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“I am awesome!” – Donald Trump

“I am exceptionally smart” he said.” “I’m, like, a very smart person,” he assured voters in 2016, “A very stable genius,” he ruled two years later.

And then, on last April 24, this exceptionally smart, very stable genius comes out with this unbelievable statement suggesting “injection” of disinfectant to beat coronavirus and “clean” the lungs. No modern politician anywhere in the world can match and surpass Trump’s record of irrational or illogical statements.

Trump is in a class of its own

His constant careless and too often delusional statements definitely invited questions about his intelligence and actual state of mind.

When Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron” in private, he was absolutely right. So where all other former senior administration officials that did the same or rendered equivalent verdicts.

Trump is a megalomaniac

Since long before his 2016 campaign, few subjects have been as meaningful to him as appraisals of his intellect. For Trump, it always has been a source of perpetual obsession and manifest insecurity, so much, that he always felt and still do feel the need to allude to his brainpower regularly.

Trump does not want to feel like anybody is better than he is. He cannot deal with that and this is the reason why he his so often dismissing them and their opinions. He used to be intimidated by lawyers. Anyone who knows more than he does makes him feel less than he is.

Don’t get me wrong, I always cheer the underdog and applaud when they win. But if I was still be praising Trump, I would have to question my own sanity!

I now believe that it is time to go nuclear on Trump.

The only remedy is the 25th Amendment.

JMD

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“What do you mean I’m privileged? I know a lot of minorities who have a lot more than I do.”

Do we give too much “space” and importance to minorities?

Today, the only things we read and hear about every day is this outcry about women rights, native Canadian and Americans rights, LGBT rights, Muslims rights and so on and so on, all these people blaming the White Straight Man for their misery.

First, let me set the record straight:

GENESIS 1:

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

My position is quite simple: All men, male and female, whatever their race or color are born equals.

This being said, my question is:

What’s wrong with the Straight White Man, male and female?

The past five decades have not been very kind to the white straight man, male and female. Until the 1960s, the white straight man comfortably sat unchallenged atop the cultural and economic pyramid. He did not have to deal with all these disgruntled people and minorities that we read about and hear complaining every day about their despair and misery.

And then the Straight White Man world exploded.

Today, like it or not, disgruntled people and minorities are everywhere, complaining, blaming and accusing the White Straight Man, male and female about anything and everything.

If the White Straight Man does not agree with their condition, their way of life, their vision of the future, he is conveniently labeled as a racist, homophobic, misogynist individual and personality.

Today, the White Straight Man, male and female, being guilty as charged and condemned without a fair trial, lynched on the public place, is no longer included in anything and no longer part of the conversation. His right to speak does no longer exist.

Freedom of speech for the White Straight Man no longer exist

Unsuccessful, disgruntled, frustrated, depraved people of every minorities confronted with the power structure are now challenging every laws and institutions that they wrongly believe that are confining them to traditional roles in the private sphere.

Instead of empowering themselves by doing what would right to do, sticking to their guns, unsuccessful, disgruntled, frustrated, depraved people of every minorities are now questioning traditional conceptions of gender and sexuality.

Don’t talk to me about privilege.

All these so-called “rights movements” that we see today, instead of promoting and building a fairer, more diverse society and rectifying all possible wrongs that may have happened in the past are only successful in creating more opposition, more animosity and more violence as a direct assault on the well-established moral values of a world global silent community that believe in a better world and rightfully condemned all immoral values.

Today grievance defined the targets of the frustrated minorities. They battle against liberal academics and politicians by stressing multiculturalism and celebrating the contribution of minorities while distorting and minimizing the achievements of white men.

As for the White Straight Man, man and female, they silently fume about companies and schools giving preference to less-qualified people and minorities in an effort to achieve greater diversity.

It is now time to fight back

For the White Straight Man, male and female, it is time to react, it is time to fight back. We are told that we live in a democracy, where everyone has the same rights, the same opportunities. Hello!

Reality Check:

We now live in a democracy where the White Straight Man no longer benefit of the Freedom of Speech right. We now live in a democracy where the White Straight Man, to get a job, shall indicate on his or her résumé that he or she is part of a minority group or a member of the LGBT community.

Here is my take on this:

We do live in a democracy, where everyone has the same opportunities I do and we need to move on. If the fact that you are a woman, black or gay is what defines you, you definitely have a problem, not me.

Talking about privilege only further divides people.

JMD
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Our society has become an overprotective mother.

Overprotecting people reduce their competence and this, associated with a kind of social immaturity is one of the major pathologies of our present days culture.

More and more people are now relying solely on the News Media and the Web, without questioning the facts, to validate their action and pathological societal disorders.

We are living a psychological epidemic

Today, thanks to the web and the news media allowing all the “sick” people and marginal groups of this world to validate their being and way of life, we are now living in a society of self-diagnosed individuals and collectives multiplying and glorifying their immoral and asocial pathologies.

Being a straight, moral and intelligent person is no longer the norm. By simply finding all sorts of people who act and think like them, people suffering from borderline personality disorders or merely acting like total assholes are now justifying their own existence and behavior.

More and more people and minority groups, are now justifying their immoral, amoral and depraved conduct and way of life only and simply because they now feel that they are not alone. We now live in a society of self-diagnosed people multiplying and glorifying immoral pathologies.

Being a victim, a member of whatever minority, feeling like being harassed, oppressed and persecuted, blaming everyone else other than ourselves for our condition, throwing rocks at everyone instead of empowering ourselves is the new norm.

It is time to fight back

When being the most oppressed victim gives you the highest status, then it’s a race to the bottom.

When the regular straight and moral and more than often white guy becomes the new minority, we definitely have a serious societal problem.

Throwing rocks at everyone, every institution and in every window that you come across will never solve any problem. On the contrary! Such an attitude is only creating more problems, exacerbating people and public opinion.

Our society has become this overprotective mother and playing the victim card with the highest degree of status is really bad omen.

For everyone that is now wrongly and unjustly lapidated on the public place, it is now time to stand up and fight back.

JMD

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Fake news

“Fake News” is merely a symptom of greater social ills. Our real problems are trust and manipulation.

Trust is the longer-term problem but, if we don’t grapple with the immediate and urgent problem of manipulation, our public and economical institutions may not live to reinvent themselves to earn the public’s trust back.

Today, our media, our tools, and our politics are being leveraged to help breed polarization by countless actors who can leverage these systems for personal, economic, and ideological gain.

In short: The public is being used.

The primary methods of manipulating information used by the mass media in the interests of information-psychological confrontation objectives are:

  • Direct lies for the purpose of disinformation;
  • Concealing critically important information;
  • Burying valuable information in a mass of information dross;
  • Terminological substitution: use of concepts and terms whose meaning is unclear or has undergone qualitative change, which makes it harder to form a true picture of events;
  • Introducing taboos on specific forms of information or categories of new;
  • Providing negative information, which is more readily accepted by the audience than positive.

More tactics:

Trolls and bots: are used to create a sense of public opinion so it is picked up by media. Journalists are harassed and intimidated, also by trolls and bots.

They exploit volume: When information volume is low, recipients tend to favor experts, but when information volume is high, recipients tend to favor information from other users.

And they exploit speed: It takes less time to make up facts than it does to verify them. And the first impression sets the agenda.

At the highest level, they attack truth: Whether from media or from official sources, multiple untruths are designed to undermine trust in the existence of objective truth.

Trolls and manipulators learn from each other.

Conspiracy theorists, techno-libertarians, white nationalists, Men’s Rights advocates, trolls, anti-feminists, anti-immigration activists, and bored young people, they all leverage both the techniques of participatory culture and the affordances of social media to spread their various beliefs and target vulnerabilities in the news media ecosystem to increase the visibility of and audience for their messages.

What ties them together is some measure of believes in some anarchistic philosophies such as anti-establishment, anti-multiculturalism, anti-globalism, anti-feminism, anti-Semitic, anti-political correctness, and nationalist and racist ideologies. But what mostly links them is their techniques. As trolls, they aim for reaction for reaction’s sake. They hack social media, media, and ultimately attention and democracy.

By getting the media to cover certain stories media manipulators are able to influence the public agenda. By reporting the messages of all the media manipulators, media become manipulators themselves.

So, WTF do we do?

Some will tackle falsehoods by fact-checking. Some will want to enhance the public’s critical thinking through so-called news literacy. Some will compile lists and signals of vice and virtues in sources.

Google, in its ranking, is now seeking and looking for the reliability, authority, and quality of sources while Facebook is killing the fake accounts used to mimic public conversation. This is fine, but rather than attacking the facts, sources, and accounts, we need to go after the real ill and evil: “Manipulation”.

We need to build public awareness. Instead of exploiting the fake news to promote their own financial interests, News media must recognize how and when they are the objects of manipulation. Not doing this, exploiting the fake news only to increase their sales and audience, they become accomplices of all these malevolent fake news propagandists. They become the trolls’ toys.

Instead of capitalizing on fake news, media should share intelligence. Major newsrooms should make sure to recognize manipulation before it affects news coverage and, regardless of profitability, communicate their findings with their counterparts wherever and whoever they are. Today, it is pitiful to see how some major brands staff war rooms are able to deal efficiently with fake news and disinformation attacks and not sharing the information with everybody else.

Instead of capitalizing on fake news, media should starve manipulators of their economic support by avoiding putting their money behind the bad guys through advertising, helping ad networks, agencies, and brands. Media, corporations and brands supporting and profiting fake news should be put in the spot, likewise for the publishers that distribute their bunkum and dross.

Manipulators should be starved of what they crave and feed upon: Attention.

I can hear journalists object that they have to cover what people are talking about. Bunkum! I say. Go FY! I say. The only reason why people are ending up talking about something is because a polluted wellspring of manipulation rose from a few ambitious bias, obsessive reporters and anchormen polluting the airwaves and pages of the newspapers. Isn’t it anything else to talk about other than biased, distorted news about Trump and fake news from wherever and whoever they originate from?

“Media, reporters and anchormen should cover the manipulators’ methods but never their messages!” This is what I say.

JMD

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Isaac Newton

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

There is something called “Collective Intelligence”

Humans have been around for approximately 200,000 years, but up until about 70,000 years ago, we weren’t too different from any of the other animals in our impact on the environment.

Then, in a relatively short period, we became the dominant predator on Earth. A few 10,000 years later, we began settling into agricultural communities, and less than 9,000 years after that, we learned to write. Since then, our rate of progress has only gotten faster.

The modern world we enjoy today is inconceivably different from the world we’ve lived in for the majority of our existence.

What changed?

The answer lies in our ability to pass down knowledge.

Nothing Is Entirely Original

When most of us think about a discovery or an invention, we think of something new; something that did not exist before; something that seemingly came up to us out of thin air.

That is not an entirely accurate way of looking at it.

No discovery or invention is completely original: Any new idea, process, or method is in some way a combination of old concepts and information. Discoveries are never a product of pure single-handed originality.

There is no copyright on intelligence

Our humanoid prosperity as a species rests on our collective intelligence. Alone, and without the power of past knowledge, we would not be where we are today. Individually, we have to rely on others more than to depend on ourselves.

None of us can do it alone, and we do not have to. The intelligent creative process is nothing else than a way of finding relationships between people, between intelligentsia and what is already known.

Yes indeed, there is something called “Collective Intelligence” and by definition, everything that is “collective” does not carry individual ownership.

There is inspiration to be found everywhere.

JMD

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Blend in and nurture the common touch

If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.

It is easy to run into danger by trying to swim against the stream. Disagreement is regarded as offensive because it is a condemnation of the views of others. Truth is for the few, error is as casual as it is vulgar. The wise man avoids being contradicted as sedulously as he avoids contradicting. Thought is free; it cannot and should not be coerced. Retire in the sanctuary of your silence and if you sometimes allow yourself to break it, do so under the aegis of a discreet few. He lives well who conceals himself well.

Wise men are like coffers with double bottoms: Which when others look into being opened, they see not all that they hold. Never combat any man’s opinion; for you would never have done setting him right upon all the absurd things that he believes. Avoid correcting people’s mistakes in conversation, however good your intentions may be; for it is easy to offend people, and difficult, if not impossible to mend them. If you feel irritated by the absurd remarks of whoever you are talking with, just walk away.

Never discuss with the fool

Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you. The herd shuns the black sheep, uncertain whether or not it belongs with them. So it straggles behind, or wanders away from the herd, where it is cornered by wolves and promptly devoured. Stay with the herd, there is safety in numbers. Keep your differences in your thoughts and not in your fleece.

It is inevitable in society that certain values and customs lose contact with their original motives and become oppressive. And there will always be those who rebel against such oppression, harboring ideas far ahead of their time. However, there is no point in making a display of your dangerous ideas if they only bring you suffering and persecution. Martyrdom serves no purpose, better to live onion an oppressive world, even to thrive in it. Meanwhile, find a way to express your ideas subtly for those who understand you. Laying your pearls before swine only bring you trouble.

People who flaunt their infatuation with different values and cultures are expressing a disdain and contempt for their own. They are using the outward appearance of the unknown and the exotic to separate themselves from the common folk who unquestioningly follow the local customs and laws. Their need to show their difference often makes them disliked by the people whose beliefs they challenge. Measure and moderate your desire to show your difference.

Do not renounce your beliefs, disguise their outward appearance

In the face of oppression and persecution, it is foolish to openly and directly express your ideas. In the face of awesome persecution, it is always better to disguise your beliefs and ideas while insinuating them at the same time: You pretend to disagree with dangerous beliefs and ideas, but in the course of your disagreement, you give those beliefs and ideas expression and exposure. You seem to conform to the prevailing orthodoxy, but those who know you will understand the irony involved.

We all tell lies and hide our true feelings, for complete free expression is a social impossibility. From an early age we learn to conceal our thoughts, telling the prickly and insecure what we know they want to hear, watching carefully lest we offend them. For most of us this is natural; there are ideas and values that most people accept, and it is pointless to argue. There are people, however, like me, who see such restraints as an intolerable infringement on their freedom, and who often have the temptation to prove the superiority of their values, ideas and beliefs. In the end, though, their arguments convince only a few and offend a great deal more.

Wise and clever people learn early on that they can display conventional behavior and mouth conventional ideas without having to believe in them. The power you gain from blending in is that of being left alone to have the thoughts you want to have, and to express them to the people you want to express them to, without suffering isolation or ostracism. Once you have established yourself in a position of power, you can, then, try to convince a wider circle of the correctness of your ideas.

Play the clever fox, be all things to all people

In society, outward appearances are what matter. Make a show of blending in, even going so far as to be the most zealous advocate of the prevailing orthodoxy. If you stick to conventional appearances in public, few will believe you think differently in private. Your outward conformity will give you the freedom to work unhindered, without having to change your thinking. Not only do people of power avoid the offences, they also learn to play the clever fox and feign the common touch.

You want to achieve success and power! Re-invent yourself, re-create yourself: Overcome your natural aristocratic stance to cultivate a familiarity with the common man; express your familiarity in little gestures, often symbolic, to show the people that you share popular values, despite your different status, values and ideas. When you go in society, leave behind your own ideas and values, and put on the mask that is most appropriate for the group in which you find yourself. People will swallow the bait because it flatters them to believe that you share their ideas.

Understand this: The only time it is worth standing out is when you already stand out, when you have achieved an unshakable position of power and you no longer have to observe the protocols and niceties of others. Whatever you do, remember: The truth is that, even when you attain the heights of success and power, you would, often, be better off at least affecting the common touch, for at some point you may need popular support.

Finally, there is always a place in this world for the gadfly, the person who successfully defies custom and mocks what has grown lifeless in culture. One may achieve considerable social power in making it clear that he disdains the usual ways of doing things. Just be careful: Even if your audience, people are expecting you to insult them and welcome it, this is still a dangerous game; without the ability to amuse and delight, your barbs will simply offend people and possibly destroy you.

JMD

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Political Correctness

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“Make America Great Again” Because no matter what is in your pants, you can still be a big prick. – Illma Gore

“Political correctness” is a term describing language, policies and measures intended not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in a community or society. As Clint Eastwood would say, “We now live in a pussy generation” where if you say the wrong thing, you may be penalized, lose your job or even taken to court.

Every single day, media bombards us with subtle messages about what we should believe and what appropriate speech consists of. Most of the time, most of us quietly fall in line with this unwritten speech code. Those that would dare to buck the system are finding out that the consequences can be rather severe and the younger generation is particularly susceptible to this media’s power of suggestion and when we, the people go to work or go to school, the conversations that we have with others are mostly based on content that the media feeds us.

The media is not the only source that is telling us what to think. The messaging that comes from all of our major institutions either governmental, social or educational is remarkably consistent. The establishment have a relentless propaganda machine that never stops working, trying to control what we say and how we think or how we should think. Freethinkers are now a rare breed and understanding what is being done to us is the first step toward breaking free. The way that we all see the world today has been greatly shaped by the thousands of hours of thought training and indoctrination that we have all received over the years.

The Trump Factor

Again, as Clint Eastwood would say, “Anyone offended by Donald Trump’s so-called racist remarks attitude and language should just fucking get over it.”

Trump is onto something because he is only plainly and simply saying what is on his mind. Sometimes it is not so good and sometimes it is exactly what most people mean and, personally, I can definitely understand where he is coming from. You may not always agree with Trump but you will have to agree with me that he does not have to agree with you or anybody else.

Saying that a judge is prejudicial or bias because of his descent is definitely a dumb thing to say but that does not mean that you are racist. Saying that a specific individual of a specific descent may be prejudicial or detrimental to you because of your previously expressed opinions is a totally different story and has nothing to do with racism. Saying that one is a racist or a bigot because he is saying that we shall limit all Muslim entries in a country, saying that all illegal immigrants shall be deported out of a country if they do not comply with the immigration laws… Come on! This is only common sense; this is in no way racism or bigotry.

In the sixties my mother, like many thousand others, had to sign for and endorse my father, an illegal American immigrant to Canada were he has been working and paying taxes for more than 10 years. My father had to reluctantly kneel in front of the queen and kiss her ass in order to stay in Canada and provide for his family. Does that mean that the Canadian are racists? Come on, like my father, just get the fuck over it! Immigration laws are for everyone including those, like my father, that originally did not comply and started a family in a foreign land.

Saying that there should be a stringent vetting system for all immigrants and refugees, especially for those coming from proselytized countries in any way of form… Come on! This is only common sense; you want to come and live in my house, you have to live according to the rules of my house. When I go to Rome, I dress and eat like the Romans. I know how to show respect! Do you really believe that Donald J. Trump is the only person in the world that is really fed up with the illegal immigrants, Islamic people and refugees of all breed? Come on; wake up! Look around: Trump is only saying out loud what millions of people are thinking all around the world. Trump may well have small hands but he definitely has big cojones.

Too much ass kissing and not enough ass kicking!

Secretly or privately, everybody is getting tired of political correctness and kissing up asses. We live in a kiss ass generation. We are in it right now and it is a very sad story. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. People are accusing people of being racist, being bigot, being atheist, being birther, being whatever. People are blaming everyone except themselves for their own misery, their condition and the way they live. Come on, get over it! Man up! When I grew up, those things were not happening. We were not happy with our live, we were doing something about it. Instead of complaining about them and moaning like a child, we knew how to deal with assholes and abusers of all kinds. When we saw snakes, we were not having a meeting about it; we killed snakes!

Personally, I do believe that our planet should be a global village without any kind of frontier, territorial, economical or geographical. I do believe in a world where everybody should live according to one and only one rule: The Golden rule! Evidently, humanity being what it is now, this is not tomorrow the day.

We all live in a kiss ass generation!

All across the world, some, especially the pundits and the media would say and insist that Trump is inciting political violence, that he is a serial liar, a rampant xenophobe and all these other things. I am certainly not to discuss all these issues. It would be losing my time: people only hear what they want to hear. People do not want to hear the truth, they only want you to confirm what they perceive as being the truth. To all of you, owner of the only and holy truth, I would say only a few things: Wake up kiddos! Just get over it! Open your eyes! Finally, after decades of stifling political economical and religious correctness norms, millions have found their voices and it is not a pretty sound.

Like it or not, around the world, millions of people want to do that same thing: speak their minds without fear of being shushed and shamed for being politically or otherwise incorrect. More and more people are now feeling free to talk about what is really on their minds, with no filter between their brain and their mouth, regarding issues related to race, ethnicity, race, culture, gender, religion, sexuality and other sensitive topics. More and more people are now feeling free to share their feelings, their fears, their resentments, their hopes, their anxieties, their prejudices, their values and beliefs. More and more people are now having an open discussion about what we really think and feel.

How are we ever going to have authentic, meaningful conversations about sensitive issues of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural difference and values if we cannot talk about what is really on our minds? How can we build bridges of understanding if we cannot speak openly? Are we really so fragile, so sensitive, that we cannot bear to hear someone else speak their truth, even if that truth is painful to hear? Do we really need to be protected from each other’s perceptions, fears, anger and resentment? Are our feelings so delicate that we cannot bear to listen to the pain, confusion, and frustration that other carry in their hearts?

We will never rid of the world prejudices or biases, racism, sexism, bigotry, and xenophobia by prohibiting uncomfortable, painful conversations. For decades, social, religious and political correctness proponents of all kinds and breeds have said: “Never share your true feelings and thoughts, especially if they are negative. Political correctness has a down side, and we are all seeing it big time. By not allowing people to speak of their fear of others, their financial and social anxiety, their despair about the future, we have failed to deal with the chronic, soul-crushing pain that millions have been feeling for a long time.

The Trump Factor Revisited

Today, unseen before, a politician is making it OK for people to talk about what is really on their minds with no filter between their brain and their mouth. Donald J. Trump, even if it may cost him dearly, does not self-censor and that is one of the things that is appealing to his admirers.

It is about a year ago that Donald Trump stormed onto the political scene.

Those who regularly and constantly advocate political correctness are motivated primarily by either their own personal concerns or by the emotional wellbeing of their ostensibly vulnerable minority community. Their concerns have nothing to do with the general or national interest of a global population and I tend to agree with Trump when he says: “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I Do not frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country [or any other in the world as a matter of fact], does not have time either.”

Many had and still have concerns about Trump. They questioned and are still questioning whether someone with such cutting yet candid honesty, a candidate who veered so sharply from so many of the usual political expectations, could ever become president. Rather than backing down, Trump is still pushing forward.

Today, political correctness with peer-engendered public shaming is now the social reality and there is a contingency of people and pundits that seek not just to diminish alternate viewpoints, but to repress them altogether. It is this kind of mindset, the hostile advocacy of platitudes over polite dissent, dictatorial silencing over thoughtful engagement and censorship over free interchange, that took many from reticent acceptance of Trump’s approach to passionate advocacy. 

Yet it is his honest advocacy for his deeply held beliefs that has emboldened many to speak out confidently for their positions, and to ignore the anonymous attacks and scoffing jeers of the naysayers.

Trump has set and is still setting the politically correct walls aflame.

JMD

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LockedPhone

Apple is strongly objecting to a court’s order stating that the company must help the F.B.I. access the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.

What if the government asks us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create?

Should a back door be built into devices that are used for encrypted communications?

Would that keep us safe from terrorists, or merely make everyone more vulnerable to hackers, as well as to mass government surveillance?

These questions are exactly the one formulated by Apple.

What happens when the government goes to court to demand that you give it something that you do not have? No one has it. It does not exist. What if the government then proceeds to order you to construct, design or invent it?

Must you?

Apple has given significant technical assistance with the San Bernardino case already. Apple gave the F.B.I. the iCloud back-ups for Farook’s phone.

In the past, Apple has helped the government extract information from older iPhones. But there is no way for Apple to do so on the newer iOS 9 operating system, built without a “back door.” There is nothing, no set of instructions that Apple could provide to the F.B.I. or anyone on how to break in into the latest Apple phone.

Can a judge order Apple to come up with a new software bundle that can be loaded onto the phone to take over the operating system?

The judicial system can order you “not to do”. The judicial system can order you to act according to the Law: Do not kill; Stop interfering; Stay away, Stop breaking the law. The judicial system can order you to stop doing something that is against the law but can a judge order you to do something or invent something against your will?

Whatever the moral justification, the mumbo jumbo or legal intellectual masturbation, there is no obligation for anyone to comply with any court order that would go against the law. If the F.B.I. wants to break in Farook’s phone, let them hire a professional hacker to do the work.

Saying that “Apple has the exclusive technical means which would assist the government in completing its search” is a lot of bull.

Judges can tell people to follow the law, but they have to do so in a way that, in itself, respects the law.

JMD

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