Home Civil Rights & Civil Christianity in America THEY SAID NO! TO THE FBI’s Court Order. Apple CEO Tim Cook, refuses to Unlock San Bernadino Terrorist iPhone. Is this the Fourth Amendment Properly Applied or Obstruction of Justice?

THEY SAID NO! TO THE FBI’s Court Order. Apple CEO Tim Cook, refuses to Unlock San Bernadino Terrorist iPhone. Is this the Fourth Amendment Properly Applied or Obstruction of Justice?


LISTEN NOW! Apple is not only one of the biggest companies in the tech industry, it is also one of the biggest companies in the United States. Considering their impact, they are also receiving particular attention from the Federal Government. One of the terrorists from the San Bernardino shooting in California, Syed Rizwan Farook, owned an Apple iPhone, and now the Federal Government wants to know what was on it. After issuing a search warrant for this specific phone, authorities have encountered the password protection that is keeping them out. After submitting the request to Apple to hack the phone, Apple is refusing.

After Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, rejected the request, he shared his perspective to the public by stating, “Building a version of the IOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.” It is this opposition, from technology, that hinders investigations for authorities. James Comey, FBI Director, stated, “Encryption is a major problem for law enforcement who find a device that can’t be opened even when a judge says there is probable cause to open it.” He continues, “Our job is to look at a hay stack, the size of this country, for needles that are increasingly invisible to us because of end-to-end encryption.”


Make no mistake about it, the shooters involved in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, were in fact terrorists. There are also individuals that supplied and guided Farook in the events that unfolded in San Bernardino. There are so many negative narratives existing today that we seemed to have lost sight of the Constitution. If a proper search warrant has been presented to a judge for a particular piece of evidence that presents probable cause, this is within the lines of the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”


When CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz about this matter, he made his statements based on what the Constitution states. Understanding Apple’s concern for their global customers is legitimate, but according to Cruz, it is law enforcement that has the “better argument”. Cruz stated, “This concerns one of the phones of the San Bernardino hackers; and for law enforcement to get a judicial search order, that is consistent with the fourth amendment. That’s how the Bill of Rights operates. To say, Apple open this phone. Not Anderson’s phone, not everyone’s here. Open this phone.”


We must understand fully the rights that are afforded in our country and know when these rights and freedoms are accurately being abided by with all authorities. The more control that we give up, the more freedom that we give up also. Watch the full report to see what is taking place and be informed to understand more about your rights, and so much more. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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