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Judge’s order to Apple over attacker phone encryption unlocks privacy concerns

February 18, 2016
Since the San Bernardino attack, the FBI has been trying to read the contents of a cell phone used by attacker Syed Farook, made impossible by encryption. Now Apple CEO Tim Cook is rejecting a federal court order to create software to unlock the device. Gwen Ifill talks to Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, and Nate Cardozo of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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Apple Defends Opposition to Helping FBI Hack Terrorist's Cell Phone

February 18, 2016
Pete Williams | NBC News
A federal judge is ordering the company to help the FBI get into the phone of one of the shooters, but Apple says that would create a backdoor compromising the privacy of millions.
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New Pardon Chief In Obama Justice Department Inherits A Huge Backlog

February 4, 2016
Carrie Johnson | NPR
The Justice Department has named a veteran prosecutor from Philadelphia as the new leader of its pardon office, which is trying to review more than 9,000 petitions in the final year of the Obama presidency.
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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Defends Obama Actions On Gun Control

January 21, 2016
Carrie Johnson | NPR
Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Obama's recent executive actions intended to expand background checks for gun buyers. But Republicans question their usefulness and the motives behind the actions.
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Obama Asks Congress For Help In Overhauling Justice System

January 13, 2016
Carrie Johnson | NPR
There's not much the White House and the Republican-led Congress can agree on this year. President Obama singled out one issue in his State of the Union address: an overhaul for the justice system.
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Baltimore braces as Freddie Gray jury wrestles with a deadlock

December 15, 2015
The jury in the first trial on the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray returned after two days of deliberations to say they are deadlocked. Gray’s fatal injuries while in Baltimore police custody exposed deep cracks in the city’s criminal justice system and sparked protests. Gwen Ifill speaks to Juliet Linderman of the Associated Press about the charges against Officer William Porter.
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San Bernardino Shooters Discussed Jihad in 2013 Before Engagement

December 10, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
FBI Director James Comey said today that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik spoke online about martyrdom but Farook's communications were not being monitored at the time.
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F.B.I. Chief Says Texas Gunman Used Encryption to Text Overseas Terrorist

December 10, 2015
David Sanger, Nicole Perlroth | The New York Times
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said Wednesday that investigators could not read more than 100 text messages exchanged by one of the attackers in a shooting this year in Garland, Tex., because they were encrypted, adding fuel to law enforcement agencies’ contention that they need a way to circumvent commercially available encryption technology.
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