FBI translation: um…err…sorry, (nervous laugh)…nevermind…sorry we wasted taxpayers’ money, and sorry that by forcing Apple to spend money on lawyers, we’re also responsible for eroding shareholder value and potentially making future Apple devices juuust a bit more expensive…our bad…
All you really need to read if you believe that “just one phone” is somehow a compelling *or* realistic argument is right here:
…New York City police commissioner, William J. Bratton, and the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., criticized Apple after it refused to comply with the court order and said that they currently possessed 175 iPhones that they could not unlock.
Charlie Rose recently interviewed Mr. Vance and asked if he would want access to all phones that were part of a criminal proceeding should the government prevail in the San Bernardino case.
Mr. Vance responded: “Absolutely right.”
Even people who oppose the Justice Department’s request concede the government made a smart first move, one that could establish precedent to justify more invasive tactics.
“They’ll come up with a reason why for every single phone,” said Chris Finan, a former White House security adviser…
Courtesy of the New York Times.