Re: Mixed feelings
" On one hand I am upset that Apple took such a strong stance against the FBI to the point you would think Apple was holding out against the Gestapo."
I'm sorry, but when your government has a history of acting like that, they lose all benefit of the doubt. The government has secret warrants, NSLs, gag orders. They've been found to spy on citizens, collect information in the hopes it will help them. We've got leaders telling us "If you've got nothing to hide, you shouldn't care", which I think would make an authoritarian country groan with a "I've heard that before". The FBI, for decades, kept files and tabs on all sorts of 'subversives' in our country, doing who knows what with the information. (Find out a candidate for president is having an affair, you can control them!). All in the name of 'keeping us safe'.
Here's a sad story. I was listening to an old-time-radio show, This is your FBI, from the early 50s. In this episode, at a break, the narrator went on to tell us about the horrors of communism by retelling a story of someone who escaped from a country under a communist regime. He talked about being imprisoned without trial, about being kept awake for days on end, being bombarded with music and noise, all in an attempt to break him (re-educate, you know). And as he was going on and on about these deplorable acts, I could tick off each and every one of them as being something the US has been caught doing lately under the PATRIOT Act. And you think of everything the government has been exposed doing, and all I can think back to is my days growing up hearing about government surveillance in East Germany and Russia and wondering "How did we let our government turn into the USSR?".
Oh, but they're "terrorists" and it's "war", that's OK then.