U.S. Congressman MIKE POMPEO, Representing the 4th District of Kansas

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Pompeo on Apple CEO’s Refusal to Allow FBI Access to San Bernardino Attacker’s iPhone

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Washington, February 18, 2016 | comments

February 18, 2016
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Pompeo on Apple CEO’s Refusal to Allow FBI Access to San Bernardino Attacker’s iPhone 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) today made the following statement regarding Apple CEO Timothy Cook’s refusal to allow the FBI access to an iPhone used by one of the two attackers who killed 14 Americans in San Bernardino, California in December.

“Tim Cook should not stand in the way of the FBI’s investigation into a dead ISIS terrorist, who has the blood of 14 innocent Americans on his hands,” said Pompeo, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  “His decision to disregard national security interests by refusing a federal order to allow the FBI access to Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone is a decision to hinder the investigation into the deadliest domestic terror attack since 9/11.  This disappointing behavior is certainly not reflective of the innovative and successful Apple that I and many Americans know.  To protect Americans, our law enforcement officials need to know if Farook and his wife were planning other attacks, what support they received, and if there are other terrorists located in the U.S.”

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