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 Sure. It's proof of the rights that U.S. citizens have regarding search and seizure. That's why the FISA court ruled back in 2006 that the NSA had failed to correctly redact personal information from a database that the FBI/CIA were allowed to access. However, that's the only proven constitutional violation from the entire Snowden document dump, and it was the NSA itself that provided the proof from an internal audit. There was a later federal court ruling that MAYBE the...
Can you claim that it's not possible for someone who wanted to subvert U.S. national security to purchase and use an iOS device? No. Therefore, the CIA does have a legitimate reason for this type of research. And in a democracy where the legal standard is "innocent until proven guilty", it doesn't really work to conflate opportunity for wrongdoing with actual proven wrongdoing. Taking the stance of conflation is actually anti-democratic.
 Clearly? What's the proof of that? The article certainly doesn't provide any evidence that the interest in cracking iOS security is not national security related. People need to abandon the conflation and focus on actual proof of abuse. Do you think a hacker that tries to crack security is definitely guilty of trying to do something nefarious without proof?
Why is Sandia National Laboratories in quotes? That's not a secret organization. 
So you're calling the Heritage Foundation liars? http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/cloud-centers-bring-high-tech-flash-but-not-many-jobs-to-beaten-down-towns/2011/11/08/gIQAccTQtN_print.html http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-new-data-center-north-carolina-created-50-jobs-2011-11
 https://twitter.com/heritage/status/472161734191751168 http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/053014-702871-the-dead-hand-of-crony-capitalism-exposed.htm Also, in the past 20 years, the Fortune 500 has received $63 billion in tax subsidies from government. People like to talk about "barriers" to doing business in the U.S., but the reality is that there are mostly open floodgates of cash in the form of tax breaks for big business.
Just an example: Apple received $370 million in tax breaks from North Carolina for creating 50 jobs. Does that seem like a big win for North Carolina taxpayers? Or more like a meaningless giveaway?
Marc Newson, who has been working with Apple recently, did a concept car design for Ford in 1999...the 021C.
The cash is already in the United States sitting in NYC banks. It's a complete myth that the actual money is "outside" the U.S. 
 Most of it is already in the U.S., which is what a lot of people don't realize when they start talking about "overseas" money. Most of Apple's cash hoard from "overseas" is actually sitting in NYC banks. They can borrow against it at will, and interest rates that are below the rate of inflation mean that the U.S. government is paying Apple to borrow money.
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