(The following was originally published in Business Insider.)
John McAfee is running for president as a member of the Libertarian Party. This is an op-ed he wrote and gave us permission to run.
Using an obscure law, written in 1789 – The All Writs Act, the U.S. Government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its IOS software so that the FBI can decrypt information on an an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.
It has finally come to this. After years of arguments by virtually every industry specialist that back doors will be a bigger boon to hackers and to our nation’s enemies than publishing our nuclear codes and giving the keys to all of our military weapons to the Russians and the Chinese, our government has chosen, once again not to listen to the minds that have created the glue that holds this world together.
This is a black day, and the beginning if the end of the US as a world power. The Government has ordered a disarmament of our already ancient cybersecurity and cyber defense systems, and is asking us to take a walk into that near horizon where cyberwar is unquestionably waiting, with nothing more than harsh words as a weapon, and the hope that our enemies will take pity at our unarmed condition and treat us fairly.