You can say what you want about people who don’t pay their taxes, but let’s be clear: tax evasion is not in the same realm of evil as child abuse or terrorism. For the president to even include it in even the same stretch of breath as the latter two and reveals how utterly warped his world view is:
“‘The question we now have to ask is: If technologically it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there’s no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer, how do we solve or disrupt a terrorist plot?’ he said.
‘What mechanisms do we have available to even do simple things like tax enforcement because if in fact you can’t crack that at all, government can’t get in, then everybody is walking around with a Swiss bank account in their pocket.’
The Justice Department has sought to frame the Apple case as one not about undermining encryption. A U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation court order issued to Apple targets a non-encryption barrier on one iPhone.
The FBI says Farook and his wife were inspired by Islamist militants when they shot and killed 14 people on Dec. 2 at a holiday party in California. The couple later died in a shootout with police.
‘Setting aside the specific case between the FBI and Apple, … we’re going to have to make some decisions about how do we balance these respective risks,’ Obama said.”