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Video: Apple v FBI, Guess Which Side Bill Gates Took

When Bill Gates sides with someone, it might not be a chief rival company to Microsoft.

According to his own later statement, it was inaccurate to report that Bill Gate sided with the government. According to the New York Times,

In an interview published Tuesday morning with The Financial Times, the newspaper portrayed Mr. Gates as siding with the government in its attempt to force Apple to help investigators extract data from an iPhone that belonged to an attacker in the December mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.

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Later, speaking with Bloomberg News, he said the newspaper had gone too far in characterizing his allegiances.

But his portrayal of the issue is highly questionable and makes Apple look like it is in the wrong.

“This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information,” Mr. Gates told the newspaper. “They are not asking for some general thing; they are asking for a particular case.”

Sure they are.

I think people would be better off listening to Rush Limbaugh than Bill Gates on this issue.

Here is Bill Gates in his own words.

I find Bill Gates’ portrayal of the government’s role as protectors of the people from terrorism misleading. As if governments don’t institute policies that 1) have nothing to do with the real interests of the people they claim to represent, and 2) provoke terrorist threats against those people so that they are both endangered and robbed of their rights and liberties by the government in the name of protecting them.

According to media reports I heard yesterday morning on the news, 51 percent side with the FBI and fewer than 40 percent with Apple. If that is accurate the Republic (assuming for the sake of argument that is still exists) will not survive such citizens. The terrorist attacks on 9-11 have defeated us.

Carole Adams is a Cassandra of our time.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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