Hillary Clinton weighs in on Apple’s FBI standoff. Kind of.


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Clinton had no-so strong words for followers of the current privacy debate.
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Other than a lasting love of Wall Street, Hillary Clinton’s poll-driven opinions on hot-button issues change as often as most people change their underwear.

But saying whatever the popular opinion is poses a problem when, as with Apple’s current privacy vs. “national security” standoff with the government, people voters are undecided on the issue. What do you do when someone asks you about it on the campaign trail, then?

If you’re the possible future POTUS, you take the bull by the horns and, well, offer an opinion that’s about as inoffensively middle-of-the-road as a Coldplay song in a wallpaper commercial.

Hey, at least iOS will keep those Wall Street transcripts safe and sound. Photo: U.S. Department of State
Hey, at least iOS will keep those Wall Street transcripts safe and sound. Photo: U.S. Department of State

Speaking in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Clinton said: “There has got to be some way to avoid breaking data encryption and opening the door to a lot of bad actors. But there has to be some way to follow up on criminal activity and prevent crimes and terrorism.”


Describing the complexity of the issue by saying that, “I am someone who is just feeling like I am in the middle of the worst dilemma ever,” Clinton basically offered a perspective that was calculated to offend the least number of people possible.

I am in no way supportive of Donald Trump in the upcoming election but, seriously, at least he offers his real opinion on what is a crucially-important issue. It’s a lot easier to argue against that than it is this kind of banal platitude.

Clinton finished by saying that, “[This is] a problem we’ve got to come up with some way to solve. And I am not expert in any way to tell you how to do it.”

Source: Bloomberg


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