Best write up I have seen on this.
What bothers me about the FBI (and judicial oversight) in this case is this — if the bad guys (and feel free to insert anyone in here) had used an AES system and a Samsung hard drive (or any other non-smartphone method of communications and encryption), would Samsung, or the AES software manufacturer be forced to provide access to the encrypted data? Are they going to haul Phil Zimmermann into court? Of course not, because, as Tim Cook as said, we cannot do it.
In the specific case of the iPhone, I am going to take the long view and say that Apple probably _could_ do it. But they have taken the high road and said, as many others have not, _we could do it, but we should not do it_ and for all the right reasons.
It is time for the politicians and the rest of the police state to realize that the technology genie of encryption is out of the bottle. People are rightly encrypting their data as they should, and law enforcement, for their valid reasons, should have to work just as hard as the bad guys to get the information they need. Sorry, but that is the way it works. There are more bad guys out there going after good people than good guys protecting them, so we are going to need companies like Apple to step up and tell them to find it another way. So far, with all the data that has been collected, none of the police states have managed to prevent terroism, so saying they need back doors to our systems is a little like the TSA saying _trust us, your valuables will be safely transported on that aircraft_ when we all know that is not the case.