We Could Not Look the Survivors in the Eye if We Did Not Follow this Lead

FBI Director James Comey’s post on the oddly-named Lawfare blog:

The San Bernardino litigation isn’t about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message.

This is disingenuous at best. Given that Tim Cook directly addressed the issue in his open letter, “Rather than asking for legislative action through Congress, the FBI is proposing an unprecedented use of the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority,” and the New York Times reported that Apple had initially requested that the request be kept under seal, it seems pretty clear that FBI Director Comey is deliberately picking a public fight.

The whole piece is an appeal to emotion, starting from the second sentence:

It is about the victims and justice. Fourteen people were slaughtered and many more had their lives and bodies ruined.

And nothing in the remainder is more honest or less manipulative than the opening lines.

You could see this coming years ago. He and other authorities have just been looking for an excuse, choosing the time and battleground for the confrontation.