Trump, other GOP presidential hopefuls, take shots at Apple for refusing to obey a court order

Trump, other GOP presidential hopefuls, take shots at Apple for refusing to obey a court order
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio decided to turn their attention to Apple today, both attacking the tech titan for failing to unlock the Apple iPhone 5c belonging to terrorist Syed Farook. Trump and Rubio both made it clear that they believe national security is more important than worries about invasion of  privacy.

Apple has received a court order from a federal judge, demanding that it unlock Farook's phone; law enforcement officials believe that the data inside the handset could be a treasure trove of information about Farook and his wife. The feds are thinking that this information could yield the names of terrorists and groups that worked with the couple behind the scenes, and list potential targets that they were looking at.

Apple said today that it will appeal the court order and CEO Tim Cook said that there is no software that will do what the court is demanding of them. The executive says that if such software was built and got into the wrong hands, everyone with an iPhone would be in danger of having their personal information stolen.

Trump, the billionaire real estate developer who is the GOP front-runner, said that it is ridiculous that the government is wasting time when it has information about a possible attack. "The reality is time is of the essence when you’re talking about the possibility of a terrorist attack," Trump said. We need to point out here that there is no proof that any such information rests inside the iPhone 5c that is the subject of this court order.

Rubio was less hostile than Trump. The senator said that "Ultimately, I think being a good corporate citizen is important." He added that the standoff with Apple shows why talks between the government and the tech industry are necessary.

source: NYPost

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76. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Meh, what a soap opera. I bet NSA has cracked it already :)

75. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

It's quite predictable that Trump would back the government on this, typical of his bigger, more intrusive government policy in general. I doubt Hillary or Sanders will comment on this since it's a divisive issue, but I think they would back the current administration as they hold the same policy positions in general. This type of issue is one more example of why the US needs a leader who will respect individual rights and liberties, and limit the activities of government to where it's effective.

72. Biernot unregistered

trump must die

73. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Why does he always look like he's letting out the biggest fart every in nearly all of his pictures.

78. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016


68. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Trump doesn't like Apple......I should get apple....this may actually be the best point in it's favor!

65. ChocolateThunder

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

The Government is not our friend and never has been. See through the smoke and mirrors to understand that they want access to anything and everything at will and we have no say. You ask "What do you have in your phone that's so important?" Evidently enough for the government to want access to every iPhone. Put the pieces together....

66. Furbal unregistered

Government is suppose to fear us. We need to make it happen again. We need to be in control (not corporate donors to both sides).

50. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013


80. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015


46. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Next thing you know, Doofus Trump would be labeling you as a terrorist based on your religion, then those who were initially thought to be "good corporate citizen" all of a sudden get labelled as terrorists...then we have Hitler v2. First target based on religion, then immigrants, then protesters, and we finally have a World War v3. No government should have such prone to abuse power to begin with.

41. Derekjeter

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

No one should ever support invading privacy specially coming from the government and their scare tactics.

25. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

After his 4 bankruptcies he basically said the people who invested are just suckers, and i can't wait for him to say the same about the idiots who are voting for this clown.

18. htcisthebest

Posts: 439; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Security with iOS is a joke. Even the fingerprint sensor can be breached. Samsung Knox and Windows phones are more secured imo.

19. Blazers

Posts: 790; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Maybe you could offer your amazing hacking services to the feds then, since they can't seem to be able to crack the encryption

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Just because they can't do it doesn't mean it cant be done, and I doubt that the FBI called on blackhats to see what they could do.

39. engineer-1701d unregistered

all they need is the fingerprints and ballistic gel to make copy and your in. or just take the phone to the body push the home button with finger from him. done

60. Blazers

Posts: 790; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That would be a great idea if the iphone 5c had a fingerprint scanner.

17. Furbal unregistered

These Republicans are idiots (repub myself). They have no business calling themselves it. We need much less government intervention in everything.

29. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3197; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I used to be a Republican. Not because I left the party, but because the party left me. There is nothing the current crop of blowhards shares with the traditional party of Lincoln. I am now a proud Independent.

38. engineer-1701d unregistered

in most things yes in saving people's lives from terrorism in the homeland they need to be on point

45. BobLawblaw unregistered

Well maybe if the US government hadn't been terrorising other countries and killing their civilians then you wouldn't have to worry about your homeland. US government bombs a school or hospital it's collateral damage. Anyone else and it's terrorism..

61. willard12 unregistered

I believe the thousands of people who got the vaccine for the Ebola virus delivered to their hospital from the US CDC probably feel a little different about who is a terrorist than you. But, I'm pretty sure most terrorists cite their religion as the source of their actions rather than any hospital bombing. But, you should boycott all of the terrorist activities perpetrated by the US and stop using US products or products that originated in the US. Maybe you could get rid of your iOS or Android device first. Then, you could cut off that internet that originated from the US military. Afterall, as you say, they are terrorist. Your boycott will teach them a lesson. Or, as I'm guessing, you'll keep using them because you really have no principals. Then, you'll justify it by saying the US taxpayers spent $10 billiion to combat AIDS in Africa, billions aid to Japan and Pakistan after their earthquakes, risked American lives to stop genocide in Kosovo. So, maybe they're not so bad afterall. But before you cut off all your US ties, be sure to call your cousin who immigrated to the US by using your US invented cell phone to let him know you will be out of touch because of your boycott. You may want to post a message to everyone on your Harvard University originated Facebook account and post a video on Google's Youtube just like ISIS does. But, don't just drive away to the sunset. Walk. Afterall, your car also originated from.....guess where?

58. Furbal unregistered

Security is a falsehood, things are always going to happen. There needs to be a middle ground but you don't build in exploits just for something that the Fed gov deems may happen.

16. aegislash

Posts: 1538; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Hmmm I wonder if Jeb Bush will chime in with anything, seeing as he seems to love Apple a whole lot.

37. engineer-1701d unregistered

are you kidding me you seen the video of him finding out the apple watch can make or take calls. no idea about tech just runs with what he is told.

14. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

and that's when Hacking comes in hand..

7. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

"You're F...ed!"

6. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

How did the Jennifer Lawrance's private pictures got leaked on the internet? I just heard that her iPhone was hacked... So? We can hack iPhone to get nudes from a famous girl but not about posible terrorist crucial information? what a joke.

12. Intrepid_wiz

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

Dude, you deserve 100 likes, but it was her iCloud account ( am not sure) that was hacked

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