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In the U.S. Govternment vs Apple dustup, there’s one foundational issue being ignored by the media: Citizens no longer trust law enforcement agents.
Local police departments, such as Las Vegas Metro, employ hundreds of corrupt cops who salivate at the possibility of exploiting a “backdoor” into iPhones, Galaxies, etc. Apologists and anti-Apple types are quick to claim we can trust federal agents to do the right thing, though.
Maybe that was a valid position years ago, but not today. Post-9/11, local cops (including LV Metro) work closely with federal agents in Joint Fusion Centers. Those linkages have given crooked, venal police officers access to technology once confined to federal units. And that access is being abused every day.
For example, within minutes of my son, Erik Scott, being gunned down by an amped-up, scared Las Vegas cop within two seconds, Metro’s Detective Pete Calos picked up Erik’s BlackBerry phone and illegally tried NINE TIMES to break into it. Then Metro had the gall to ask us, the family, for the phone’s passcode—which we didn’t have, either. Metro officers had NO legal justification to snoop through Erik’s contacts, e-mails, text messages and files, but they tried anyway.
The feds-vs-Apple controversy is really a referendum on Americans’ trust of their governments, from local to federal. Frankly, there’s not much left in most citizens’ hearts and minds.