Comey’s Charade.




I can’t put my finger on it, but this is the first word that came to mind when I learned today that the Justice Department, the same department which once desperately begged Apple and other encryption users to provide back-doors which would render their impenetrable encryption vulnerable to the prying eyes of the American government (which of course only ever has our well-being in mind), and which led FBI director James Comey to suggest, in December, that firms providing encryption in their products should “rethink their business models.”


Hold that thought.


The Justice Department doesn’t need help anymore.


They found it in the guise of a mysterious “third party” which has graciously lent a helping hand in deconstructing the powerful encryption on the iPhone belonging to San Bernardino terrorist, Syed Rizwan Farook. Suddenly, the Justice Department no longer needs our help or that of lawyers. They can do it on their own, with the help of their deus ex machina code-breaking moment.


I sense an untrustworthy charade by Comey and Company. As recently as March 1, the Justice Department maintained that the iPhone’s encryption was beyond the scope of their code-breakers. Now, in the span of a week (last Monday we learned this day was coming…)


This navigational course the Feds and their intelligence outfits have taken since the San Bernardino attacks seems dubious, at best. How does such an obscure and seemingly insurmountable encryption, in the span of a week, crumble to pieces without some elemental trace of mischief or concerted sorcery?


Have the Feds been sitting on this magic solution longer than they tell us? If so, why the ploy to get Apple to spill the beans (knowing they wouldn’t) and, having been unsurprisingly rebuffed by Cupertino, appear to be launching a bitter counteroffensive that will leave a nice dripping egg all over Apple’s collective corporate reputation, which of course, is predicated largely on its robust security.