Pensacola Shooting A Terrorist Act, Says AG Barr

Headline Roundup January 13th, 2020

U.S. Attorney General William Barr labeled last month's attack by a Saudi aviation student that killed three sailors and wounded eight others at the Navy base in Pensacola, FL "an act of terrorism" Monday, while calling on technology giant Apple to supposedly aid investigations by helping to unlock the killer's phones.

Reporting outlets focused mainly on investigations into the killer's anti-American and jihadist motivations, as well as ongoing quarrels over privacy and public safety between Big Tech and the Justice Department. More notable differences were in how the shooting was labeled in headlines on the left and right sides of the spectrum; some headlines on the right put more emphasis on "jihadist" and "mass shooting," while others focused less on specifics.

Pensacola Shooting A Terrorist Act, Says AG Barr

From the Right
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Attorney General William Barr announced Monday that the December mass shooting by a Saudi national that left three American sailors dead in Pensacola, Florida, was an act of terrorism.

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, allegedly shot and killed three U.S. Navy sailors — Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, Airman Mohammed Haitham, 19, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters, 21 — and wounded at least eight others at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. Haitham and Walters received posthumous promotions, and acting Secretary of the Navy...

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From the Left
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WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr declared on Monday that a deadly shooting last month at a naval air station in Pensacola, Fla., was an act of terrorism, and he asked Apple in an unusually high-profile request to provide access to two phones used by the gunman.

Mr. Barr’s appeal was an escalation of a continuing fight between the Justice Department and Apple pitting personal privacy against public safety.

“This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that the public be able to get access to digital evidence,” Mr....

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From the Center
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Attorney General William Barr called the December attack by a Saudi aviation student that killed three people at a Florida Navy base an act of terrorism, escalating pressure on Apple Inc. to help unlock a pair of the gunman’s iPhones that could provide more information about his radicalization.

The top law-enforcement official called on the technology giant to find a solution in a high-profile request that ramped up the latest clash over personal privacy versus national-security investigations.

Second Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, a member of the Saudi air force who was...

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