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ACLU Supports Apple, Says Ruling for Feds Would Be 'Catastrophic'

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    New York police officers stand outside the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue while monitoring a demonstration, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in New York. Protesters assembled in more than 30 cities around the world to lash out at the FBI for obtaining a court order that requires Apple to make it easier to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a gunman in December's mass murders in California.

    The American Civil Liberties Union is filing a "friend of the court" brief in California on Wednesday supporting Apple in its stand against the FBI, saying a ruling in favor of the government would have "catastrophic consequences."

    The prominent rights group is one of many companies, organizations and individuals expected to submit amicus briefs in the case before the end of the week.

    "Law enforcement may not commandeer innocent third parties into becoming its undercover agents, its spies, or its hackers," the ACLU argues in the brief to be filed on Wednesday.

    Apple has asked the judge in the case to vacate an order that would force the company to help federal investigators crack a iPhone 5C used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.