Former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker said Tuesday that he supports the Justice Department's request to access data on the iPhone used by San Bernardino, California, terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook.
"I think it's necessary to make sure that we don't create technology safe zones and safe havens for terrorists and criminals," Swecker said on CNBC's "Power Lunch."
The high-stakes legal fight between Apple and the DOJ over the locked iPhone moved from the courts to Congress on Tuesday. FBI Director James Comey and Apple chief lawyer Bruce Sewell appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing on encryption.
The hearing comes amid two significant and conflicting court rulings in New York and California on whether Apple can be forced to help the FBI gain access to locked phones.