“Some family members of victims and survivors of the San Bernardino attack will file court papers in support of a judge’s order that Apple Inc. help the FBI hack into a locked iPhone as part of its investigation, a lawyer and others say,” Tami Abdollah and Amanda Lee Myers report for The Associated Press. “A Los Angeles attorney, Stephen Larson, said he represents at least several families of victims and other employees affected by the attack. He said the U.S. Attorney in the case, Eileen Decker, sought his help.”
“Robert Velasco, whose 27-year-old daughter Yvette Velasco was killed in the shooting, told The Associated Press that he didn’t have to think long before agreeing to have his name added to the legal filing in support of the FBI. ‘It is important to me to have my name in there,” Velasco said. “I lost my daughter in this and I want the court to see that I am seeking justice for my daughter… The only way to find out is to open up that phone and get in there. A lot of the families of the victims, we’re kind of angry and confused as to why Apple is refusing to do this,'” Abdollah and Myers report. “The appeal from victims’ family members gives the Justice Department additional support in a case that has sparked a national debate over digital privacy rights and national security interests. ”
“On Tuesday, former Solicitor General Ted Olson, who is representing Apple, said the company has invested heavily to design a secure phone and that if Apple submits to the government pressure in this instance, ‘it will happen again and again and again.’ Olson served as the government’s top lawyer before the Supreme Court during the administration of President George W. Bush,” Abdollah and Myers report. “Gregory Clayborn, whose 27-year-old daughter, Sierra, died in the attack, said he hasn’t been asked to join the case but believes Apple is obligated to unlock the phone. ‘This makes me a little bit angry with Apple,’ Clayborn said. ‘It makes me question their interest in the safety of this country.’ Clayborn said he understands Apple’s concerns, but unlocking one phone for the FBI, he said, is ‘as simple as it gets.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: The lack of the ability to think critically is somewhat understandable from these emotional family members, but they need to take a step back and see the forest for the trees.
The U.S. government specifically chose this case in order to play on your emotions. Don’t let the government use you as a pawn.
The family members of the San Bernadino terrorism victims should be incensed that the U.S. federal government is using those tragic deaths in a despicable ploy to sway a confused portion of the public to support the trampling of their rights.
Those who wrongheadedly agree with these disingenuous government hacks need to realize that they are working to deliver exactly what the terrorists wanted to achieve with their murderous rampage. Aiding the murderous jihadists isn’t a proper way to memorialize stricken family members.
Don’t be blind. Don’t be stupid. Don’t be weak.
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! – Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
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