FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday there will be more U.S. government litigation over accessing electronic devices and said encryption is "essential tradecraft" of terrorist groups, such as Islamic State. Comey indicated that the debate involving both legal and privacy issues over whether the federal government can compel tech companies to unlock personal devices in the interest of national security is far from over in a briefing with reporters at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Justice Department unlocked the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters in March using a tool created by an unidentified contractor after Apple Inc refused to bypass the device's encryption features on grounds it could undermine security for all users.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives could not agree to the latest Republican bill on Puerto Rico's debt crisis, but the two sides should be able to produce a deal within a few days, the top House Democrat said on Wednesday. "We were disappointed that the bill we saw yesterday wasn't something we could support, and so another few days of back and forth I think will produce something that we can take to the floor," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trayvon Martin has often been in the thoughts of playwright and activist Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj in the four years since the 17-year-old unarmed black boy was shot and killed after a confrontation with neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.