The law that the court order in this case involves, the All Writs Act, was written in 1789. Obviously, the authors of this law did not anticipate the complicated set of questions that I just posed.
Why I disagree with nearly everyone regarding Apple and the FBI.
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Actually they did. They expected and based their law on this expectation that the law and the judges would be reasonable. You have read into the AWA a huge set of potential hypothetical. What if the AWA required that Apple employees kill their first born? According to your logic this is an eventuality that needs to be considered. It leads into an unproductive hypothetical discussion better left to late nights in the dorm than serious conversations about political decisions.

I prefer the sober reasoning of the Federalist Papers. see for example, http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed44.asp