Do you know what’s especially funny about the fight between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)? While one part of the State is trying to destroy computer security another part is begging for help:
Carter will visit a Pentagon outpost in the heart of Silicon Valley, speak at a cybersecurity conference in San Francisco and go to Microsoft and Amazon headquarters in Seattle to highlight the risks of cyberattacks and the need for greater digital cooperation with the Pentagon.
His visit to the West Coast — his third in less than a year, more than he’s made to Kabul or Baghdad — marks the latest effort by the Obama administration to recruit telecommunications, social media and other technology companies as partners in national security operations despite deep suspicion in Silicon Valley about government surveillance.
Statism in a nutshell. When computer security stands in the way of the State’s power it attempts to crush it mercilessly. But when it needs computer security to solidify and maintain its power it comes crawling back to the very people it tried to execute only a short while ago.
In the end the State wants the best of both worlds. It wants a world where its networks and devices are secure but nobody else’s are. Why should security professionals provide the State any assistance when it constantly tries to bite their hands?