The Obama Justice Department started with the “easy” case: demanding Apple back door its operating system to investigate a terrorist. But now they’ve expanded that with a dozen more cases, revealing that this is actually just the Barack Obama / James Comey push against privacy through strong encryption.

But today Apple won a round in court. Here’s how.

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As I discussed previously, the Obama FBI and DOJ are entirely in the wrong here. The law they’re basing their case on only makes sense if you cut it off halfway, reading only the words that are convenient while ignoring the rest.

It turns out federal Magistrate James Orenstein agrees. Quoth CNN:

The U.S. government’s argument doesn’t justify “imposing on Apple the obligation to assist the government’s investigation against its will,” the judge wrote.

“[T]he question to be answered in this matter, and in others like it across the country, is not whether the government should be able to force Apple to help it unlock a specific device,” Orenstein wrote. “[I]t is instead whether the All Writs Act resolves that issue and many others like it yet to come. … I conclude that it does not.”

This is just one lower court ruling, but hopefully it’s the start of a trend.