Update: The FBI said they are now investigating this attack as a terror attack. The FBI is looking at other players and connections to ISIS and possibly al Qaeda. That won’t stop claims that it was in part workplace violence, like Fort Hood.
Investigators think that moments before the California attack took place, female shooter Tashfeen Malik, who wore the niqab in public, posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook.
The FBI confirmed such a pledge was sent.
The day before the attack, the terror couple destroyed the hard drive on their computer and two new cell phones were found crushed in a garbage. Obviously, they were hiding their communications.
ISIS has taken credit for the attacks.
CNN had a different take this morning.
“This is looking more and more like self-radicalization,” an anonymous law enforcement official was quoted as saying.
That would preclude ISIS involvement in any significant way.
A law enforcement source said investigators have a greater focus on whether the shooting occurred after a workplace issue with religion, according to CNN. CNN was pushing the workplace violence narrative in their article in the morning announcing the Facebook post by Malik.
A federal official said Farook has “overseas communications and associations,” but it’s not yet clear how relevant they are to the shootings. “We don’t know yet what they mean,” the official said, according to CNN in the same article. If so, why are they focusing on workplace violence?
FBI official David Bowdich said on Thursday that “it would be irresponsible and premature for me to call this terrorism.” Authorities also haven’t ruled out what President Barack Obama called “mixed motives,” meaning that Islamic radicalism and workplace grievances both could have driven the attack, CNN reported Friday morning.
A CNN commentator sees this as a case of workplace violence but another guest saw it as pressure from the administration to declare it workplace violence.
Josh Earnest said today that it’s too early to call this a terror attack. “…we are still learning exactly what was motivating these individuals, what steps they took to carry out this terrible act of violence. So, I think that before we make any grand pronouncements along those line, it is important for our investigators to learn more about what’s exactly happened,” he said.
The White House can’t figure out a motive.
CNN reported this: “It just doesn’t make sense for these two to be able to act like some kind of Bonnie and Clyde or something,” Farook family attorney David S. Chesley told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “It’s just ridiculous. It doesn’t add up.”
Another family lawyer said, “There was nothing to show that (Malik) was extreme at all,” Abuershaid said. “(And Farook) was a normal guy, in every sense of the word.”
What doesn’t make sense is the family not knowing what they were up to when their garage was a regular arsenal and their house also contained bomb-making materials.
Terrorists and many killers look normal. We’d better get used to that.
Americans also need to get used to the idea of female terrorists. ISIS and al-Qaida train women and children in terror training camps. One in seven people who are joining ISIS are women.