U.S. Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich says the FBI's request for help from Apple regarding the investigation of the San Bernardino shooters 'is not government overreach'. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich joined a chorus of prominent members of his party on Wednesday (February 17), as he criticized Apple Inc for opposing a government request for help hacking into an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers. "I don't think it's an example of government overreach to say that we had terrorists here on our soil and we got to understand more detail about who they may have been communicating with," he told reporters on the sidelines of a campaign event in Bluffton, South Carolina. "But this all gets down to the issue of encryption with the back door access, and if one group gets back door access, does another group get back door access?" Kasich added. "I actually believe in talking to people who are experts in this field, that there are answers but they're not to be discussed in public." The technology giant Apple late on Tuesday said it was opposing a court order to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation break into an iPhone that belonged to the male shooter, Rizwan Farook, before the deadly Dec. 2 attacks in San Bernardino, California. Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the demand threatened the security of Apple's customers. However, Republicans have said that the issue is tough but important to boosting national security.