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'The Founders would be appalled': Apple says DOJ's request to unlock terrorist's iPhone is forbidden by the Constitution
America's founding fathers 'would be appalled' by the Department of Justice request to unlock an encrypted iPhone, Apple said on Tuesday in its final brief before a court showdown next week.
The tech giant is fighting a court order obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last month.
The order requiring Apple to write new software and take other measures to disable passcode protection and allow access to San Bernardino shooter Rizwan Farook's iPhone.
Ahead of the face off in federal court in Southern California on March 22, Apple urged the court to reject the FBI request on the ground it is forbidden by the Constitution.
The firm stuck to its argument that the FBI was overstepping legal bounds by using an All Writs Act to compel the company to help break an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the December terror attack in San Bernardino, California.
'The government attempts to rewrite history by portraying the Act as an all-powerful magic wand rather than the limited procedural tool it is,' Apple attorneys said in the filing.
'Thus, according to the government, short of kidnapping or breaking an express law, the courts can order private parties to do virtually anything the Justice Department and FBI can dream up.
'The founders would be appalled.'
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