San Bernardino Victims Join The Fight Against Apple Inc.

Apple Inc. might have gotten the support of a few Silicon Valley giants, but some of the victims of the San Bernardino attack are against the company. They have decided to file a legal brief in support of the U.S. government in an attempt to pressure the iPhone firm to help the FBI unlock the encrypted phone obtained from one of the shooters, according to a lawyer representing the victims.

San Bernardino Victims Join The Fight Against Apple Inc.

Victims want to know why and how

Speaking to Reuters, Stephen Larson, a former federal judge who is now in private practice, said he is representing victims who have an interest in information that goes beyond the Justice Department’s criminal investigation. They want to know why the terrorists targeted them and how it all took place, said Larson.

Larson said that the Justice Department and local prosecutors contacted him a week ago about representing the victims before the dispute became public. The lawyer shared his plan of filing an amicus brief in the court by early March. A Justice Department spokesman refused to comment on the matter. Larson did not state how many victims he was representing.

A married couple carried out the shooting attack in which 14 were killed and 22 others were wounded. These terrorists, who were shot down police in a gun battle, were said to be inspired by Islamic State militants.

Apple firm on its decision

The FBI intends to access shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone by disabling some of its passcode protections, and for this purpose, it is seeking Apple’s help. With the victims, the federal government has surely got a powerful ally in its fight against Apple. James Comey, FBI Director, released a letter on Sunday night, saying that the agency had made the request for the purpose of seeking justice for the victims and investigating other possible threats.

“Fourteen people were slaughtered and many more had their lives and bodies ruined. We owe them a thorough and professional investigation under law. That’s what this is,” Comey wrote.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to customers last week, “We mourn the loss of life and want justice for all those whose lives were affected” and that the company has “worked hard to support the government’s efforts to solve this horrible crime.”

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has said in its arguments that it is trying to protect public privacy from the federal government’s overreach.

  • henry3dogg

    The FBI chose this case, precisely because it hoped to leverage public sympathy for the relatives of the victims, in the hope of leveraging itself a generic route to replace the loss of its previous illegal mass spying routes that it lost in the aftermath of the Snowdon Fiasco.

  • jake431

    If the FBI (with the NSA and the CIA) manage to force Apple to create a “backdoor” to the iPhone 5c used by Syed Farook in San Bernardino, we will have allowed a terrorist group to accomplish a much greater deed than the killing of 14 and the wounding of 22 other citizens. The possibility of cyber war is far more devastating than any intel derived from that work phone. Please stop this stupidity.

  • Douglas Zieniuk

    It’s not the responsibility of Apple to do the due diligence that should have been taken care of by the county which issued the iPhone. It’s not Apple’s fault that the state made a policy that promotes transparency without gathering the appropriate information first it is not the responsibility of Apple. The responsibility lay in San Bernardino county to have kept records of passwords for phones issued by them. What other point would signing a document have; oh by signing this magical document it automatically gives us the right and ability to magically see into your phone. No privacy is privacy and it must be upheld not for Apples sake this is well beyond Apple. This a perfect example of the short sited government buearocrocy that is running rampant through this country. Do your due diligence from the very beginning of the initial thought not as hind sight. A lot of things are seen in hind sight; however a lot of things are also missed like what this could potentiate. We act for these short sided gains without ever fully understanding what kind of risks we are passing down to future generations. Big business is a huge problem in this country today but in this instance big business’ interests and the interests of the public are pretty well aligned.