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MarkGB 

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

FT backs the FBI against Apple

In response to an 'FT View' on 18th February 2016, entitled 'Apple’s misjudgment over San Bernardino'

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/58dd0688-d63c-11e5-829b-8564e7528e54.html#ixzz40YUBtrK

A US reader wrote:

"There is more to life than fear.  You folks (brits) don't HAVE a written constitution.  We do here in America.  It's  a serious document, and it restricts government intrusion.  In case you FT folks haven't noticed, American and UK spies haven't been all that good about keeping things secret, and this tech, once apple is forced to develop it, will get loose.  And before long, all hell will break loose because it's available, as opposed to some hell breaking loose because it isn't.

The one thing you can trust?   That you can't trust the police.  The history of the world is replete with millions of examples.  All they ever want in nearly any society is more control, not less.  More intrusion, not less.  More power, not less.

Cook is right, and for not the first time, FT is wrong"

My reply:

Agreed. I'm a Brit and I'm with you on this - written or unwritten constitution.

"If the FBI were seeking blanket access to private data on all iPhones that would be a legitimate concern. The FBI is doing no such thing. It wants to decrypt this particular handset. Any subsequent use of the software would require a separate court order, a vital safeguard"

Yes and of course, we've never known government agencies to cross the line, keep it going in secret for years, or go round the courts have we? This is the FT's position.

Give the fox a key to the hen house and tell him he can only use it once - to catch the rats. If he wants to go back in for a chicken later, he'll have to ask the farmer's permission.

Yeah right.

What's wrong with central banks...how long have you got?

Larry Summers - good at naming symptoms - rubbish at understanding causes