The FBI’s controversial decision to hack into the phone of the San Bernardino shooter last year has many 4th Amendment proponents worried.
When Apple Computers refused to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone to aid the FBI in their investigation of the terror incident, the bureau was forced to resort to hiring a secretive hacking collective to get their answers. Now, as the details of that transaction are made public, the FBI has heavily censored the reports, leading many to believe that no new information can even be gleaned from the documents.
“The FBI has released 100 pages of heavily censored documents related to its agreement with an unidentified vendor to hack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, but it did not identify whom it paid to perform the work or how much it cost.
“The records were provided Friday in response to a federal lawsuit filed against the FBI by The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, the parent company of USA Today.
“The media organizations sued in September to learn how much the FBI paid and who it hired to break into the phone of Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people at a holiday gathering of county workers in December 2015. The FBI for weeks had maintained that only Apple Inc. could access the information on its phone, which was protected by encryption, but ultimately broke or bypassed Apple’s digital locks with the help of an unnamed third party.
“The FBI, in its records release Friday, censored critical details that would have shown how much the FBI paid, whom it hired and how it opened the phone. The files had been marked “secret” before they were turned over under the lawsuit.”
The FBI has moved increasingly further away from operating for the good of the American people in recent years, with their refusal to charge Hillary Clinton with any sort of crime in her private email scandal being the crown jewel of their incompetence.
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