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Snowden Calls "Bullshit" on FBI's Claim It Needs Apple to Unlock iPhone


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Snowden Calls "Bullshit" on FBI's Claim It Needs Apple to Unlock iPhone

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The FBI's claim that it cannot break into the iPhone of one of the suspected San Bernardino shooters without Apple's help is "bullshit," according to National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Speaking during a democracy conference via a live video feed from Moscow on Tuesday, Snowden said, "The FBI says Apple has the 'exclusive technical means' to unlock the phone. Respectfully, that's bullshit."


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I'll trust Snowden, other global IT specialists and street people long before the FBI.


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The only thing the FBI can be trusted to do is to manufacture fake terrorist plots to entrap people trying to counter some ongoing social injustice. Some glitter fell off your protest banner? Felony terror hoax!

All would become clear if they were simply named "The Dissent Police".


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The fake terrorist plot industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.

While 300 million Murkins have been negatively impacted by too-big-to-fail banks during the past decade and fewer than 100 Murkins have been killed by terrorists since September 12, 2001, corporations and the gubmit pretend that the banks are under control (recall Obama's lies earlier this week) and we have nothing to worry about, while terrorism is pitched as a bigger than life threat lurking around every corner.


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Yet the 50% of US Citizens who are Murkins still BELIEVE

In truth, it is nice to have an ex-Pat who will level the bull from his island of ostracism

Once again, I would make it a constitutional amendment to require..

"A Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), a court-like restorative justice body assembled in South Africa after the abolition of apartheid in the 1990s."

In the present Security State we need all the security clearances in the US to tell the truth about the crimes committed under the guise of national security.

It should not be a crime to disclose government criminal activity.
Amnesty (and Protection) for the Truth.


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Actually, what Snowden says here is manifestly obvious, not something anyone with a near-professional expertise would have to take the time to finely calculate. It is not only a lie, but a hugely transparent lie.

What the FBI wants, as ever, is not to enter a phone, but to enter all phones easily, reliably, and with anticipation, so that they can continue to track everyone, parse the data, and find people whom they wish to kill, incarcerate, or intimidate, along the lines of the current drone program of fiat murders, but presumably with a broader dissemination of the decisions to make the hits.


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Making the bed the other day I accidentally kicked my local terrorist in the head. Felt bad for a while and then told him he had to get further under the bed to keep from getting a bloody nose. But it's the one in the closet that I worry about. He's not eating right, likes lots of junk food.


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When I was a kid my brother (with whom I shared a bedroom) had nightmares about the boogeyman under his bed and in his closet. It became clear to me during the 60s that politicians need a steady stream of boogeymen to keep voters paranoid. The Viet Nam occupation was blamed on the commie boogeyman. Ever since 2001 terrorism has provided a long running boogeyman that politicians get a lot of mileage from.


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Bringing the issue of tracking a bit closer to home:

To: webmaster@commondreams.org, editor@commondreams.org
Subject: Network spying as it impacts those of us at commondreams

I am happy that you have kept some focus on the issue of spying on our internet communications. Being thus aware of the issue, it perplexes me that you have not taken the step to use https for commondreams and the commons. Without it, every article we read and every post we make is visible on the network, tracked and connected both to our IP and to our login name. As a result of the revelations of Edward Snowden, Wikipedia has made the jump. Would you also consider correcting this problem?

Thank you,
...

(You can also phone commondreams at: 207.775.0488)


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John Judge used to remark, when someone would ask him wasn't he afraid he was being targeted or spied upon, that, well...maybe the 'listeners' would learn something.
I personally could care less if "they" know who I am, what I post or where. BUT, we ought to have the right, I believe, to have views and activities that are not under scrutiny by those whose interests in our behavior or opinions is unknown or unknowable to us, and/or whose motives are clearly antidemocratic and unconstitutional.


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Yes, and the point of crypto is to make this kind of spying hard.