Our right to privacy from government might rest on the stubbornness of some Apple engineers.
The Obama Regime claims that the “All Writs Act” of 1789 gives them the authority to compel any person or company to provide whatever assistance required to carry out a search (or any other kind of) warrant. That said, as I wrote about in a previous post, there is a superseding law with respect to technology that was passed in the 1990’s Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) which should render the point moot.
But the New York Times brings up a good point: What if Apple engineers QUIT rather than do Obama’s dirty work for him?
Apple employees are already discussing what they will do if ordered to help law enforcement authorities. Some say they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created, according to more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees.
Among those interviewed were Apple engineers who are involved in the development of mobile products and security, as well as former security engineers and executives.
The potential resistance adds a wrinkle to a very public fight between Apple, the world’s most valuable company, and the authorities over access to an iPhone used by one of the attackers in the December mass killing in San Bernardino, Calif.
Then it becomes a question of does the 13th Amendment supersede statutory laws such as CALEA? Normally this would be a no-brainer: Constitutional Law ALWAYS trumps statutory law. But this is the Age Of Obama, brains aren’t needed (or wanted).
So this is the question: if these engineers and ONLY these engineers can create the back door that Obama wants, can they be forced to work by the government against their will to make something they clearly do not want to make?
You better hope the answer to that is NO. Because if it is yes, there is no longer ANY right to refuse service to the Federal Government. You and your talents can literally be taken into slavery by Barack HUSSEIN Obama or whomever else is running the Federal Government at any time. You no longer have any right to control your own labor because you cannot refuse any service. The implications of that are obvious: if you can no longer control your own labor, then it no longer belongs to you. Your talents Belong To The State.
It’s as if Obama wants to have a gay marriage, and only YOU can bake the cake that he wants. So you will bake it. Or else.
And if they refuse or resign from their positions at Apple in order to not have to do this work, will it harm them professionally? Probably not:
The fear of losing a paycheck may not have much of an impact on security engineers whose skills are in high demand. Indeed, hiring them could be a badge of honor among other tech companies that share Apple’s skepticism of the government’s intentions.
“If someone attempts to force them to work on something that’s outside their personal values, they can expect to find a position that’s a better fit somewhere else,” said Window Snyder, the chief security officer at the start-up Fastly and a former senior product manager in Apple’s security and privacy division.
Such people are irreplaceable. American engineers like these cannot simply be replaced by H-1B’s. When you have skills of that caliber and reach that level you can work only under the conditions that YOU dictate. Unless Obama wants your labor.
So given that this is a case where strong personal convictions will not lead to personal sacrifice in order to stick by them, why should any of these men and women consent to do something they do not wish to do, and that the Constitution of the Untied States clearly protects them from HAVING to do?
Except that we don’t really have a Constitution anymore. We live under a Tyranny of the District of Columbia that is ruled by one man and his puppets on the Federal Court. There are no consequences to violating the Constitutional Rights of a citizen if you are a Federal Judge.