In George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four doublethink is described as, “The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary.” That is the most accurate term to describe the White House’s claim that what the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is demanding of Apple isn’t a back door:
The White House says a court ruling asking Apple to help the FBI access data on a phone belonging to the San Bernardino gunman does not mean asking for a “back door” to the device.
By definition a backdoor, as it pertains to security, is a purposely placed mechanism that allows an unauthorized party to bypass security measures. What the FBI is asking Apple to develop is a special version of iOS that attempts to brute force the device’s password and doesn’t contain the increasing timed lockout functionality when entering incorrect passwords or the functionality that erases the phone after 10 incorrect passwords have been entered. The FBI is asking for a backdoor.
Just because the FBI is demanding this special firmware for a specific iPhone doesn’t mean the firmware isn’t a backdoor. But through the magic of doublethink the White House is able to claim what the FBI is demanding isn’t a backdoor.