By Robert A. Vella
Here are two important updates on the couple who perpetrated the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California:
From the Huffington Post – FBI Director: No Evidence California Shooters Were Part Of Cell:
NEW YORK, Dec 16 (Reuters) – There is no evidence a married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell, the head of the FBI said on Wednesday, confirming that investigators believe the pair were inspired but not directed by Islamic State.
The Islamist militant group has “revolutionized” terrorism by seeking to inspire such small-scale attacks, FBI Director James Comey said, noting the group uses social media, encrypted communications and slickly produced propaganda to recruit followers around the world.
“Your parents’ al Qaeda was a very different model than the threat we face today,” Comey told a counterterrorism conference in New York.
However, he said that while the perpetrators of the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, California – Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29 – had expressed support for “jihad and martyrdom” in private communications as early as 2013, they never did so publicly on social media.
Investigators looking into the San Bernardino shooting are examining whether alleged shooter Syed Rizwan Farook had an argument with a coworker who denounced “inherent dangers of Islam,” a U.S. government source said on Friday.