Why San Bernardino Survivors Are Divided on Apple’s Stance

Among those debating Apple's stance against the Justice Department are a handful of people who know from experience what it is like to have a terrorist's gun aimed at them or their loved ones.

For some, Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone and what it could reveal beyond its locked pass code is a valuable puzzle piece in the FBI's investigation. A failure to pursue that data, they say, could hinder their chance at closure.

"Let's see how you feel when it affects you," Ryan Reyes, whose boyfriend was killed in the San Bernardino massacre [Dec. 2, 2015] at the Inland Regional Center, said Monday.

Reyes went nearly 24 hours with conflicting reports about the fate of Daniel Kaufman. When the truth emerged about his companion of three years, Reyes wept in his kitchen while news of the mass shooting flashed across his television.

He now finds it disrespectful that the shooting has been folded into discussions of consumer privacy and believes that Apple has dished out what feels like an insult to the victims.

Supportive of Apple's resistance at first, Reyes believes the federal court order should have ended the dispute. Those who disagree do so, he said, "because they've never had something like this happen to them. But as a fellow human being, you should be more focused on 'Are my bookmarked cat videos more important than finding out what it is that could keep myself or a family member safe?'"

If another similar attack happened, he wonders whether people would still put privacy above justice.

The director of the FBI contends that the agency has simply requested a chance at guessing Farook's pass code "without the phone essentially self-destructing and without it taking a decade to guess correctly" and has no intention of setting a master key "loose on the land."

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