Re: That is what laws and courts do.
I still don't understand what "freedom" has to do with it.
I think people are starting to mightily confuse things, disingeniously (Apple and its iPhans) or not (appreciators of freedom from the Omnipotent Government and opponents to unreasonable searches and seizures)
It is an open court decision, not a secret agency backdooring action, or plausibly deniable executive order from White House. It isn't even an UK-style "order to self-incriminate", forcing one to hand out encryption keys.
One can even appeal.
You know, in the olden days, court orders may be issued and mystery boxes might appear on the Main Distribution Frames in the phone company building. That had nothing to do with chilling effects, enabling Russia or China (evil bugbears) or involving constitutional problems. Yes, there are abuses. Thus, vigilance.
We have seen some utter crap in the last 20 years and many people now in powerful places or on Sunday morning TV should be hanged till dead for that crap, but this isn't in that set.
And how exactly do you, under the US Constitution, force programmers to write software
Am I in an Orlowski article? What does the US Constitution and forced programming have to do with it? Here's your answer:
1) Hire programmer
2) Transfer $$$ (duly taxed)
4) Program written!