Lol. Let me just say that that ‘kaleidohibfiblybaUBFYI’ person is beyond ignorant.
Now, to the real issue at hand. I think you’re completely right. Ed Snowden is still on exile and Julian Assange can’t find a country that will grant him asylum simply because they spoke against the US Governments attempts to monitor and invade the privacy of its citizens.
The truth of the matter is, if it hadn’t been the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone, it would have something else. And the debate on the issue, unfortunately, will not stop there (not like it should).
People always tend to ignore the evidence leading to very sensitive issues like this. It’s just like the whole ‘if you’re a muslim, you’re a terrorist’ thing. Bad people do bad things, regardless of what their influences are.
For example, robbery in Nigeria has taken multiple forms over the years. From the usual midnight break-ins to daylight robberies, to ‘One chance’ and so on. Same goes for Yahoo Yahoo. If you shut down evil one way, it will find another way re-invent itself. That’s just how the world works.
The backdoor thing is not the only way to combat the problem the FBI is facing. They fucking sell guns at WalMart in the US, but its unlocking an iPhone that they want to focus on. If it was even an isolated situation, without the potential ramifications on all the other iPhones in the entire world, we could still give it some thought.
Knowledge is power and there is no guarantee that the knowledge the US government will glean from invading the privacy of people’s phones will not lead to said people being overpowered by the same government promising that it is for their protection.
Anyway, you hit the nail on the head, and this article sums up all that needs to be summed up regarding this issue. Kudos.