Monday, March 21, 2016

Interesting. He not only chickened out on the suicide bombing bit, now he is ratting out other terrorists? We need to bottle whatever he's been drinking. Although I would be surprised if he knew much.
Captured Paris attack suspect 'worth weight in gold' to police: lawyer
The only suspected participant in Nov. 13 Paris attacks to be captured alive has been cooperating with police investigators and is "worth his weight in gold", his lawyer said on Monday.
… French investigator Francois Molins told a news conference in Paris on Saturday Abdeslam had admitted to investigators he had wanted to blow himself up along with others at the Stade de France on the night of the attack claimed by Islamic State; but he later backed out.
Abdeslam's lawyer Sven Mary said he would sue Molins for making the comment public, calling it a violation of judicial confidentiality.
Mary said Abdeslam was now fully cooperating with investigators.
… Belgian prosecutors said in a statement they were looking for Najim Laachraoui, 25, using the false name of Soufiane Kayal. His DNA had been found in houses in Belgium used by the Paris attackers. [I wonder how they knew whose DNA it was? Bob]

Interesting. Should be “interesting times” tomorrow.
Tim Cook, Meet Aaron Burr: Why The Encryption Fight Is As Old As The Constitution
Midway through its latest brief arguing why Apple needs to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, the U.S. Justice Dept. cites a surprising case: U.S. v. Burr, the 1807 prosecution of Aaron Burr for treason.
According to the lawyers at Justice, none other than Chief Justice John Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in that case that Burr’s clerk, identified only as Willie, must decrypt a coded letter Burr sent to one of his accomplices.
Not so, says Apple: Marshall only ordered Willie to say whether he understood the contents of the letter. And even that would be heading down the slippery slope toward self-incrimination, Burr’s lawyers argued at the time. Though the initial question “may be an innocent one,” one lawyer said, “yet the counsel for the prosecution might go on gradually from one question to another, until he at last obtained matter enough to criminate him.”

(Related) Never say no to a politician? In short, everything was buddy-buddy until the government wanted something Apple would not give them.
The Behind-the-Scenes Fight Between Apple and the FBI
Obama administration officials and Apple initially shared some common ground on data encryption. Then terrorists struck in San Bernardino, and everything changed.

Scott Greenfield writes:
Near as I can tell, the first person to pick up on footnote 9 in the government’s response to Apple was Marcy Wheeler a Empty Wheel.
DOJ has submitted its response to Apple in the Syed Farook case. Amid invocations of a bunch of ominous precedents — including Dick Cheney’s successful effort to hide his energy task force, Alberto Gonzales effort to use kiddie porn as an excuse to get a subset of all of Google’s web searches, and Aaron Burr’s use of encryption — it included this footnote explaining why it hadn’t just asked for Apple’s source code.