- President Obama is not yet sure that the San Bernardino shooting isn’t just workplace violence
- But we know too much for that to be anything other than intentional avoidance of the truth
- Syed Farook was a radicalized devout Muslim
- Authorities know he was in contact with international terrorists
- He met his Qatar-born wife on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia
- His home was full of IED bomb-making material
Maybe we need a stateside climate change conference as a powerful rebuke against this latest violation of our collective values?
Via The Daily Mail:
San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook met his Pakistani wife-turned-accomplice Tashfeen Malik while on the hajj in Saudi Arabia and appeared to have been radicalized, law enforcement officials revealed this afternoon. Investigators told CNN that Farook, a native US citizen of South Asian descent, was in touch by phone and via social media with more than one international terrorism subject.
Federal officials told NBC News that Farook made a trip to Saudi Arabia within the past two year, most likely for the hajj – the religious pilgrimage to the sacred city of Mecca that all devout Muslims are required to go on at least once in their lives. It is believed that during his stay abroad, he met Malik, got engaged and later brought her over the US on a K-1 fiancee visa. After the couple got married, Malik, who was a native of Pakistan, became a naturalized US citizen.
On Wednesday morning, Farook, 28, and Malik, 27, dropped off their six-month-old baby with Farook’s mother, saying they were going to a doctor’s appointment. By noon, according to police, the couple had donned assault clothing, armed themselves with rifles and stormed a holiday party attended by San Bernardino County employees, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others. According to some reports, the duo had GoPro cameras strapped to their body armor during the shooting.
Before sunset, after a massive manhunt and a violent shootout with police on a residential street in the city of Redlands.
Those who knew Farook, among them his colleagues at the San Bernardino County Public Health Department, described him as a devout Muslim but not someone who often talked about religion.
‘He never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious,’ said Griselda Reisinger, a former colleague.
Co-worker Patrick Baccari, who shared a cubicle with Farook, told the Los Angeles Times he and his young family appeared to be ‘living the American dream.’
In the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, a search team comprised of police and federal agents combed the residence in Redlands, California, associated with Farook and his wife. A black sedan parked outside was also searched. The home is where officers initially saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspects’ SUV in the hours before the final gun battle that killed them. A bomb squad on Wednesday swept the building with robots. Public records show it is a possible residence of a family member of Farook.
President Barack Obama addressed the shooting from the Oval Office shortly before noon Eastern Time, saying it is possible the massacre in San Bernardino was related to terrorism, but it’s also possible it was workplace-related, or that the perpetrators had mixed motives.
‘At this stage, we don’t yet know why this terrible event occurred,’ a somber Mr Obama told the press.
‘We do know that the two individuals who were killed were equipped with weapons and appeared to have access to additional weaponry at their homes, but we don’t know why they did it; we do not know the extent of their plans and their motivations.’
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