Comey Admits FBI Screwed Up On Apple vs FBI

This story has been widely reported.  I’m using Buzzfeed’s excellent article.  FBI director James Comey admits FBI screwed up on Apple vs FBI.

Jim Comey

Jim Comey

FBI Director James Comey has now admitted that it was his agency that ordered San Bernardino County to change the iCloud password on the terrorist’s account.  Apparently they did this without even talking to Apple first.  Then we have this from the Buzzfeed story:

Though, Comey was quick to add that, according to experts who have spoken to him, the FBI would still have challenged Apple in court because, he said, a backup from iCloud would not have restored all of the phone’s data.

How in the world does he know that?  Answer: he doesn’t.  This is another CYA action by a member of the Obama administration.  The crowd in the executive branch in D.C. seem to specialize in CYA and the blame game.  James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal, in fact, has made this into an ongoing gag: “We Blame George W. Bush.”

The FBI has been dishonest throughout this process.  They have blamed Apple for their own failings.  Is there any part of the U.S. Justice Department that has not been tainted by Eric Holder’s mendacity?

About Tony Lima

Tony Lima has been working with technology, economic modeling, forecasting, and market research for 40 years. His background makes him uniquely qualified to navigate this varied landscape. Begin with his education: B.S. in chemical engineering from M.I.T. , M.B.A. from Harvard, Ph.D. in economics from Stanford. His day job was professor of economics at California State University, East Bay. He retired in 2016 to devote his time to consulting and writing. But he has found time to: write (eight books and over 100 articles ranging from wine economics to detailed analyses of meta-language code generators) consult with companies ranging from Microsoft to CEDEX keep his expertise up-to-date, constantly reading and sorting through the avalanche of information available daily maintain three blogs: Wine Research, Wine Economics, and Economic Policy Local policy analysis: Los Altos

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