US officials blast Apple for not unlocking Pensacola gunman’s phones

US officials blast Apple for not unlocking Pensacola gunman’s phones

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US officials on Monday announced that data retrieved from the cellphones of a Saudi military trainee who opened fire at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, in 2019 reveals the gunman had longtime ties to the terrorist group, al-Qaeda.

In their announcement, FBI and US Justice Department officials blasted Apple, the maker of the gunman’s phones, for refusing to help them unlock the devices and accused the company of slowing down the investigation.

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The identified gunman, Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani, was fatally shot by authorities after killing three US sailors and injuring eight others at Naval Air Station Pensacola during the December 2019 attack.

As part of the investigation that ensued, investigators obtained court orders to search the dead gunman’s phones, but were not immediately able to gain access to the password-protected devices.

“We received effectively no help from Apple.”

Christopher Wray, FBI, director

“We received effectively no help from Apple,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray, who went on to applaud federal agents for coming up with their own way to break into the phone.

But the monthslong effort “seriously hampered this investigation,” he added.

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In a statement to The World, Apple denied accusations that it didn’t help investigators.

“Apple responded to the FBI’s first requests for information just hours after the attack on December 6, 2019 and continued to support law enforcement during their investigation,” the company said. “We provided every piece of information available to us, including iCloud backups, account information and transactional data for multiple accounts, and we lent continuous and ongoing technical and investigative support to FBI offices in Jacksonville, Pensacola and New York over the months since.”

“The false claims made about our company are an excuse to weaken encryption and other security measures that protect millions of users and our national security.”

Apple has long resisted calls by US and other officials around the globe to change its encryption software and create a backdoor that law enforcement can use to access phone data during investigations. In a 2016 interview with ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook said creating such a tool would be the “software equivalent of cancer.”

“In cases like this, where the user is a terrorist, or in other cases, where the user is a violent criminal, human trafficker, or child predator, Apple’s decision has dangerous consequences for public safety and national security and is, in my judgment, unacceptable.”

US Attorney General William Barr  

“In cases like this, where the user is a terrorist, or in other cases, where the user is a violent criminal, human trafficker, or child predator, Apple’s decision has dangerous consequences for public safety and national security and is, in my judgment, unacceptable,” US Attorney General William Barr said at Monday’s press conference. 

In its statement, Apple said “there is no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys, and the American people do not have to choose between weakening encryption and effective investigations.”

Gucci Mane – Tony Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro]
Honorable Court

[Chorus: Quavo & Gucci Mane]
Ridin’ around in my town, important
Hit me a lick, it’s enormous (Skrrt)
Uh, run with that sack (Run)
They be lookin’ for you in the mornin’ (Hey)
Uh, look at the batch (Batch)
Got the whole world swarmin’ (Uh)
Uh, look at the racks (Woo)
Got the whole world screamin’, “Tony”
I feel like Tony when them shooters shot then ran in his house
Watchin’ the camera with a chopper and a blunt in my mouth
Facin’ a FBI indictment, ain’t no bondin’ me out
I feel like OJ beat a murder ’cause two bodies got found

[Verse 1: Gucci Mane]
And I made my bones in East Atlanta
Started from the bottom like Tony Montana
Yellow black ‘Rari like a yellow bandana
Crazy young niggas that’ll kill you on camera
Gucci Mane got plenty ammo
Y’all gon’ need so many candles
Got me bent, I’ll bend you backwards
Chopper split you, bent you backwards
Smoke you like a pack of Backwoods
Go forward ain’t never backwards
Pounds of weed and tons of coca
I ran off on Sosa, baby
All my bitches love a gangster
All my bodies drug-related
Things escalated, Fezzi made it
My diamonds are never hated

[Chorus: Quavo & Gucci Mane]
Ridin’ around in my town, important
Hit me a lick, it’s enormous (Skrrt)
Uh, run with that sack (Run)
They be lookin’ for you in the mornin’ (Hey)
Uh, look at the batch (Batch)
Got the whole world swarmin’ (Uh)
Uh, look at the racks (Woo)
Got the whole world screamin’, “Tony”
I feel like Tony when them shooters shot then ran in his house
Watchin’ the camera with a chopper and a blunt in my mouth
Facin’ a FBI indictment, ain’t no bondin’ me out
I feel like OJ beat a murder ’cause two bodies got found

[Verse 2: Quavo]
Sold so many drugs (Woah)
They done put me on the Forbes list (Woo)
Ran off with so many packs (Hey)
They done put me on a hitlist (Woo)
And I’m always comin’ back
Fuck nigga can’t stop this shit (Comin’ back)
Niggas creepin’ out in the back
Put a nigga on the rocket list (Grrah)

[Chorus: Quavo & Gucci Mane]
Ridin’ around in my town, important
Hit me a lick, it’s enormous (Skrrt)
Uh, run with that sack (Run)
They be lookin’ for you in the mornin’ (Hey)
Uh, look at the batch (Batch)
Got the whole world swarmin’ (Uh)
Uh, look at the racks (Woo)
Got the whole world screamin’, “Tony”
I feel like Tony when them shooters shot then ran in his house
Watchin’ the camera with a chopper and a blunt in my mouth
Facin’ a FBI indictment, ain’t no bondin’ me out
I feel like OJ beat a murder ’cause two bodies got found

Jaden Smith – U lyrics

Part I
[Intro: Lido & Téo]
I was tryin’ to love you, but we
(Falling down, falling down, falling down)
Said shawty I was fucking tryna’ love you, but we
(Falling down, falling down, falling down)
I was tryin’ to love you, but we
(Falling down, falling down, falling down)
I was tryin’ to love you, but we
(Falling down, falling down, falling down)
I was tryin’ to love you, but we
(Falling down, falling down, falling down)
Said shawty I was fucking tryna’ love you, but we
(Falling down, falling down, falling down)
I was tryin’ to love you
(Falling down, falling down, falling down)
I did everything
(Falling down, falling down, falling down)

[Verse 1: Jaden Smith]
Heart is broken, heart is broken
Gettin’ green, gettin’ green
Man I’m artichokin’, man I’m artichokin’
I can’t breathe, that’s the art of chokin’
That’s a, that’s an art of chokin’
Send a text and never opened it
You thought I read this shit? Well I was strokin’
Falling down like I’m in Autumn
All you jokers spitting nada, nada, nada
Six minutes and I still gotta mind a mothafuckin’ problem
Calm down, calm down

[Interlude: Jaden Smith]
Hm, hm, hm, hm… Now we’re still here
Thank you

Part II
[Verse 2: Jaden Smith]
Try me, come try me
I wish you could see what I see
I’m late, you find me so timely
I’m lost, baby, come and find me
Girl, I’m fallin’ to the ground and you’ll never get me up
I’m just a baby with a stack of needles and a sippy cup
And this shit sucks, need some love, my Aphrodite I can touch
Elvis Presley’s coming out of me, my head has got a rush
Didn’t pick a fight, the FBI just picked a fight with me
Man, I cry at night, like every night, just come right here and see
Screw your VIP
We are like Adam and Eve, we are like Adam and Eve
We are like Adam and Eve, oh, no, what happened to me, no

[Bridge: Jaden Smith]
Jimi Hendrix with the flex
On the Ford motor, rollin’, gettin’ checks
At your crib for the chill
Who is at the door? All you ‘finna check, check, check
Man, you better show respect
Man, I let her go, we both know I had her
Man, I’m madder than a hatter, played my money
Now I’m swagger than Mick Jagger

[Hook]
Jimi Hendrix with the shits
Jimi Hendrix with the shits, I told ’em
Jimi Hendrix with the shits
Jimi Hendrix with the check, check, check, check
Jimi Hendrix with the shits, chaos, chaos
Jimi Hendrix with the shits
Jimi Hendrix, better check, check, check
Jimi Hendrix with the shits
Jimi Hendrix with the shits, chaos
Jimi Hendrix with the shits
Jimi Hendrix, better check, check, check
Jimi Hendrix with the shits
Jimi Hendrix with the shits, chaos, chaos, chaos, chaos, chaos, chaos, chaos

[Outro]
You’re no good for me girl
You’re cruel and infectious
You are my wish, this is me with a death wish
I’m smart, I should get this, but
Your eyes, your hips, your lips
To me they’re so precious, I guard them like treasures
I’d run, I’d drive, I’d fly distant measures
Just to witness your gestures
Never, forever, the moments still hold us together
Never, forever, the moments still hold us together
Never, forever, the moments still hold us together
Never, forever, the moments still hold us together
Never, forever, the moments still hold us together
Never, forever, the moments still hold us together
I don’t believe girl, I don’t believe
You hold on me, girl, so why not with me
I don’t believe girl, I don’t believe
I’m crying to sleep girl, I’m trying to see
I’ll die by sea, girl, I’ll die by the sea (skrt, skrt, skrt)
Will you die with me, girl, will you die with me
The future I see, girl, will you try to see

Fifth Harmony – Down lyrics

[Intro: Gucci Mane]
It’s Gucci
Fifth Harmony

[Verse 1: Lauren]
I need somebody with some patience
‘Cause you know I got a temperament
And yeah, you got a reputation
Nothin’ that a little love can’t fix
There ain’t no kind of situation
Where I wouldn’t cross a line for you
FBI interrogation
I would get up there and lie for you

[Pre-Chorus: Dinah]
When push come to shove
You show me love
When push come to shove, ayy

[Chorus: Lauren & Normani]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

[Verse 2: Normani]
You the type that I could bake for (bake for)
‘Cause baby, you know how to take that cake (cake, cake)
And I’m the only one you wait for
‘Cause baby, you know that I’m worth that wait

[Pre-Chorus: Ally & Lauren]
When push come to shove
You show me love (you show me love)
When push come to shove, ayy

[Chorus: Lauren, Normani & Gucci Mane]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (it’s Gucci)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

[Verse 3: Gucci Mane]
It’s like Bonnie and Clyde just walked in
A gangster and his bride just walked in
We on the same team and we ballin’
Got me showin’ off my ring like I’m Jordan
And I’mma hold you down like you hold me
And I’ll never tell a soul what you told me
When I was sittin’ in the cell is when you showed me
It takes a real one to put up with the old me
That’s why you in the coupe with the low seat
That’s why we at the game on the floor seats
My diamond that they seein’ from the nosebleeds
You make a man feel like he won a trophy

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani & (Lauren) & (Ally) & (Normani) & (Dinah)]
(Long as you’re holding me down,) down, down
(I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down,) down, down
(Long as you’re holding me down,) down, down (Imma love you down)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
(Long as you’re holding me down,) down, down (yeah)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you (down, down, down, down)
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down (I’m gon’ love you down)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (Long as you’re lovin’ me boy)

[Outro: Lauren]
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

Fifth Harmony – Down (feat. Gucci Mane) (On Jimmy Fallon) (Live)

[Intro: Gucci Mane]
It’s Gucci
Fifth Harmony

[Verse 1: Lauren]
I need somebody with some patience
‘Cause you know I got a temperament
And yeah, you got a reputation
Nothin’ that a little love can’t fix
There ain’t no kind of situation
Where I wouldn’t cross a line for you
FBI interrogation
I would get up there and lie for you

[Pre-Chorus: Dinah]
When push come to shove
You show me love
When push come to shove, aye

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

[Verse 2: Normani]
You the type that I could bake for (bake for)
‘Cause baby, you know how to take that cake
And I’m the only one you wait for
‘Cause baby, you know that I’m worth the wait

[Pre-Chorus: Ally & (Lauren)]
When push come to shove
You show me love (you show me love)
When push come to shove, aye

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

[Verse 3: Gucci Mane]
It’s like Bonnie and Clyde just walked in
A gangster and his bride just walked in
We on the same team and we ballin’
Got me showin’ off my ring like I’m Jordan
And I’ma hold you down like you hold me
And I’ll never tell a soul what you told me
When I was sittin’ in the cells is when you showed me
It takes a real one to put up with the old me
That’s why you in the coupe with the low seat
That’s why we at the game on the floor seats
My diamond that they seein’ from the nosebleeds
You make ’em mad, feel like you won a trophy

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani & Lauren & {Normani} & Dinah]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (love you down)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down {down, down, down, down}
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down (I’m gon’ love you down)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (long as you’re lovin’ me, boy)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

Fifth Harmony – Down (feat. Gucci Mane)

[Intro: Gucci Mane]
It’s Gucci
Fifth Harmony

[Verse 1: Lauren]
I need somebody with some patience
‘Cause you know I got a temperament
And yeah, you got a reputation
Nothin’ that a little love can’t fix
There ain’t no kind of situation
Where I wouldn’t cross a line for you
FBI interrogation
I would get up there and lie for you

[Pre-Chorus: Dinah]
When push come to shove
You show me love
When push come to shove, aye

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

[Verse 2: Normani]
You the type that I could bake for (bake for)
‘Cause baby, you know how to take that cake
And I’m the only one you wait for
‘Cause baby, you know that I’m worth the wait

[Pre-Chorus: Ally & (Lauren)]
When push come to shove
You show me love (you show me love)
When push come to shove, aye

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

[Verse 3: Gucci Mane]
It’s like Bonnie and Clyde just walked in
A gangster and his bride just walked in
We on the same team and we ballin’
Got me showin’ off my ring like I’m Jordan
And I’ma hold you down like you hold me
And I’ll never tell a soul what you told me
When I was sittin’ in the cells is when you showed me
It takes a real one to put up with the old me
That’s why you in the coupe with the low seat
That’s why we at the game on the floor seats
My diamond that they seein’ from the nosebleeds
You make ’em mad, feel like you won a trophy

[Chorus: Lauren + Normani & Lauren & {Normani} & Dinah]
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (love you down)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down {down, down, down, down}
Long as you’re holding me down, down, down (I’m gon’ love you down)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you down, down, down (long as you’re lovin’ me, boy)
I’m gon’ keep lovin’ you

M.I.A – P.O.W.A lyrics

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

Throw up my hands I say I’m not Dalai Lama
Throw up my hands say I’m not Obama

I’m not Osama
Monsanto farmer
I don’t drink no soda
I believe in Karma
They try to shut me down
I’ve still got the power
They try to hate me
But I still be that lover

I know my mind
In me I’m gonna find
This is my time
And I’m searching for the signs
Throw up my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

You know me I don’t watch TV
People watching me are only gonna see
I’m not your enemy FBI checking me
Curbing my money but that don’t bother me

I’m much tougher
I don’t need the buffer
I keep it light
Keep my head out the gutter

I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma show you how

Put your hands up
Put your middle fingers in the air
M.I.A. make it spray like it’s raining up in here
Think you’re getting baptised
With the sweat on your tree

Where where where
You say where my water there

You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa
You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa

Supa-kala fascist, racist, espi-ala-tazors
Posers with cases
They better not erase us
Batta come face us

I’m not Rihanna
I’m not Madonna
I’m not Mariah
Or Ariana
I’ve been around in this world causing drama
The real spice girl, hot girl power

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama
Throw my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

M.I.A. – P.O.W.A

[Hook]
Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

Throw up my hands I say I’m not Dalai Lama
Throw up my hands say I’m not Obama

I’m not Osama
Monsanto farmer
I don’t drink no soda
I believe in Karma
They try to shut me down
I’ve still got the power
They try to hate me
But I still be that lover

I know my mind
In me I’m gonna find
This is my time
And I’m searching for the signs
Throw up my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

[Hook]
Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

You know me I don’t watch TV
People watching me are only gonna see
I’m not your enemy FBI checking me
Curbing my money but that don’t bother me

I’m much tougher
I don’t need the buffer
I keep it light
Keep my head out the gutter

I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma show you how

Put your hands up
Put your middle fingers in the air
M.I.A. make it spray like it’s raining up in here
Think you’re getting baptised
With the sweat on your tree

Where where where
You say where my water there

You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa
You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa

Supa-kala fascist, racist, espi-ala-tazors
Posers with cases
They better not erase us
Batta come face us

I’m not Rihanna
I’m not Madonna
I’m not Mariah
Or Ariana
I’ve been around in this world causing drama
The real spice girl, hot girl power

[Hook]
Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama
Throw my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

M.I.A – P.O.W.A lyrics

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

Throw up my hands I say I’m not Dalai Lama
Throw up my hands say I’m not Obama

I’m not Osama
Monsanto farmer
I don’t drink no soda
I believe in Karma
They try to shut me down
I’ve still got the power
They try to hate me
But I still be that lover

I know my mind
In me I’m gonna find
This is my time
And I’m searching for the signs
Throw up my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama

You know me I don’t watch TV
People watching me are only gonna see
I’m not your enemy FBI checking me
Curbing my money but that don’t bother me

I’m much tougher
I don’t need the buffer
I keep it light
Keep my head out the gutter

I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma show you how

Put your hands up
Put your middle fingers in the air
M.I.A. make it spray like it’s raining up in here
Think you’re getting baptised
With the sweat on your tree

Where where where
You say where my water there

You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa
You say wa wa wa wa wa
I say pa pa pa pa pa

Supa-kala fascist, racist, espi-ala-tazors
Posers with cases
They better not erase us
Batta come face us

I’m not Rihanna
I’m not Madonna
I’m not Mariah
Or Ariana
I’ve been around in this world causing drama
The real spice girl, hot girl power

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama
Throw my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower

P.O.W.A – M.I.A lyrics

Lyrics M.I.A – P.O.W.A

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama.(p.o.w.a)

Throw up my hands I say I’m not Dalai Lama
Throw up my hands say I’m not Obama.

I’m not Osama
Monsanto farmer
I don’t drink no soda
I believe in Karma
They try to shut me down
I’ve still got the power
They try to hate me
But I still be that lover.

I know my mind
In me I’m gonna find
This is my time
And I’m searching for the signs
Throw up my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Tower.

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama.

You know me I don’t watch TV
People watching me are only gonna see
I’m not your enemy FBI checking me
Curbing my money but that don’t bother me.

I’m much tougher
I don’t need the buffer
I keep it light
Keep my head out the gutter.

I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma do it
I’ma do it now
I’ma show you how.

Put your hands up
Put your middle fingers in the air
M.I.A. make it spray like it’s raining up in here
Think you’re getting baptised
With the sweat on your tree.

Where where where
You say where my water there.

You say wa wa wa wa waaa
I say pa pa pa paa pa
You say wa wa wa wa waaa
I say pa pa pa pa paaa.

Supa-kala fascist, racist, espi-ala-tazors
Posers with cases
They better not erase us
Batta come face us.

I’m not Rihanna
I’m not Madonna
I’m not Mariah
Or Ariana
I’ve been around in this world causing drama
The real spice girl, hot girl power.

Don’t you wanna
Tell me if you’re gonna
Put down your armour
Promise no more drama
Throw my hands
Say this is people power
Throw up my finger and I’m taking on the Towerrr.
M.I.A. lyrics
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