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Trump Loses My Vote - Terrorists Win!

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 20/02/2016 Raymond J Brune

2016-02-20-1455985288-5532419-timcookappleceo.jpeg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-02-20-1455985288-5532419-timcookappleceo.jpeg Donald Trump has lost my vote. He's calling for Americans to boycott Apple over its fight with the government to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Well, of course he is. He knows the power of fear. It looks as though he's officially been demoted to "politician" now that he's fueling that fear. Who in their right mind would vote for a president who is seen as soft on terrorism? If Trump decided to instead defend "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures..." as stated in the fourth amendment, he'd be lambasted from all sides for enabling terrorists. That would certainly cost him the election. So he, like the FBI and so many other government agencies, need to create a villain in order to intensify the fear. Tim Cook of Apple is that villain. Those of us who insist our liberties not be tinkered with are that villain.
This standoff between Apple and the government will most likely go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. I don't place much faith in that bunch. These are the people who allowed cops to set up "sobriety checkpoints", pulling over any motorists ensnared in their road traps, to see perchance if they've had one too many. Yes, the Supreme Court, in all its wisdom, decided that "the greater good" is being served by potentially protecting our roadways from one or two drunks, than from protecting my right and your right to travel those roadways unmolested by interfering law enforcement. These Nazi-style "show me your papers" checkpoints directly violate my right to unreasonable searches when no probable cause exists. The Court admits in its 1990 ruling that it's an "intrusion of individual liberties" yet still allowed it. The threat (read: "fear") a drunk driver imposes on other motorists outweighs a "suspicionless investigatory seizure". I'm sorry, but I thought their sole job was to protect and enforce the Constitution.
We're screwed. I mean, as a democracy, we're screwed. A court that determines drunk drivers are such a threat that it needs to suspend my Fourth Amendment right - is most certainly going to rule in favor of the terrorists. You know what I'm saying...that unlocking this supposed treasure trove of terrorist intelligence stored on that iPhone is far more important than my right to privacy. The issue is further complicated because it's an "all or none" proposition. Apple can't just unlock that one terrorists' phone. Unlocking one enables the government to unlock them all - and the Feds know that well, which is why they're going to the mat on this one. So many Americans will willingly trade their rights for the perception that they're more protected from terrorism.
I admire Tim Cook for leading the way on this issue. I admire Edward Snowden for giving up his life as he knew it to lead the way on a similar fight against the NSA's illegal privacy invasions. I would have admired Donald Trump immensely had he sided with the people on this one. But I have little faith that the Constitution will prevail this time. Fear will be our downfall. It's inevitable. A master key will eventually be created to unlock my iPhone and yours. And you know what? The day that happens is the day terrorists truly win.
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