Seminole, FL – Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) has introduced legislation that would restrict taxpayer funding for Apple at a time when the California tech giant refuses to cooperate with law enforcement in an investigation of terrorism on American soil.
Specifically, the No Taxpayer Support for Apple Act (H.R. 4663) would forbid federal agencies from buying Apple products until Apple provides law enforcement with the technical support necessary to access encrypted information sought by a warrant that may be materially relevant to the commission of terrorist acts. Jolly blasted Apple leadership at a congressional hearing last week for rejecting a court order to unlock the phone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of two ISIS loyalists who killed 14 Americans in San Bernardino, Calif. late last year.
“Taxpayers should not be subsidizing a company that refuses to cooperate in a terror investigation that left 14 Americans dead on American soil,” Jolly said.
Jolly said Apple’s failure to comply with law enforcement means additional information could be out there that has already contributed or could contribute to other incidents of terrorism.
“This is an order to cooperate in preventing the deletion of evidence on a single phone of a terrorist murderer who pledged allegiance to ISIS – nothing more,” Jolly said. “According to the FBI Director, this phone likely contains communications preceding the terrorist attack, including potential calls and messages with fellow terrorists with whom he coordinated. It also would allow law enforcement visibility into the killer’s activity for a period of 18 minutes following the attack that the FBI is currently unable to piece together.” “Who did the terrorist talk to? Who did he message with? Did he go to a safe house? Is there information on the phone that might prevent a future attack on U.S. soil? Following the horrific events of September 11, 2001, every citizen and every company was willing to do whatever it took to side with law enforcement and defeat terror. It’s time Apple shows that same conviction to further protect our nation today,” Jolly said.
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