I have been a fan of Apple products, but I am put off by Apple’s decision to side with the terrorists in San Bernardino. I don’t believe that American citizens have an absolute right to privacy. If this were the case, the Fourth Amendment would not allow any searches and seizures; instead it allows them upon proof of probable cause. It is odd that people who claim an absolute right to privacy in their smart phones post all kinds of personal information publicly on the internet. Facebook is a screaming argument that Apple’s arguments against breaking encryption are baseless. Apple’s performance in the San Bernardino case make it complicit in murder, an accessory after the fact, or some such bit player, but nevertheless an evil participant.
Apple has lost its moral compass. It has been questionable whether Apple can survive without Steve Jobs. It will probably survive for a number of years as a cellphone and PC maker, but it has lost its inspiration, its leadership, its guiding light, its genius, its soul.
We find Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin on the side of terrorism and death. They have no love for America, which provided them the possibility to create the corporations that they run. They got what they wanted, and the rest of America can die screaming in agony for all they care. Silicon Valley has no heart; it’s all about the money, power, and privilege. Google has learned to be evil. Surprisingly, Microsoft’s Bill Gates has been relatively circumspect on the issue. I don’t know about the faceless drones who have replaced him.