FBI ‘Made Mistake’ on Shooter’s iPhone

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The FBI acknowledged Tuesday that the agency lost the ability to obtain data from a San Bernardino mass killing suspect’s iPhone when someone ordered that its cloud password be reset shortly after the December rampage.

“There was a mistake made in the 24 hours after the attack,” FBI Director James Comey told members of a House judiciary committee.

Testifying about the encryption battle with Apple, Comey called the company a “vicious guard dog” that is hurting national security, arguing that the agency’s job to keep Americans safe was hindered by Apple’s refusal to unlock the iPhone.

“If there are warrant-proof spaces in American life, what does it mean? What are the costs?” he said. However,

he also conceded that forcing Apple to unlock the phone would be “potentially precedential.”

Apple’s general counsel, Bruce Sewell, told the panel that “encryption is a good thing,” despite the problem it caused for law enforcement. “This is not about the San Bernardino case,” he said, “This is about the safety and security of every iPhone that is in use today.” Read more.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com}


  1. This particular iPhone was used by terrorists who slaughtered fourteen innocents. The phone may contain information about their handler (if one existed), co-conspirators (if any existed), future plots, potential targets and who knows what else. The phone may also contain nothing of value to the FBI.
    Here’s my question and it’s not rhetorical: Does a threshold exist where crossing it would compel Apple to unlock the phone? How about if there was a hostage situation? Another 9/11 scale plot? A dirty bomb being built? G-d forbid a nuke being smuggled into the country or constructed here? When, if ever, would Apple assist law enforcement?

  2. Don’t be a fool. FBI using this as an excuse to unlock the door to all of our phones and other encrypted devices.


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