Re: Apple takes a page out of Ayn Rand's books
Well, they certainly won't be able to sell them in Iraq and Syria, that's for sure. :-) Seriously, that's a huge part of issue. Europe takes their privacy much more seriously than we seem to anymore, much less rivals like China and Iran for security reasons.
What makes this hard is it is in response to terriost incident. 100% of Americans would like to see inside that phone in this particular case. Same would true if this was child porn, slave trading, or any number of crimes all people agree are despicable.
The problem is setting this precedent then opens it up to any activity the government wants to apply it to. If this crime was illegal bookmaking on the Super Bowl, would FBI be asking to crack the phone? Would everyone still feel same way about it then when maybe they were one of millions who placed a bet? It's a very slippery slope here.
Personally, I'm not sure what they think they'll find anyway. Does it really matter at this point if their next stop was the YMCA to shoot people working out? We already know they were freaking crazy. They can already get phone call records or anything else traveling thru servers. What do they think is on that SIM that would help us stop the next radical lunatic like this?