Washington, D.C. - In the battle to force Apple to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernadino terrorists, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken the fight to capitol hill.
The FBI has a real headache on their hands with how to solve the puzzle of getting into the Apple phone. All they want to know is what data the phone contains.
According to FBI Director James Comey, it's a question of national security versus privacy "that I believe is the hardest issue I've confronted in government."
Comey testified before the house judiciary committee hearing on encryption with Apple's attorney also testifying.
Comey says public security will suffer if Apple and other tech giants can defy a court order to cooperate with law enforcement.
The FBI just wants Apple to write some new software for the phone that will halt the phone's current self-destructive security mechanisms.
"There are no demons in this debate," Comey said. "The companies are not evil, the government's not evil... you have a whole lot of good people who see the world through different lenses."
Yeah, but if Congress won't help the FBI force Apple to comply, the director does have one more option.
He may just change his tone and say, "Please."
Get ready for a lot of public begging!