April 7, 2016

FBI director brags about ability to spy on your cellphone

UPI - FBI Director James Comey said the agency purchased "a tool" from a private party to access data on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters.

Comey, in an address at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, said the legal battle between the U.S. government and Apple ended because "the government has purchased, from a private party, a way to get into that phone, 5C, running iOS 9" operating system. He said the same method could be used to help the agency and law enforcement nationwide in the future.

"I can imagine a world, maybe, where a local police department, in a case they can't otherwise solve, can send us a device, with the understanding that we're never going to testify, we're never going to tell you how we opened it, so you're never going to be able to use what's on the phone as evidence, but it might be a lead to something that would be useful," he said.


Corey said...

When the GWBush admin was found to be breaking the law by spying on Americans with no warrants, who later, protected themselves by passing a law, retroactive, that made what they did, supposedly legal, anyone that complained was generally told to deal with it, and if they had nothing to hide, they shouldn't worry, and, if you didn't support the government over reach, you were protecting terrorists and were a domestic terrorist. Ironically, I started replying by stating, that when a new president arrives, if he/she was a Democrat, what GWB admin did, would all of a sudden be considered treason, by the very same people who supported GWB admin. And don't you just know it, it happened. So, the logical part of me says it is wrong, but my cynical, aka "evil twin" thinks it's a hoot, and loves saying; "What are you a terrorist supporter? If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear!"

Tom Puckett said...

Knowing this to be the case from way back (50's?), I've always liked this quote from Richard Bach:

“Live never to be ashamed if anything you do or say is published around the world -- even if what is published is not true.”

― Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Cheers, Tom