworthy that the BI has not asked the NSA for help in viewing the contents of this one phone. Not that there is a guarantee that the NSA would, in fact, reveal their ability to do or not break into the phone.

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan during the motorcade ride to Palm Beach International Airport in Palm Beach, Fla., July 20, 2012. The President called Mayor Hogan to offer his condolences and support to the Aurora community. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

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