Arizona county won't give its employees any more iPhones

It also accuses Apple of siding with terrorists.


Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock a terror suspect's iPhone has apparently touched a nerve in Arizona. Maricopa County, the place that brought us birther enthusiast Sheriff Joe Arapaio, announced on Wednesday that it will no longer issue iPhones to its employees. Of the county's current 564 work-issued phones, 366 are iPhones.

"Apple's refusal to cooperate with a legitimate law enforcement investigation to unlock a phone used by terrorists puts Apple on the side of terrorists instead of on the side of public safety," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a statement. "Positioning their refusal to cooperate as having anything to do with privacy interests is a corporate PR stunt and ignores the 4th Amendment protections afforded by our Constitution."

Speaking of PR stunts, pot meet kettle.