I have the overwhelming urge to swear, repeatedly and ferociously, at and about Shawn after reading this.
I can't because I haven't signed out of my account on this webpage and my future employers probably read Techdirt and they're all pig fucking cocksucking fuckwad shit-eating douche bags. Those fuckers.
1) Relatively few people affected 2) disproportionate effect on media and the conversation publicly 3) lightning rod to point out fuckery among politicians (AGs and lobbyists instead of Chris Christie, but still...)
What this tells me is that at some point, just like desktop OS, encryption will be wrested away from the manufacturer and be a user-initiated and controlled tool. An open-source adaptation of luks for phones or something similar would remove the ability for the Feds to force phone manufacturers into this situation.