You’ve likely caught wind of the fact that the government and Apple are in the midst of an intense legal showdown in what Edward Snowden has called “the most important tech case in a decade.” The battle is over the legality of a court order compelling Apple to write new software — which the company cleverly referred to as
I think it’s important to explain what is meant by illegal.
If the government goes out on a witch-hunt, as Senator McCarthy did–then many communications, ideas, and sympathies can be construed as “illegal” merely because they violate what closet control freaks wish to see taking place.
For a time, it was illegal for a Black citizen to vote or be perceived as free.
For a time, it was illegal for a woman to vote or do a number of things without a father or husband’s consent, participation, and approval.
The whole concept of expanding Human Rights means chipping away at laws that deprive very real persons of justice, civil liberties, and other “pursuits of happiness.”
Some states still have sodomy on the books as a crime.
The story of the fighter, “The Great White Hope” involves “law” enforcement breaking down the door to catch him “in the act” with his Caucasian lover. The argument is made that he broke the law and must go to jail.
For many years, inter-racial marriage (and/or sex) was illegal.
So I think it’s vital that instead of just implying that the most brave and just amongst us were “up to illegal acts,” it’s important to explain how Law, itself, limited what was perceived of as legal, right, just, fair, viable, and allowed.
That battle remains ongoing.
These days, much of it is directed at what the public is allowed to know–whether it’s the poisons associated with fracking (even when that fracking poisons local water tables and citizens NEED to know what they’ve ingested) or with what Monsanto DECIDES to put into very popularly-consumed foods.
TIPP and TPP are attempts to enshrine into law the public’s right to NOT know.
Dangerous turf, indeed.
Essentially, following the logic of “who guards the guards…” who gets to define what is lawful or just or fair or humane? Obviously, not the types who have aggregated powers to themselves that no longer conform to Constitutional guarantees.
These Controllers MOCK the law. They LIKE torture. They think starting wars by planting evidence is great stuff. They don’t do body counts. They don’t answer to citizens.
With records like this, do they deserve the POWER to define Law?
THEY are the very definition of all that a sane, civilized, and law-based society would see as ILLEGAL.
There’s been a very dangerous inversion of not just power… but many of the premises that make a civilization civil, not to mention sustainable.
Over the last 40 years I have watched ceaseless series of offenses to
the very nature of human dignity of person and place and conduct thrown
into the face of Americans by pseudo-wars and an every changing Enemies
List and Bad Guy of the decade and threat from this and that – and it
seems to have led to an ebbing of caring or a numbing of our ability to
be roused to concern. We are like a young mother sinking onto the couch
into a depression as a gang of out of control children run screaming
riot around her. We buy toys and binge watch TV full of empty calories.
Why bother? Because it can get so much worse. And because every penny of
dignity lost in a moment takes decades to earn back and at a cost that
in incalculable to we who have been spoiled living in relative safety
and the dimming habit of Freedom. Leo of Cottage Grove
THE FBI ACTION, SHOULD BE 'TH CANARY IN THE COAL MINE FOR ALL 1/2 INTELLIGENT AMERICANS !
Even the 35% MORON GROUP in one poll, should see the FBI action could only EVEN OCCUR IN A PROTO-FASCIST STATE.
THE FBI REVEALED ITSELF AS AN ‘ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE’ & ‘APPLE’ AS THE PHONE i WANT FOREVER !
THE FBI SPONSORED THE ‘SAN BERNADINO FALSE FLAG’ & PLANTED THE PHONE. WHY YOU SAY?
AS AN EXCUSE TO CHALLENGE THE LEGALITY OF ENCRYPTION AS A BARRIER TO 'ILLEGAL SEARCH & SEIZURE & ‘STOP
& FRISK’ TYPE GOVT. – FBI INVASIONS, IF NOT, STRAIGHT VIOLATIONS, OF THE 1O BILL OF RIGHTS!
THE BATTLE IS NOT OVER THE LEGALITY OF A COURT ORDER OR APPLE’S SOFTWARE !
THE CASE IS ANOTHER ‘CANARY IN THE COAL MINE’ ALERTING AMERICANS THE WEALTHY .1%
ARE DESPERATE TO PREVENT THEIR OVERTHROW, MURDER & IMPRISONMENT.
The FBI-SPONSORED ‘SAN BERNADINO’ EVENT WAS ANOTHER 'GUN CONTROL 'FALSE FLAG .
To the SMART AMERICANS it was just another FORETASTE OF THE COMING VIOLENT STORM
OF FASCISM IN AMERICA along with FEMA CAMPS, VIOLENCE & CHAOS.
THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE TH REPUBLIC IS TO OVERTHROW THE CORRUPT LEADERSHIP IN DC AS IN
ANCIENT ROME. THE WHITE WEALTHY .1% ARE LEAVING TRUE AMERICANS NO CHOICE !