Barr asks Apple to unlock iPhones of Pensacola gunman

New York Times:

Attorney General William P. Barr declared on Monday that a deadly shooting last month at a naval air station in Pensacola, Fla., was an act of terrorism, and he asked Apple in an unusually high-profile request to provide access to two phones used by the gunman.

Mr. Barr’s appeal was an escalation of an ongoing fight between the Justice Department and Apple pitting personal privacy against public safety.

“This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that the public be able to get access to digital evidence,” Mr. Barr said, calling on Apple and other technology companies to find a solution and complaining that Apple has provided no “substantive assistance.”

Regardless of CEO Cook’s seemingly (even if out of necessity) chummy relationship with President Trump, Apple’s response to this will likely be the same as it was in a similar case in 2016 – Apple will tell the government to go pound sand.