What’s really at stake here


There is a saying from Benjamin Franklin that tends to get quoted a lot by just about everyone. “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” While many people on the right relate this to gun rights, there is no other subject where Franklin’s saying is more true and that is cyber security. John Mcafee recently said that the biggest issue the United States faces is cyberterrorism and cyber crime. If you have ever seen The Net, a really good movie by the way, you could see the damage that could be done when someone has control of the internet and they did so because they had a monopoly on security software. This movie was shrugged off as preposterous and unrealistic yet reality is much more terrifying than the movie portrayed. In the case of Apple, the FBI wants a back door key to all encryption and I say that Apple should refuse to comply even if they are held in contempt of court. Nothing and I mean nothing is worth making a back door key because not only does this mean that that the government can spy on you, but it also means that this key can end up in the wrong hands, meaning that someone with that key has access to every Apple device and if they forced Linux to do that which the NSA tried to do, then that means anyone can have access to everything. We are talking traffic lights, nuclear plants, military installations, data collection centers, nuclear missile silos, you name it. This is terrifying and it shows that Mcafee was right. Even if you make the argument that the government can have an unbreakable encryption key that doesn’t have a back door, then that simply means that the populace is at risk. Banks, airlines, corporations, doctors offices, weapons contractors. All once secure are now vulnerable. Apple cannot allow this because we face unimaginable horrors if they cave in, especially in an age where everyone is connected all the time. Yeah this would make it easier to go after criminals, but it would make it easier for criminals to go after us.

  1. #1 by Nathan Erkkila on March 9, 2016 - 12:18 am

    Okay. For those who were unable to comment on my link, I believe I have fixed it.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on March 9, 2016 - 11:44 am

    Yeah, it works now. That was sort of freaky, what was wrong?

    • #3 by Nathan Erkkila on March 9, 2016 - 10:07 pm

      The post was encrypted

      • #4 by Larry Bergan on March 10, 2016 - 1:15 am

        By Apple?

        • #5 by Nathan Erkkila on March 10, 2016 - 2:00 am

          No. The “Enable SSL:” box was checked unbeknownst to me. SSL also known as Secure Socket Layer encrypts the post between the host and the web browser.

        • #6 by Larry Bergan on March 10, 2016 - 2:51 am

          I’ll be damned.

          You’re right Nathan. I tried it out on one of my posts.

          Why would WordPress put a button on their program that would do that?

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