As the primary season grinds on we find an unexpected battle between the liberal icon Hillary Clinton and a fresh face on the political scene, Bernie Sanders. The latter surprised everyone with his decision to make a run at the prize, and surely caught Clinton flat-footed, especially with his recent upset victory in Michigan, where everyone, including the pollsters, expected an easy Clinton triumph. Such last-minute swings in voter sentiment, while not unprecedented, are unusual. Pollsters have decided that voters, communicating via osmosis, decided among themselves that trade policy was the key issue in the heated Democratic campaign.
There. I just wanted to demonstrate that I can talk the talk. I can detach from substance and talk politics as if politics were real.
I actually sat down here to write about an interview I saw last night – the appearance of Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the Stephen Colbert program. I set a very low bar for both him and the Justice Department, and that way am never disappointed. And indeed, expectations were met.
At three minutes or so into the interview, which is reproduced beneath the fold here, Colbert brings up the issue of the iPhone and the San Bernardino shootings. Since he is in a high-profile position, he has either internalized the script or knows not to question it, so any questions regarding the factual nature of the event is off limits. In America if it is on TV news, whether real or fake, it is real.
At question is the iPhone used by one of the fake shooters, and efforts by the Justice Department to get Apple to open it up for them so they can retrieve its contents. Says Lynch, they only want Apple to prevent the phone from being erased after they fail ten times or so to guess the password.
All tech-savvy people know that when NSA or law enforcement wants to break into a password-protected device, they just guess at passwords because password protection is absolute. There is no way around it. I think I can help Justice and Attorney General Lynch in this matter. The San Bernardino shooter, whether a patsy who was really killed or an operative only fake-killed, was once a kid, and probably had a pet.
Look into his background, find the name of that pet, you’ve got your password.
For the record, Apple phones are no more secure than your GMail account from prying eyes. There’s no protection, no privacy. We are basically carrying tracking devices when we carry our phones with us, and our conversations can be easily hacked and eavesdropped on. Fortunately for most of us, we’re just not that interesting.
The point of the tussle here between Justice and Tim Cook is to leave us with the impression that our privacy is protected. Trust me, it is not.