Is Apple Wrong for Resisting the FBI?

The debate rages on. Apple continues to fight FBI demands to create access to the encrypted iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorist who massacred 14 people in December. Many say Apple is wrong on this one. Dead wrong.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants Apple to write special code so that it can access the contents of the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of two gunmen responsible for the San Bernardino, Calif. shooting. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people and injured numerous others at a holiday party attended by Farook's co-workers on December 2.

The radicalized husband-wife duo were shot and killed by police after a pursuit later that day. Still, authorities want access to Farook's phone, as a matter of national security, to investigate suspected links to other terrorists or planned attacks.

A magistrate judge recently ordered Apple to comply with the request. However, Apple responded by filing a motion to vacate the order, saying that complying with the FBI?EU?s request would weaken a valuable encryption platform at a time when the United States needs stronger and more effective device encryption.

Candidates Back The Feds

Others support the government in the controversy. On the campaign trail, several GOP candidates for president have taken the side of the FBI. Sen. Marco Rubio from Florida said Apple should voluntarily comply.

While removing encryption could theoretically create a backdoor for criminals, it would clearly also help the government protect against criminal and terrorist activity. Candidates John Kasich, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson have expressed similarly qualified support for the FBI in the matter.

"Apple needs to sit down with trustworthy members of the government . . . and hammer out a relationship," said Carson.

Donald Trump has been characteristically blunt in his opposition to Apple?EU?s resistance. "Who do they think they are?" asked...

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