There’s been a recent attempt to rebadge the ongoing war¬†against encryption as a war on terrorism, but few people realize that there’s a backlog of cases in which prosecutors are drooling over access to encrypted iPhones.

[Manhattan district attorney Cyrus ] Vance told Rose he had 175 iPhones waiting for the outcome of this case.

I’m sure there will be a lot more than that.

But as they say, it’s about the terrorists in San Bernardino. Right?

I’ve long been fascinated by a phenomenon called “mission creep.” Laws are passed or exceptions are made to enable going after terrorists, and they end up being used against accused drug dealers, “money launderers” (meaning people who have a lot of cash), people accused of “piracy” (meaning the sharing of digital information), or anyone accused of any crime.

Some of the things that are felonies amaze me. I think they would have amazed Orwell.

Did you know that in Michigan (and probably in many other states), it is actually a crime to possess too many cigarettes, or too much tobacco?

Oh yes:

(3) A person who possesses, acquires, transports, or offers for sale contrary to this act 3,000 or more cigarettes, tobacco products other than cigarettes with an aggregate wholesale price of $250.00 or more, 3,000 or more counterfeit cigarettes, 3,000 or more counterfeit cigarette papers, 3,000 or more gray market cigarettes, or 3,000 or more gray market cigarette papers is guilty of a felony, punishable by a fine of not more than $50,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or both.

3000 cigarettes is 15 cartons. So, if for whatever reason I might decide tobacco is worth hoarding (or storing as gifts for smoker friends), and I run around and buy cartons, at the point I buy too many, I become a felon.

I’d think it was funny if it weren’t so sick. A legal product becomes illegal in larger quantities, simply because the ruling class thinks that such a law will make it easier to nab black market cigarette dealers. Like banning guns or cell phones because some people use them to commit crimes.

Then I read about so-called “computer porn dogs.” ¬†I wondered, how could a dog be trained to actually smell computer porn (as opposed to any other form of digital data)?

It turns out that they can’t. The hysteria headlines are designed to mislead the stupid people into thinking that dogs have some magic abilities they do not have. What dogs can do, however, is smell storage devices. Like these:

 

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Look at the picture very carefully, because that is what government prosecutors and their pliant media operatives are trying (with a straight face) to maintain is evidence of crime. Never mind that there are few homes in America that don’t have the above devices.

What matters is that we are all criminal suspects. What matters is that dogs can be trained to smell the above “devices” in any of our homes, and that these “devices” are “commonly used by perpetrators.”

I’d hate this country if I actually thought that its rulers and their media sycophants actually were the country.

But I’m glad they’re not.