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By Stan Greene
Observer Staff Writer 

Federal Government Invented iPhone, Says Nancy Pelosi

House Democratic Leader says Steve Jobs put it together, but Federal Government Did Components


Not only did Al Gore create the internet, but Bill Clinton invented the iPhone. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but not by much. San Francisco's representative in Congress and the House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, says the federal government created the components--GPS, alloys, voice recognition. "Steve Jobs did a good job putting it all together, but federal research built the components.

The youtube video of Pelosi is below.

It's ironic that Pelosi would claim the Feds invented the iPhone, since they've struggled so hard in Federal Courts to gain access the their encryption matrix

It was revealed as a part of the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures that the American and British intelligence agencies, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have access to the user data in iPhones, BlackBerrys, and Android phones, respectively. They can read almost all smartphone information, including SMS, location, emails, and notes.

According to a The New York Times article titled "Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New iPhone Locks Out N.S.A.", Apple has developed a new encryption method for iOS 8, described as "so deep that Apple could no longer comply with government warrants asking for customer information to be extracted from devices."

Throughout 2015, prosecutors in the United States argued for the U.S. government to be able to compel decryption of iPhone contents.

] After the 2015 San Bernardino attack, the FBI recovered an iPhone 5C that was issued to one of the shooters by his employer, and iCloud backups of that phone from a month and a half before the shooting. (The shooters had destroyed their personal phones.) The U.S. government used the All Writs Act to obtain a court order ordering Apple to produce an IPSW file that would allow investigators to brute force the passcode of the iPhone.

Tim Cook responded on the company's website, outlining a need for encryption, arguing that if they produce a backdoor for one device, it would inevitably be used to compromise the privacy of other iPhone users.

On February 19, Apple communicated to journalists that the password for the Apple ID for the iPhone had been changed within a day of the government obtaining it, preventing Apple from producing a workaround that would only target older devices.


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