Terrorists succeed because companies like Apple give them the cover they need to operate amongst us. The FBI wants access to one of the San Bernadino Islamist’s Apple cell. By denying them that access, Apple’s engineers and directors are obstructing the course of justice and denigrating the rights of victims. The FBI is not going after you or me; it is going after the ISIS network in the USA. Apple is protecting those people. Apple is in this way encouraging crime, and at least partially facilitating it.
You and I have nothing to fear from the investigation of the San Bernadino terror network; we have everything to fear from the Islamists themselves. The jihadists are out there now, plotting the murder of citizens, because of Apple’s protection. It’s already past the time that commercial interests encouraging global terrorism were brought to book and held accountable for the damage they do to society at large. If there’s an ugly side to capitalism, this is it – Apple blatantly protecting its profits by providing Islamist murderers with a shielded forum in which to propagate their crimes. There can be no question that Apples’s refusal to expose the worst type of criminal just because they used Apple products and are paying customers is morally indefensible. What can we do about it? We can exercise our ballot in the marketplace – I won’t be seen dead using an Apple product until they show they have the moral gumption to fight terrorism that thrives because of Apple’s protection. And I must add this – if the broad mass of Muslims is really against the jihadis of whatever group or affiliation then I expect them to show it publicly by leading the way in the Apple boycott. Here’s a chance to show your true colours! Criminals know that the latest Apple operating systems are impervious to search by the justice system, and therefore provide them with a powerful tool for committing crimes. Cyrus Vance, Manhatten District Attorney, spelt it out in an interview:
‘Let me quote from a report we compiled on an individual in Riker’s Island (State penitentiary) in a case we’re handling. The individual on the inside says to his cohort on the outside (these are recorded phone calls, the all are in prison), “I need you to go onto your iPhone and go onto your operating system. If it’s an IO 8, they can’t get into my phone.” Ar the end of the conversation, he says, “Go find out if our phones are running IOS 8, because that could be another gift from God.”’
We recall the famous case of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympian athlete who shot and killed his girlfriend through a closed toilet door. He had been using his iPhone5 up to the time of the killing, and it was found on the floor by the toilet door. Local police spokesman Vineshkumar Moonoo told the press: “Pistorius is saying he can’t remember the code and we have been unable to access messages sent or received that night. These could be crucial, and Apple executives in America have made their technicians available to help us. I cannot say Pistorius’s memory failure is suspicious but the mobile phones were clearly in use up to the time of the killing.” What is relevant now, is that when Apple changed to IOS 8 for the iPhone 6, they made it impossible for police to access this crucial evidence from a crime scene. They have made this impenetrable secrecy a selling point, one that is particularly attractive to jihadis. It cannot be denied that Apple has done very well out of fundamentalist terrorism and other deadly criminal groups, and it appears to be a market sector they jealously defend. Cyrus Vance put the matter into perspective on CNN:
“I don’t think Apple and Google, owning 96% of the smartphone market, get to decide where to draw the line between privacy and public safety. Now they’ve done it, and they’ve drawn that line way over here, which happens to coincide with their economic self-interest.
“I’m asking Americans to trust that judges, who don’t work for me, are going to be able to make the calls on whether or not, device by device, we have demonstrated enough evidence to get into the phone. We don’t have access to metadata. Every phone we get into has to be with a warrant, for a single phone, based on probable cause.
“Now I can tell you, in my office since October 1, when Apple moved from IOS 7 to IOS 8, we have 175 phones now that we cannot access, with cases ranging from murder to sex abuse. So you’re not solving my problems, and I need a way to move forward to achieve justice for victims.”
No amount of concern about personal privacy should ever render criminals immune from prosecution. There are psychopaths out there who are laughing all the way to the beheading party because they’ve got Apple on their side. Giving them secrecy means giving them a licence to operate covertly anywhere they like. Think about that when you’re fretting about personal