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FBI: San Bernardino shooters pledged jihad over direct messages

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Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik

SAN BERNARDINO — San Bernardino shooters Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook communicated online about jihad via direct, private messaging as far back as 2013, FBI Director James Comey told reporters on Wednesday.

Malik and Farook opened fire on the latter’s co-workers at a work event on December 2 in San Bernardino, California, killing 14.

“In late 2013 — before there is a physical meeting of these two people resulting in their engagement and journey to the United States — they are communicating online, showing signs in that communication of their joint commitment to jihad and to martyrdom,” said Comey.

“Those communications are direct private messages. So far in this investigation, we have found no evidence of posting on social media by either of them at that period of time and thereafter,” he said.

Citing U.S. law enforcement officials, CNN previously reported that Malik advocated jihad in messages on social media, but her comments were made under a pseudonym and with strict privacy settings that did not allow people outside a small group of friends to see them.

Those same officials have since clarified the communications were direct messages, not public posts, and thus would not have been retrievable by the FBI without a warrant.

Authorities are working to trace the electronic trail of the killers in an attempt to find out whom they interacted with, how they hatched and carried out the plot, and why.

1 Comment

  • molon labe

    Have FBI or CIA or just let it happen naturally…. Here’s how it goes:
    1. Find some crazies..Islamic or black/brown preferred, give them drugs with or without them knowing.
    2. Tell them when and where to commit their crazy sht, while partying with them etc etc…do drugs
    3. Give them new weapons and a bunch a ammo, some weekend before a grill out….after you give them more drugs
    4. hype them up psychologically to follow through with their “goal”…each time you see them….give them a “chill pill”
    noun: Islamophobia
    dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.
    Let the fear flow through you…. goooooood, goooooood FEAR ALL Muslims…..Gooood.

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