FBI Director: Farook & Malik "Radicalized for Quite a Long Time"

You can't touch this. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)

Syed Farook was publicly talking jihad for two years before the San Bernardino attack:

The husband-and-wife duo “were radicalized for quite a long time before their attack,” FBI Director James B. Comey said during an appearance on Capitol Hill. This follows earlier statements by investigators that the shooters had both been adherents to a radical strain of Islam long before the massacre.

Syed Rizwan Farook, a 28-year-old county health inspector, and his Pakistani wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, had begun communicating online, Comey said. It was during these communications that they began discussing jihadist thoughts, long before Malik traveled to the United States and they got married.

“And online…as early as the end as 2013, they were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and then married and lived together in the United States,” Comey said during his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.


We was probably just a member of the jayvee squad.

Somewhat more seriously…

We have an intel operation which couldn’t keep track of a radicalized Muslim who had to travel to Pakistan to find a bride, and whose own neighbor saw him palling around with similarly fishy characters. We don’t know what the intel failure was, but the neighbor who saw something said nothing for fear of being labeled a racist.

And then, predictably, a bunch of innocent people ended up murdered.

How do we fix this mess and stop the next attack before it happens?


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