In the final Republican presidential primary debate before Super Tuesday, all five of the candidates took the FBI's side in the bureau's dispute with Apple over a terrorist's cellphone that the feds want to decrypt. But do the candidates really know what they're supporting?
The comments they gave, crackling with applause lines, caused me to agree with my millennial son's observation, "If you want to know how iPhones work, don't turn to a politician."
At issue is an Apple iPhone that was used by Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters.
The FBI, which is investigating the case, has a warrant for the information on this phone, but they can't read it.
Its data is locked and encrypted behind a password that Apple says is designed to be too complex even for Apple to crack.
Apple has cooperated with the FBI in providing all the phone's data that was on a cloud server.