Apple Inc and the FBI returned to Washington to testify before lawmakers about their heated disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices.
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The U.S. has redoubled its efforts to use the courts to force Apple's cooperation in cracking encrypted iPhones.
"Apple is not a demon. I hope people don't perceive the FBI as a demon."
The U.S. is continuing to push Apple and other tech companies to help law enforcement circumvent encryption.
The case is the latest in the battle over privacy between the tech giant and law enforcement.
"It's a bit of a technological corner case, because the world has moved on to 6's," FBI Director James Comey says.
The decision to neither endorse nor oppose the legislation stems in part from ongoing divisions among various federal agencies over encryption.
The bureau may be allowed to withhold how it cracked an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.
The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service all invoked the All Writs Act.
There are three main questions that still linger, even after the FBI managed to crack an iPhone.
Richard Clarke tells NPR the iPhone could already be cracked by NSA, FBI and Justice Department are solely in it to set legal precedent.
"In 30 years of practice I don't think I've seen a legal brief that was more intended to smear the other side with false accusations and innuendo."
Apple alone can remove those barriers so that the FBI can search the phone, and it can do so without undue burden, the DoJ filing says.
The companies will contest government arguments that the All Writs Act compels Apple to comply with its request.
The access to the iPhone was sought months before the San Bernardino, California case.