SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Apple’s head honcho Tim Cook is rallying the troops in his upcoming war with Uncle Sam.
It’s over whether the company should obey a court order to help the feds break into the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Sayed Farook.
The debate kinda comes down to one of two issues, with Uncle Sam channeling “Star Trek” (“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”)
And Apple appealing to “The Wizard of Oz” (“How would like someone to come along and pick something off of you?”)
Cook sent out an email to Apple employees explaining why he’s bucking the government on this.
“This case is about more than a single phone,” he wrote, adding that it doesn’t feel right to oppose the government in a case centering on the freedoms and liberties the government is meant to protect.
FBI director James Comey put out his own letter, this one saying the issue is about the terror victims and justice, adding that “we owe them a thorough and professional investigation.”
Former NSA head Michael Hayden, who directed the collection of telephone metadata from millions of Americans, says he’s with the government, but then again, not.
In an interview with USA Today, Hayden said he’s trending with the government in this specific case, but adds that allowing law enforcement through the back door of all phones harms American safety and security.
And now there’s word some of the survivors of the attack will file a brief supporting the government, agreeing the needs of the country outweigh the needs of apple and its customers.