You are wrong, Mark. This topic [encryption of iPhones] is about a basic understanding of how to implement freedom. A modern implementation of freedom is not our version of absolutism, but a theory of relativity serving the diverse sovereign needs of the world to each his own.
Real freedom comes from paradoxical rules of collective freedom paired with the need to support individual freedom, each defined as a unique combination of relativity every sovereign nation aspires to. Tim Cook’s stance is naive because he thinks he can act as the keeper of such a totalitarian interpretation and absolutism of freedom. Absolutism that by definition, fails to encircle the needs of the world. More importantly, no technology company should be given the keys to the meaning of any sovereignty. Technology must serve the needs of mankind, not dictate it.
And given that no security is unbreakable, the enforcement in the U.S. through a court order, just like analog telephony, would be just fine. So, Apple’s current stance is an attack on the relativity of freedom the world deserves, not in support of it.
I predicted this clash between the government and technology companies in Technology Companies: Govern thyself or be governed. As technology companies, we must prove we understand the economics to inspire a brave new world better than our governments, or technology companies will get hammered with regulations — Renewable Economics™ to the rescue.
My original comment posted on Mark’s website is here.