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Pensacola shooter linked to al-Qaeda

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/18/20, 01:45 pm

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani communicated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the months leading up to his shooting rampage at a Florida military base that killed three American sailors. U.S. officials said Monday that the Saudi air force officer had been radicalized for at least five years and meticulously planned his Dec. 6, 2019, attack on Naval Air Station Pensacola.

How did the FBI get this new information? The agency broke the encryption on cellphones that Alshamrani tried to destroy before sheriff’s deputies killed him in a shootout. The agents found contact between Alshamrani and al-Qaeda operatives, along with a will explaining his motive that matched a document al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released taking responsibility for the attack. U.S. Attorney General William Barr criticized the tech company Apple for not helping the FBI unlock the phones.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report on the attack in Globe Trot.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Mon, 05/18/2020 04:00 pm

    My phone hears conversations I have with my husband, and offers me ads it is sure I'll be interested in, based on our very trivial subject matter. I find it hard to believe Apple couldn't "help" unlock the phone of a terrorist. Maybe Barr could do more than criticize Apple and press charges for obstruction of justice.


  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 05/18/2020 05:01 pm

    The same thing happens to my wife and I!  It sure seems wrong for Apple to spy on us and "harvest" information for commercial purposes, but refuse to help stop terrorists. 

    Although Apple refused to help the US FBI, they are perfectly willing to go along with the Communist government of China, helping block things the Chinese dictatorship doesn't want their people to see.

    More and more I think about ditching anything Apple might profit from.  Another reason is the anti-Christian pro-gay positions of the CEO.