March 27, 2016

THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HAS NEVER BEEN EXACTLY PRO-LIBERTY: Black caucus treads carefully into Apple-FBI fight.

The Congressional Black Caucus is taking a cautious stance in the fight between Apple and the FBI over a locked iPhone even as prominent civil rights groups rush to back the tech giant.

“We have not taken a position on it,” Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) told The Hill this week.

The case has raised significant civil rights concerns, and other prominent African-American leaders and Black Lives Matter supporters are lining up behind Apple in its defiance of an FBI court order directing it to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Those activists say an FBI win would set off a slippery slope of intrusive government data requests that would most directly affect minorities and political activists.

But the CBC says it has no plans to issue a letter or statement similarly siding with Apple.

Indeed, it has pretty consistently sided with increased government power.

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