Who is going to win the Apple vs FBI Battle?

Who is going to win the Apple vs FBI Battle?


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At this rate who can really tell?


No matter which side you are on, you have an issue with the other side. Both issues are in fact valid, yet as I have publicly stated on several public forums in the past week, the argument between the two is childish.

I have stated over and over again that the FBI has no right to “demand” that Apple create any type of technology to help them with an Apple product. We are not communist in this country, so as long as Apple is not breaking any laws with the technology they have built it belongs to them and our Government does not have express authority to demand any organization, let alone Apple, come up with any type of technology that will assist them.

The argument when I look at it realistically without picking a side looks a lot to me like sibling rivalry.

Apple created technology our Government did not like in the first place, which our Government was clear about when Apple rolled it out, yet they failed to create any type of law that prevents Apple from creating like technology, let alone laws that state Apple would have to help them in the event of a terrorist act upon the US. Not Apple’s fault.

What happened was the FBI was told sorry, can’t help you because you guys did something to screw up the login to the iCloud so that’s that. James Comey and his agency stomped their little feet like two year olds and ran to mom and dad because they broke the new toy they had and the older sibling wouldn’t help fix it. So the older sibling was ordered by the DOJ to help fix it. Now, we have the aunts and uncles (all the major social media players), who have weighed in, all of the cousins, 1st, 2nd, 3rd (the media and Hollywood stars, authors, etc), and lastly the rest of us.

What I found most disheartening was that director Comey made a statement about why Apple needs to help here, with regards to owing it to the victims. I was sad and disgusted to know that our very own FBI director would not only stoop to that level but somehow try to use victims and their families as a reason anyone should be on the FBI’s side, let alone make Apple unlock this super secret technology. It was so unbecoming of James Comey to even venture to that subject and use it. He showed his desperation in doing that.

As for everyone else you are either on one side or the other. As for me, I am on both. At first I was more on the side of the FBI until James made the victim move and exploited them, now I am in the middle. Still does not change my opinion of the matter. I have an iPhone and I myself purchased it because it is more secure than any Android on the market. I love my iPhone. But if I were brutally murdered and the identity of the killer could be found in my phone, I’d prefer the FBI be able to access that and if the killer’s identity were not on the phone, at least the FBI could look my father and my kids in the eye and tell them that they were able to check my phone and found something or nothing. It’s not a right to demand though.

Here’s the deal, no one wins either way so why not just play a fair game without throwing fits like two year olds right? The FBI going to the DOJ and getting a court order is like watching a two year old throw a temper tantrum in Super Target and then given his way by one parent as the other looks on in horror.

Be a professional, just level the playing field. It’s what we do in the “business world” when someone doesn’t play nice with you.

You know the most popular FBI case by far, for sleuths, hackers and people who like solving puzzles is the and I have the case here on my site, “The Code of Ricky McCormick.” Everyone I have spoken to who has posted this case on his or her site says the same thing, the hits on that case in particular are thru the roof.250px-Ricky_McCormick_note_1

My site is no exception, everyone loves trying to solve this case. The only other case that gets an equal amount of hits is the Tara Calico case and that is only because of the Polaroid, pervs, child molesters and those that are in the sex trafficking trade love that pic.

I always make calculated moves and when I have something to say, it is also calculated, even when responding to a simple hello. I can size you up in less than two seconds and adjust my tone, cheerful, not overly, grumpy, standoffish, you get the idea right? So the FBI should size up the hello they received in response the request for help from Apple. Level the playing field.

The reason everyone loves the Ricky McCormick case is because, the FBI can’t figure out his two page note and it really is something someone will be able to figure out someday. In marketing terms, it’s called engaging your audience. The FBI does really good at this when it wants to.

The Apple case here should be treated the same. Before you jump all over my ass over this, read on. First the FBI’s job is not, to worry about the technology Apple creates and protect it so long as it’s not breaking any major laws.

It is also not the FBI’s job to worry about whether or not someone has come up with any type of technology that can break through Apple’s security unless a crime has been committed that would put this country or it’s individuals at great risk or exploit them, take money from them etc.  

To any layman that means the FBI looks at Apple, takes the court order off of the table (means James has to eat a little crow here) and says FU to Apple, we’ll ask the world for someone to get us this. That in and of itself should worry Apple, because at the end of the day, you can always find someone better than you or the team that created that security protocol.

One of two things is going to happen, Someone is going to knock on the FBI’s door with a solution or Apple is going to suck it up and help out here. Consider this, how scary would it be for Apple if the FBI tossed this out to anyone in the world with rules of course like you can’t use this in any way shape or form outside of this.

To take it step further let’s just say the FBI found someone to handle this for them, this whole time this person was able to do that on his or her own without Apple’s knowledge and they gave that to the FBI? What else is that individual capable of? Is the FBI hiring them?

The reality is simple, if the FBI did this, Apple put them in a corner, come on big brother is always going to find a way out of that corner. Ahhh but that would mean the FBI would have to grow a pair bigger than my imaginary one’s to pull this off right?

Always remember, we are the one’s who do not want big brother watching over us and telling us what to do, especially as a business owner. What if the FBI says ok, have it your way, we’ll find a legal way around you. Let that sink in, if you don’t get it, let me remind you. The FBI is in no way obligated to protect Apple’s security unless it’s being used to break laws, such as expose users of Apple products and devices in some way so as to earn funds, release photos, docs,  etc.  If the FBI needs Apple’s security broken in an attempt to help with a crime that has occurred and Apple refuses to help, the FBI can and should do what it must in order to try to obtain intel. No laws prevent the FBI from obtaining that help outside of Apple, just red tape which at this point since our DOJ is so upset, can most assuredly be cut.

I do not believe they will find much for this case but they still have to try and to that note, I vote put it out to the market to help solve. Nothing says you have to use Apple unless of course you are after more than just this one time gig. 

We live in a technological era, NOTHING IS SECURE, if you don’t already know that, you might want to get out from under the rock in which you live. IF our own government can’t get into it, we really need to reconsider our priorities.


Cristal M Clark


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