Breaking: Officials say San Bernardino shooter pledged allegiance to ISIS during attack

posted at 11:01 am on December 4, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Show of hands: who’s shocked by this? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? The pledge to the terrorist quasi-state came from Tashfeen Malik, the wife of Syed Farook who initially attended the meeting the couple later targeted for a massacre. CNN reports from three sources in the investigation that Malik posted the pledge on Facebook, although not on either of the couple’s previously known accounts:

As the San Bernardino attack was happening, investigators believe the female shooter, Tashfeen Malik, posted on Facebook, pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, three U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told CNN.

The posting was by Malik made on an account with a different name, according to one U.S. official. The officials did not explain how they knew Malik made the post.

The family’s attorneys still insist that the family had no clue that either or both of the perpetrators were radicalized. Before this story broke, CNN’s Chris Cuomo interviewed the lawyers, who insisted that the suspicions about the pair didn’t “add up.” One of them dismissed those who saw radical Islamist terrorism in this attack as “clueless,” but the person who comes across as the most “clueless” in this interview is the attorney himself:

The attorney claims that Malik couldn’t have been a participant because she only weights “90 pounds” and could not have held the rifle. We don’t know yet whether Malik fired any of the rounds in the San Bernardino attack, but her size isn’t a determining factor. Even a small framed woman (or man) can handle a semiautomatic rifle with just a small amount of training, and the fact that she was wearing armor and carried ammunition speaks to a different conclusion than the one offered here.

Then we have this, from the other attorney:

“Having a good amount of ammo doesn’t mean you’re planning an attack.” Interestingly, I discussed this with another attendee at the Bullets & Bourbon event I’m at this weekend, and we agree. It’s not uncommon to have a significant number of rounds in hand in order to have enough to train at a range on short notice. One person noted that he has a few thousand rounds in his house at the moment, and he’s certainly not planning an attack. However, I’m pretty sure the number of pipe bombs in his house is, oh … zero. That’s not the case with Farook and Malik, as the Washington Post noted prior to the revelation this morning about the pledge to ISIS:

Authorities were still trying Thursday to establish a motive for the deadliest U.S. mass shooting in nearly three years, even as they revealed that the two attackers had amassed a large stockpile of explosives and ammunition. …

“We do not yet know the motive,” David Bow­dich, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said at a news conference. “It would be irresponsible and premature for me to call this terrorism.”

The case doesn’t fit any familiar template. If it was terrorism, why would the shooters target co-workers in a small city that many Americans couldn’t find on a map, rather than some more spectacular target? If it was workplace violence, why build up an arsenal of bullets and pipe bombs?

Well, it clearly wasn’t workplace violence, despite a suggestion made by Barack Obama yesterday that it remained a possibility. It was immediately clear that Farook and Malik were hardly finished:

Police found more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition on or near the couple, suggesting that they were prepared for a long siege. Police recovered two assault rifles and two 9mm pistols, all legally purchased, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Two of the weapons were traced to one of the assailants, said Dannette Seward, an ATF spokeswoman, while the other two were traced to another person who has not been publicly identified.

Even without a manifesto or a social-media trail of radicalization immediately available in the aftermath, it’s clear that this was aimed at more than just a grievance with co-workers:

“There appears to be a degree of planning that went into this,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said. “Nobody just gets upset at a party, goes home and puts together that kind of elaborate scheme or plan.”

So no, this is hardly a surprise. The FBI’s initial reluctance to positively assert that this was a terror plot can be chalked up to professionalism and investigative caution, as the New York Times report suggests, but it’s adding up for everyone else … except the media. Given last week’s events in Colorado Springs and the immediate leap made by the media to blame videos critical of Planned Parenthood, that seem rather curious, no? Does anyone want to guess what’s behind the two sharply divergent approaches to the two mass shootings? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Update: The New York Times corroborates CNN’s reporting, although they emphasize that the allegiance so far looks like a one-way relationship:

There’s no evidence the group directed the woman, Tashfeen Malik, and her husband Syed Rizwan Farook, to launch the attacks, which killed 14 and wounded 21, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.

“At this point we believe they were more self-radicalized and inspired by the group than actually told to do the shooting,” one of the officials said.

The posting had been removed from the social media site and it’s not clear when federal authorities obtained it.

In the days leading up to the shooting, the couple took several steps to delete their electronic information, in an apparent effort to cover their tracks, officials said. Those efforts have led authorities to believe that the shooting was premeditated.

Islamic terrorists have used the oath of allegiance, called a bayat, to declare their loyalty to specific groups and leaders. To become a member of Al Qaeda, for instance, terrorists historically swore their devotion to Osama bin Laden.

Well, a couple of hours ago the Washington Post pronounced itself mystified as to the motive, too.


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What part of their motive doesn’t obama/dems/libs understand??? The girl made it pretty clear on facebook. Obama/dems/libs better get a handle on their denial before we’re all taken out!!!

soapyjeans on December 4, 2015 at 2:05 PM

What part of their motive doesn’t obama/dems/libs understand

They both know and understand.

F X Muldoon on December 4, 2015 at 2:15 PM

FBI has just said they are now investigating an act of terrorism.

climbnjump on December 4, 2015 at 2:23 PM

FBI has just said they are now investigating an act of terrorism.

climbnjump on December 4, 2015 at 2:23 PM

That’s from the current SB briefing.

BO will be displeased.

climbnjump on December 4, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Some have been asking for a picture of the nasty wife terrorist.
This link was from a post by gh in another thread scroll down a bit for a picture of the female terrorist.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3345337/Brother-San-Bernardino-gunman-decorated-Navy-veteran-honored-role-war-terror.html

Dr. Frank Enstine on December 4, 2015 at 12:46 PM

There is NO picture of her in that article. The women shown are not her.

gh on December 4, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Liberals own this.

CWforFreedom on December 4, 2015 at 2:32 PM

so serious questions: since most of these weapons were purchased legally

Chelsea Clinton on December 4, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Poor Chelsea, your narrative has just been destroyed:

The media proudly reports that the firearms were purchased legally. They are trying to create the narrative that the current gun laws allowed this to happen. They want you to know: “Hey, this was all legally done. We need more laws to stop this from happening again.”

But not so fast. It may be true that these guns were purchased legally, but they were not used legally and in fact, they were modified in violation of the California firearms laws, says the ATF.

While they were originally sold legally, with magazine locking devices commonly known as bullet buttons, the rifles were subsequently altered in different ways to make them more powerful, according to Meredith Davis, a special agent with the ATF.

The Smith & Wesson rifle was changed in an attempt to enable it fire in fully automatic mode, while the DPMS weapon was modified to use a large-capacity magazine, she said.

Those alterations made the weapons unlawful under California’s ban on assault weapons, which bans guns with magazines that can detach for quick reloading.

The state legally allows the sale and ownership of assault weapons that have fixed magazines.

Modifying a gun for fully automatic fire is illegal in every state, it’s a federal law. A VERY SERIOUS federal law.

F-

Del Dolemonte on December 4, 2015 at 2:46 PM

“If it was terrorism, why would the shooters target co-workers in a small city that many Americans couldn’t find on a map, rather than some more spectacular target?”

Shows total ignorance of Islam. All orthodox Muslims are regularly contemplating how they are going to attack, who they are going to murder, how they can murder the most infidels on the day when Muslims are called upon to rise up and make their bid for conquest. This is absolutely fundamental to orthodox Islam which forbids Muslims from abstaining from war for more than ten years. It’s called “hudna,” which translates as “phony truce.” Muslims are allowed to lay low as they gather their ability to wage war but only for a very limited time and only so long as they are not in an advantageous position for waging war.

Not all Muslims are orthodox but if they ARE orthodox they are always looking in the back of their minds for how they are going to do their part to murder infidels. Of course that means looking at their own workplaces and local gathering places. If they are orthodox, they are mapping out the lay of the land, looking for where they have strategic advantage to murder the largest number before they are themselves killed.

They do not anticipate surviving. In Islam the only way to go to heaven is to die “fighting in the way of Allah,” which means murdering infidels, and IF THEY ARE ORTHODOX THEY BELIEVE THAT. They WANT to die committing murder. This is ALL orthodox Muslims. If they don’t think that way they are not orthodox. They are rejecting long established orthodoxies of sharia law. Orthodox Muslims would murder them as apostates.

Our disgusting demagogic left (which includes the entire Democratic party and the three Muslim leaders at the top, President Obama, DNI Brennan, and acting president Valerie Jarrett) all cry, “No, that is what al Qaeda says. If you say that Islam actually calls for the slaughter of infidels you are supporting al Qaeda.”

Wrong. What al Qaeda claims is that the orthodox demand that Muslims engage in endless systematic mass murder and rape of infidels is TRUE Islam. It is simply a fact that orthodox Islam demands this behavior, but there no truth at all to ORTHODOX Islam, which declares that Muhammad was both a mass murdering pedophile who commanded systematic violation of every one of the Ten Commandments AND a true prophet of the God of Abraham and Moses and Jesus. Anyone who can even begin to entertain the possibility of that being true is a moral pervert in the highest extreme.

Orthodox Muslims are the one’s who insult Muhammad, declaring him to have been this commander of systematic murder, of systematic rape, of systematic theft, of systematic false witness. To say that the truth about orthodox Islam must not be spoken because it insults Muslims, or Insults Muhammad, or supports the al Qaeda interpretation of Islam, is just more false witness. Orthodox does not mean true. It is a FALSE religion. Its claims to truth cannot possibly be true. Pointing out the evil of orthodox Islam, and how such evils cannot possibly reflect the true will of any moral god, does NOT play into the ISIS/al Qaeda claims that their orthodox version of Islam is the true word of God.

Could there be a true version of Islam, one that consists at least with the Ten Commandments? I think so, if all of its commands to murder and steal are interpreted as conditional on circumstances of truly defensive war. That is not how the orthodoxy interprets them, but it is certainly a possible interpretation, and if a religion consists at least with the Ten Commandments no one can say with certainty that it is not true and does not express the will of a moral god (not because we know that the Ten Commandments really were handed down by God but because they contain a broad sweep of basic morality and we cannot assert with certainty anything broader about what a just God would have to require).

But orthodox Islam commands the opposite of the Ten Commandments. This murder-cult religion is pure evil and cannot possibly be true. It cannot possibly reflect the will of any actual god. The orthodox version of Muhammad cannot possibly have been any actual prophet but can only have been the most criminal fraud.

Are we at war with orthodox Islam? Yes, and not just de facto. By the post 9/11 Authorization for the Use of Military Force are in a declared war “with those who attacked us on 9/11,” and it was orthodox Islam that attacked us on 9/11. But we are NOT at war with those Muslims who are not orthodox. We are at war with the dominant sect of Islam, which probably includes something like half of all Muslims. For the “Syrian refugee” stream, I would guess that 95% are orthodox murder-conspiring jihadists. That is why Obama wants them here. He is the general of the invading army, the greatest traitor to liberty in world history and the greatest hero of the evil orthodox Islamic murder-cult to which he subscribes.

Alec on December 4, 2015 at 3:09 PM

Liberals own this.

CWforFreedom on December 4, 2015 at 2:32 PM

And that is why a group of them plan to attend mosque services- cuz, it’s like, no big thing.

BettyRuth on December 4, 2015 at 3:22 PM

The AR weighs 6-7 lbs. A 90 pound person can easily handle it. My 14 pound 308 would be a different matter. A lot of people have a lot of ammo given what Obama and the dumicrats have done to the market.

claudius on December 4, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Liberals own this.

CWforFreedom on December 4, 2015 at 2:32 PM

Absolutely, time to freeze them in the moment according to Alinsky.

claudius on December 4, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Obama Told CNN Americans Were Safe From ISIS At SAME EXACT TIME San Bernardino Shooter Posted Allegiance to ISIS

Flora Duh on December 4, 2015 at 11:18 AM

One prone to conspiracy theories would almost think they were part of the same sleeper cell …

smokeyblonde on December 4, 2015 at 3:36 PM

One prone to conspiracy theories would almost think they were part of the same sleeper cell …

smokeyblonde on December 4, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Heh.

Fallon on December 4, 2015 at 4:04 PM

In looking for who to murder, orthodox Muslims will be looking for Jews to make their high priority targets. This is one reason why individual orthodox Muslims can be expected to focus their attacks on their own acquaintances: because that is how they will know who and where the Jews are.

I just saw at Ace of Spades that this has been borne out in the San Bernardino shooting, where Farook is said to have developed an animosity towards a Jew at work who was critical of Islamic violence, so that was two reasons to kill him. Not only was he a Jew, but anyone who points out that orthodox Islam is violent must be murdered.

Alec on December 4, 2015 at 4:09 PM

The only link to his work is that it was familiar. Strictly logistic purposes.

A jihadi that chose a familiar setting to maximize and personalize his attack.

anuts on December 4, 2015 at 4:47 PM

why no war on guns? pro life, eh?
HRCis45 on December 4, 2015 at 12:36 PM

When behavior is the issue you want to target inanimate objects?!

(How well has your gun behaved today?)

anuts on December 4, 2015 at 4:54 PM

ERADICATE islam NOW!

Pork-Chop on December 4, 2015 at 5:02 PM

The attorney lies. A 90 pound woman can fire an AR-15. An AR-15 type rifle absorbs its own recoil through a spring in the stock. This makes it quite easy to shoot, especially by small people. My son was able to use one at age 10 because it has as much ‘kick’ as a .22 rifle. We have to use shoulder pads for bolt action 7.62mm and 7.92mm bolt action rifles. Fire a hundred rounds without a pad and the bruise lasts a week.

Picaro on December 4, 2015 at 5:04 PM

Fox News Latino [email protected] 10m10 minutes ago

.@tedcruz demands release of #immigration history for San Bernardino shooters http://fxn.ws/1PETZox

Bmore on December 4, 2015 at 5:41 PM

Here’s another one that your screen name will like…

An average of 2,500 people a year are accidentally electrocuted in the United States.

Let’s ban electricity!

Del Dolemonte on December 4, 2015 at 1:59 PM

The government has still not banned that odorless, tasteless, clear liquid that kills several thousands each year!! They don’t cair.

Axeman on December 4, 2015 at 5:55 PM

In looking for who to murder, orthodox Muslims will be looking for Jews to make their high priority targets. This is one reason why individual orthodox Muslims can be expected to focus their attacks on their own acquaintances: because that is how they will know who and where the Jews are.

I just saw at Ace of Spades that this has been borne out in the San Bernardino shooting, where Farook is said to have developed an animosity towards a Jew at work who was critical of Islamic violence, so that was two reasons to kill him. Not only was he a Jew, but anyone who points out that orthodox Islam is violent must be murdered.

Alec on December 4, 2015 at 4:09 PM

The Democrat Media is doing their best to censor a story out of New York City that broke this past Monday, November 30th, and so far they have succeeded in a way Dr. Goebbels would be proud of:

A 52-year-old Jewish man, who is the manger at the West Side Judaica & Bookstore in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, was beaten up Monday afternoon in broad daylight in front of the store by a man who claimed to be Muslim and threatened to kill him, NYPD officials told JP.

Brooklyn native Salmon Salczer was inside the Judaica store located at 2412 Broadway Avenue on Monday afternoon when he saw a man pacing outside the store and looking into the glass window. He walked out from the store to see if there was anything suspicious, and as he exited the store, the suspect approached Mr. Salczer and repeatedly punched him in the face while yelling, ” F— You Jews. I’ll Kill You; I’m a Muslim.” The suspect then fled from the scene on a razor scooter, police said.

Mr. Salczer called the police and filed a report, detectives from the Hate Crimes Task Force are now investigating the incident as a hate crime, and are looking for a dark-skinned male believed to be about 20 years old and was wearing a red jacket and blue jeans at the time of the assault.

The Suspect yelled Several times F— the Jews, the victim added.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at http://WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM

Council member Mark Levine, chairman of the NYC Jewish Caucus said in a statement, “This terrible incident is stark reminder that no neighborhood in New York City is immune from the mounting threat of anti-semitic attacks. This and every hate crime must be denounced in the strongest terms. I urge the public to share any information that might help lead to the the apprehension of the suspect.”

NYC Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal said in a statement, “While it is rare for the UWS to experience hate crimes, we must be vigilant at all times. I want to thank our 24th precinct for their rapid response. They’ve referred this incident to the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit and are actively investigating this terrible incident. Anti-semitic attacks—or any other hate crime—must be stopped.”

Link.

A Google News search finds absolutely no reportage on this Hate Crime by any of the NYC Democrat Media. They obviously all have their marching orders!

Del Dolemonte on December 4, 2015 at 6:34 PM

Liberals … own … this!

hawkdriver on December 4, 2015 at 6:43 PM

“At this point we believe they were more self-radicalized and inspired by the group than actually told to do the shooting,”

READ: The Work Place Violence narrative is falling apart. Push Plan B – Self-radicalized, with all we got. The media has their new marching orders.

Voodoo Chile on December 4, 2015 at 9:55 PM

Obviously Ash Carter is going to have to have a talk with this lawyer and explain to him that a woman can fulfill a combat role as well as a man. He’s sexist.

DFCtomm on December 4, 2015 at 10:26 PM

My collection is the envy of my bingo club.

katy the mean old lady on December 4, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Gambling AND pipe bombs? I need to find a group like that in my neighborhood!

smokeyblonde on December 4, 2015 at 10:29 PM

Walter.= “opinion and how i do my job are two different things”. Walter = “i could play your gay boyfriend from behind a computer”.

Indiana Jim on December 5, 2015 at 6:16 AM

If it was terrorism, why would the shooters target co-workers in a small city that many Americans couldn’t find on a map, rather than some more spectacular target?

An attack doesn’t have to be “spectacular” for it to be terrorism. By performing an attack “in a small city that many Americans couldn’t find on a map” it’s telling the rest of America, “No one is safe. No matter where you are.”

“At this point we believe they were more self-radicalized and inspired by the group than actually told to do the shooting,” one of the officials said.

Wasn’t it just a little while ago ISIS was exhorting sympathizers to perform “Lone Wolf attacks”?

Mitoch55 on December 5, 2015 at 9:31 AM