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Justice Department accuses Apple of “corrosive rhetoric”

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By Dan Bart | March 10, 2016 8:18 pm

The Justice Department documents regarding the San Bernardino case are made available by CNBC.

More war of words between the federal government and Apple around the San Bernardino case with the release of a 43-page document from the Justice Department. The documents portrayed Apple as misrepresenting the situation through “diversion” to make the conversation about encryption on a grand scale rather than the one device the government is saying it needs access to.

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Apple and its amici try to alarm this Court with issues of network security, encryption, back doors, and privacy, invoking larger debates before Congress and in the news media. That is a diversion. Apple desperately wants—desperately needs—this case not to be “about one isolated iPhone.

The Justice stresses, that Apple has engaged in “false,” “corrosive” rhetoric regarding the case.

Apple’s rhetoric is not only false, but also corrosive of the very institutions that are best able to safeguard our liberty and our rights: the courts, the Fourth Amendment, longstanding precedent and venerable laws, and the democratically elected branches of government.

And Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak supports for Apple “I side with Apple on this one,” adding that the FBI “picked a lame case,” and that it is unlikely the phone in question even contains relevant information.

The government’s document ultimately recommended that the Court deny Apple’s motion and compel the company “to assist the FBI in unlocking Farook’s iPhone.”

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said “there needs to be a discussion about when the government should be able to gather information,” adding that “the government needs to talk openly about safeguards.” Gates added, “for tech companies there needs to be some consistency including how governments work with each other. The sooner we modernize the laws the better.”

Via his Twitter account Tuesday, Snowden also shared an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report which states that the FBI’s claim that Apple must unlock the mobile device itself is fraudulent, suggesting the agency hopes to “weaken the ecosystem” of smartphone security in a “power grab.”

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