Apple pays dearly for staunch privacy stance

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook appears to be in trouble over his repeatedly stated opinion on technology and personal privacy.

Cook has been consistent in his stance on releasing private information of his customers from the San Bernardino shooters in 2015.

On Sunday Cook appeared on “60 Minutes” and his recent presentation backing the right to privacy at an European Union conference. No other US tech CEOs appeared live at this conference.

During his EU presentation, Cook said this: “Today [the private information] trade has exploded into a data industrial complex. Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us with military efficiency,” Cook said at a conference in Brussels on data privacy last week.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and SnapChat among others declined to appear live.

So come Monday two iPhone component suppliers cut sales projections for the upcoming quarter. While neither company named Apple as the reason for the revenue shortfall, Wall Street took Rice to the woodshed taking 5% or roughly $50 billion out of investors pockets.

Apple has said recently it will not breakout individual product sales numbers anymore in it quarterly earnings reports in keeping with other manufacturers.

Now iPhone sales may be slowing as market saturation and the costs for replacement units continue to rise, but the timing of these two events — “60 Minutes” and stock collapse — appear to be a shot across the bow of Apple to tone down the privacy rhetoric.

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Trump’s missed opportunity on ’60 Minutes’

I was a little disappointed with President Trump’s interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday night with Leslie Stahl.

At one point Stahl recited the list of Trump associates cooperating with Special Council Robert Mueller over the Russian collusion case. All the usual suspects were mentioned for actions, with most be cited for actions prior to the campaign.

Although Trump probably could cite name and positions, I wanted to hear him say how many career “law enforcement” officials in Justice Department and FBI who have been “relieved” of duties over their involvement with the Russian dossier.

It was an opportunity to opened plenty of people’s eyes who know very little about what is really going on in the swamp. Let me not be guilty of the same act.

James Comey, Director – FIRED

Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director – FIRED

Jim Rybicki, Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor – FIRED

James Baker, General Counsel – FIRED

Bill Priestap, Director of Counterintelligence (Strzok’s boss) – Cooperating witness [power removed]

Peter Strzok, Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence – FIRED

Lisa Page, Office of General Counsel – FIRED/FORCED

Mike Kortan, Assistant Director for Public Affairs – FIRED

Josh Campbell, Special Assistant to Comey – FIRED

David Laufman, Chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section [NAT SECHRC email invest] – FIRED/FORCE

John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – FIRED/FORCED

Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General & Acting Attorney General – FIRED

Mary McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – FIRED/FORCED

Bruce Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General – Demoted 2x – cooperating witness [power removed] TERMINATION IMMINENT

Trump could have answered by saying:

“Leslie what the American people don’t know because it’s not covered by the liberal news, is that 13 Justice department and FBI officials during the Obama administration have been fired because of their fraudulent actions in perpetuating the Russian collusion case.

These alleged law enforcement officials took a Hillary Clinton campaign oppositional paper and colluded to get a court to allow them to spy on Americans.

Put that out into the airwaves and see where it spreads. It could spur further dissemination of the real conspiracy that took place during and after the 2016 Presidential election.