"The government's been in bed with the entire telecommunications industry since the forties. They've infected everything. They get into your bank statements, computer files, email, listen to your phone calls. Every wire, every airwave. The more technology used, the easier it is for them to keep tabs on you. It's a brave new world out there--at least it'd better be."
--Brill (Enemy of the State)
Ron Paul discusses the FBI's demand that Apple provide a back door passcode to allow the feds to access the iPhones of suspected terrorists. Any liberty lover recognizes this for what it is: an attack on property and privacy rights as elaborated by the Fourth Amendment.
Apple has built its business in part on the superior security features of its products. Government wants the company to compromise its competitive position by weakening its secure systems. The damage to both Apple and to individuals seeking to secure their person and possessions from unwarranted search and seizure should be obvious.
Safety is not a natural right; liberty is. Government's proper role is not to keep us safe from terrorists. It's proper role is to help us maintain our liberty.
The cancerous spread of government aggression against liberty in the name of national security must be stopped before the condition becomes terminal.