Apple, Other Silicon Valley Companies to Meet With White House Over Online Terrorism Recruitment

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Apple LogoRepresentatives from Apple and other Silicon Valley companies will meet with White House officials and U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials tomorrow to discuss how to counter the use of social media to recruit new members by terrorist groups like ISIS, reports Reuters.

Invited participants include White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, presidential counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, one of the sources said.

The meeting will focus on how the White House and law enforcement can make it harder for terrorists to use the Internet to recruit and mobilize followers, create and amplify alternative content to undercut ISIS, and how to use technology to disrupt paths to radicalization and make it more difficult for terrorists to use social media, according to a copy of the agenda obtained by The Guardian. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Dropbox and Microsoft are some of the other companies that will attend the meeting.

After the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the government has argued that technology companies should be doing more to aid in the fight against terrorist groups, noting that many members use social media and messaging apps to recruit new members and mobilize them. Apple CEO Tim Cook has long maintained that allowing a back-door in any encryption for law enforcement also opens the door for "bad guys" too.

While Reuters says that most Silicon Valley companies will send high-ranking executives rather than their CEOs, BuzzFeed News reports that Tim Cook will be in attendance at the meeting. Last February, Cook spoke at the White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection. In 2013, he and other tech executives met with President Obama over NSA surveillance and the government health care website.

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63 months ago
What does Apple have to do with social media? WH, FBI, NSA ,etc just want back-doors because they suck at their jobs. "Intelligence" these days is just for blackmail and not for actual crime fighting.
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63 months ago

Oh man, who gets to decide who is a terrorist?

According to the main stream liberal media, White American men in Oregon are the new terrorists. So we know what this is really all about: taking away our rights. Especially our right to bear arms and our right to free speech and our right to assemble.
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In the end no matter how many limitations or back doors they try to close or open, the bad guys will just find another way.

Why restrict the rest of us (as in jeopardize privacy over security). Apple has said in the past backdoors for government eventually become backdoors exploits for everyone else.

Because that's their true objective - to control us.
[doublepost=1452232487][/doublepost]This is all about turning the masses into raceless, sexless drones who can be easily controlled like cattle. "Terrorism" has been a psychological operation of demoralization to break us down into malleable gimps which can be reformed into communist serfs who believe we are all "equal". Meanwhile they rule over us and siphon off the fruits of our labor.
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63 months ago
Nothing good can come of this!
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63 months ago
"Those who would give up essential ('https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Essential') Liberty ('https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Liberty'), to purchase a little temporary Safety ('https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Safety'), deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - B. Franklin, 1755

There is a three phase way that those that want to enslave us do so, and it has been seen in many cases:
1. The first generation accepts the selling of their freedom as a "necessary evil, and it doesn't really affect me."
2. The second generation understands the need for their freedom being lost, as they never had it, and their parents are the ones that gave it away.
3. The third generation demands that someone takes care of the thing that their grandparents gave away, citing that no one could ever live without that protection, even when that protection is inadequate, oppressive, or tyrannical.
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63 months ago
RIP 4th amendment.
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63 months ago
Oh man, who gets to decide who is a terrorist?
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