Originally Posted by japm
This is a Law/Government issue, but I'm just so extremely disappointed that Apple so blatantly lied about this, exactly like Verizon did back in 2006.
They could have just said, no comment - but they made an explicit untrue statement to avoid bad PR.
This has destroyed every bid of trust that I ever had in Apple.
Doing it voluntarily is one thing, but then lying about it is another.
Nobody is doing anything voluntarily, because it costs them mega bucks to comply with these information requests.
Lying is all the can do, because by law they are required to deny any knowledge and are not allowed to warn the victims of a spy attack that they are targeted.
Simple silence is always interpreted as "tacit agreement", or as the old Romans said: "Qui tacit consentire videtur", thus a dementi is the only thing they can plausibly do within the legal framework.
The idiocy is that the American public is fine with this and has been assuaged with plenty of flag waving, invoking of patriotism (even in the blatantly misnamed "Patriot Act"), military posturing, we-re-under-attack-rhetoric, and lots of propaganda on rightwing TV, such that anyone criticizing the Bush-Cheney policies (happily continued by Obama) is considered a potential terrorist, aka "either you're with us, or you're with them".
9/11 was the biggest catastrophe, but not because of the people who perished (many more die each ear of drunk driving and nobody gives a damn), but because it delivered a pretext under which this country has been transformed into something that resembles the government apparatus to spy on the population like that employed by eastern block countries before the collapse of the iron curtain.
I guess, just like the Germans after WWII helped the US build the rockets for the moon landing, so the Russians after the cold war helped the US build a good surveillance apparatus.
Anyway, no need to be alarmed: the same companies that claim no knowledge are heavily involved with helping the Chinese to build their "Great Firewall" and rat out dissidents to the regime when it translates into $$$.