FBI director says they “owe it to victims” to try to access shooter’s phone

James Comey
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee. With extremists finding fertile ground for recruitment online, the White House is dispatching top national security officials to Silicon Valley to seek the tech industry's help in disrupting the Islamic State group and other terrorists. At a high-level session on Jan. 8, 2016, leaders from major technology and Internet companies will discuss ways to use technology to stop terrorists from radicalizing people online and spurring them to violence, according to a meeting agenda obtained by The Associated Press. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are slated to attend. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – FBI Director James Comey says the agency owes it to the victims of the San Bernardino terror attacks to try to gain access to a cell phone used by one of the gunmen.

In a message posted Sunday night on the Lawfare blog, Comey said the FBI “can’t look the survivors in the eye, or ourselves in the mirror, if we don’t follow this lead.”

The comments come five days after a federal magistrate in California ordered Apple to help hack into an iPhone used by Syed Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in the December attacks.

Comey said the court case “isn’t about trying to set a precedent” but is instead about doing justice for the victims.

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