Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Rival Silicon Valley congressional candidates support Apple in iPhone case

Ro Khanna and Rep. Mike Honda
CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | The top contenders hoping to represent Silicon Valley in Congress both say they support Apple's opposition to a court order directing them to help unlock the iPhones of the San Bernardino shooters.

Democratic Rep. Mike Honda and his challenger, fellow Democrat Ro Khanna, said the F.B.I. is wrong in forceing Apple to create a backdoor into its popular iPhone because doing so could put others privacy at risk. Apple is headquartered in Cupertino, which is represented in the 17th Congressional District.

Critics of Apple's opposition to complying with the federal order to unlock its smartphones say the company is impeding the investigation of the two San Bernardino shooters labeled as terrorists. In addition, some of the same voices say Apple is making the country less safe from another attack.

"It is disturbing that the United States government is demanding Apple take an unprecedented step to violate the privacy and security of its customers," said Honda. "Without any question, this violates the privacy of iPhone users, and exposes their personal information to dangerous hackers and criminals.

While opposing the federal court decision, Honda framed the matter in stark historical tones, including the blacklisting during the Red Scare of the 1950s and his own internment as a young child during World War II. "These are black marks in our history and we cannot let the voices of fear win again," said Honda. "No matter how afraid we may become of our enemy--and I have no sympathy for terrorists who wish to harm Americans--we must adhere to the principles this country was founded on."

Khanna, who has staked both of his candidacies for the congressional district on his strong ties to Silicon Valley's biggest and most influential tech companies, called the court's ruling "government overreach."

"If Apple is compelled to do this, then they may put all their customers at risk because any unlocking software could get hacked or fall into the wrong hands," said Khanna. "Apple's customers could be victims of cybercrime, identity theft, or stalking. The FBI should not be requiring tech companies to build back doors to encryption technology that compromises our privacy and puts users at risk."

1 comment:

  1. By MW:

    In regard to attempts to lessen incidents of mass murder, and related to the fact that the FBI wants to have a backdoor so that it can get into any present or future suspects' electronics devices, and brought on by the incident of a few months ago at the Inland Regional Center incident in San Bernardino in which fourteen people were killed:

    However approx. seven thousand people die every die every day in the US, and with many of them being premature deaths caused by sleazy lawyers and crooked law firms, and many of which pay under the table bribes to corrupt judges so that situations of pollution, and including asbestos exposures, will be sealed and covered up, and as a result there are hundreds of thousands of premature deaths every year, and including from cancer, strokes, and heart attacks.

    So therefore if Obama and the Justice Department were really seriously interested in doing something important to decrease the murder rate, they would demand a backdoor to access the information flows in organized crime and kidnapping rings that pretend to be law firms, and that would save hundreds of thousands of lives every single year.

    Also since so many the very sleaziest lawyers are drug addicts, the FBI and Obama should demand a backdoor into the totally corrupt California State Bar, since, and including through its secret system of two sets of books, since it sells pardons and coverups to a lot of crooked lawyers who should be disbarred, and in come cases also be sent to prison.

    Your car runs on gasoline. Your stove runs on natural gas. And your attic exhaust fan runs on electricity.

    However the legal profession, and especially in the Bay area, runs largely on under the table bribes.