- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2016

Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck said he fully supports Apple for opposing a judge’s order to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, California, terrorists, saying Americans must not trade liberty for “a false sense of security.”

“This is insanity,” Mr. Beck wrote in a Facebook post early Thursday. “Apple should NOT hack in or develop a back door or key as it will put ALL iPhones at risk.”

“If they make a back door, it is only a matter of time before the ‘bad guys’ get it,” he continued. “I also do not believe that the ‘bad guys’ will always only be outside of our government. Our founders had a healthy fear of abusive government. We need to have some of that. The government CANNOT bully private companies.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook warned in a public letter Tuesday that complying with the order to help the FBI break into Syed Farook’s device would entail building “a backdoor to the iPhone” — “something we consider too dangerous to create.”

“The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals,” the letter said. “We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”

Mr. Beck argued that private companies “should do the right thing” for the country by staying within the limits of the Constitution.

“This is an example of Apple doing the right thing for America and our security,” he wrote. “No matter how many bills or laws are created that have ‘USA,’ ‘patriot’ or ‘we love America more than you’ in the title, we are no longer blindly following reckless and foolish politicians who don’t know the first thing about, security, high tech or frankly the Constitution.

“The Fourth Amendment means something. So does Apple encryption,” he said. “It must remain forever locked, without back doors, and our security from all threats foreign and domestic.

“We must not trade our liberty for a false sense of security. I stand with Apple, and I encourage you to do the same. Do your own homework and spread the word. Apple is on the right side of history on this issue,” Mr. Beck concluded.

His post has been shared more than 2,000 times.

Mr. Beck’s opinion differs from Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who argued during MSNBC’s town hall Wednesday night that Apple is “absolutely in the wrong” on the issue and that the federal government should “force” the tech giant to comply.

GOP rival Ted Cruz and Ben Carson both agreed that Apple should comply with the order, while Marco Rubio said there’s no “magic solution” on the issue.

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