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Pompeo not among those applauding Apple CEO

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Privacy advocates and some conservative commentators are applauding Apple CEO Tim Cook’s refusal to create software to circumvent the security system on the iPhone. The FBI wants such software so it can access the phone of one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino shooting, but Cook worries that it could be misused by the government or others. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, argues that law enforcement needs access to the phone to know what support the terrorists received and if there are other terrorists located in the United States. “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,” Pompeo said in a statement. – Phillip Brownlee