Apple Is Right to Refuse to Help the FBI Hack into iPhones

A customer compares an iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max at the Apple Store in Singapore, September 21, 2018. (Edgar Su/Reuters)
The federal government can’t be trusted with additional surveillance powers.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE S ome political dilemmas come to down to: Whom should we trust more? In the case of Apple vs. the FBI, the question is: Whom should we distrust less?

Advantage: Cupertino.

As the proverb has it, Hard cases make bad law. But they sometimes make pretty good politics.

Notionally, the dispute here is about the case of Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani of the Royal Saudi Air Force, who shot eleven people, killing three, at Naval Air Station Pensacola, where he was undergoing training courtesy of the U.S. government, whose agents assure us that they are competent to vet would-be immigrants and visitors for


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