Monday, May 18, 2020

FBI gets into terrorist's phones

The Saudi trainee who killed three American sailors and wounded  others in a terror attack in December 2019 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., was in touch with al Qaeda before the attack and well before coming to Pensacola. U.S. investigators uncovered the al Qaeda connection after the FBI broke through the encryption protecting the Saudi attacker's iPhones. Attorney General William Barr discussed the new findings at a news conference Monday. The terrorist, a lieutensnt in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was training to be a pilot, was killed by law enforcement during the attack. Saudi flight students were grounded after the attack, but resumed in February. In the shooting probe, investigators had been stymied by Apple's refusal to help investigators gain access to the terrorist's phone. The government has complained that stronger encryption, without the ability of law enforcement to get court-ordered access to data, endangers the public. (Source: GCAC, 05/18/20) Previous