Headline RoundupMay 18th, 2020

FBI Links Pensacola Military Base Shooter to Al-Qaida

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Monday that it found a link between the al-Qaida extremist group and the rogue Saudi Air Force cadet who murdered three U.S. sailors at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida last December. Several weeks after the shooting, Attorney General William Barr said the attack was driven by "jihadist ideologies." The FBI, which has yet to call the shooting an act of terrorism, reportedly found the link after unlocking the shooter's cell phones. Central to many reports was Apple's involvement in the case; the tech giant originally resisted breaking with privacy protocols to unlock the shooter's phones for federal investigators. Right-rated outlets were more likely to frame Apple's handling of the situation in a more negative light; some also referred to the assailant a "mass shooter."

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