CLASH POLL: Should Apple Give TX Cops Access To TX Church Shooter’s iPhone?

Written by K. Walker on November 18, 2017

Is this a no-brainer, or not as simple as it seems?

We know that the Air Force failed to register Devin Kelly as guilty of domestic abuse that would have appeared on background checks.

That’s strike one for the government.


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Do we want to open the door to more potential governmental failures?

Or do we need answers?

The police in Sutherland Springs, Texas have issued a warrant to gain access to Kelley’s iCould account and unlock his iPhone that was found at the scene of the crime.

Texas cops have served Apple a search warrant to gain access to the church gunman’s iCloud account and the iPhone that was found on his body after the massacre.

Rangers served legal papers to the tech giant in a bid to look at any files Devin Patrick Kelley may have downloaded or saved in the build-up to the November 5 shooting spree in Sutherland Springs that left 26 people.

The warrant was obtained by the Rangers on November 9, four days after the shootings, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The Texas Rangers’ search warrant request included a photograph of Kelley’s silver-and-white iPhone, which is marked with numerous blood stains.
Source: Daily Mail

Some say that this is an easy decision — Devin Kelley killed a whole bunch of people and we need access to his iPhone to make sure that he was acting alone.

Others say that this is a ‘slippery slope’ by having the government override privacy rights and force a private company to disclose customer information.

Where do you fall on this?

This big question was asked last year during the investigation of the 2015 San Bernardino shooting. The Obama Justice Department wanted Apple to create software to disable password security on the iPhone of Rizwan Farook, one of the two killers. Apple fought back saying that the move would decrease cybersecurity for everyone and that it was a huge government overreach.

Eventually, the Justice Department was able to unlock Farook’s phone with assistance from a third party.

What do you think?

If you commit a massacre like this is it the right of the investigators to infringe upon some of your rights?

Or are privacy rights something that shouldn’t be infringed upon by the government at any time?

Think carefully about this one.

My two cents: This sick bastard killed a lot of people. In this age of terror, we need to make absolutely certain that he was acting alone. We need to make sure that there were no accomplices. And we need to definitively determine what the motive was. Having access to his iPhone and iCloud account would help that immensely. He’s not a ‘suspect’. He committed this act. He was caught trying to flee, and there were witnesses. This isn’t the government pointing a finger at someone who may or may not have committed a mass murder — they know it was him. Apple should hand over the info.

Thank God that Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff were badass enough to chase after Kelley.

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The men and women in law enforcement that serve and protect us are commendable, but the response time means that they don’t get there when the bullets are flying.

Are you willing to wait 20 minutes for the police to show up?

It’s an issue that needs to be discussed within our churches and addressed by our church leaders.

We need some righteous badassery in the church to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our brothers and sisters in Christ from the preventable evil in this world.

We need to Obey Jesus.

Including what he said in Luke 22:36.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, occasional Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll


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