The FBI determined that the couple who killed fourteen in the California town of San Berardino were radicalized before they came they were married. Some information we found on Twitter, lead us to see that she’d been a part of a group of radicals in Pakistan prior to coming to the United States.
While Donald Trump is calling to block all Muslims from entering the United States, others are pointing out that such action is about as counter to the Constitution as you can get, and another sign of Trump’s fascism. Many Muslim American groups are pointing out that they’re the best weapon against these attacks, they’ve been able to thwart previous attacks through tip sharing and information gathering. Furthermore the point has been made that while some are calling for better surveillance of Mosques, others are showing that ISIS has instructed radicals to stay away from Mosques, as they’re the antidote to the isolation and control ISIS hopes to have over the individuals. These are important facts to remember.
“These two killers were radicalized for quite a long time,” Comey [Director of the FBI]told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday regarding the couple behind last week’s San Bernardino shootings that killed 14 people. “Our investigation to date shows that they were radicalized before they started courting or dating each other online, and as early as the end of 2013, were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and married and were living in the U.S.”
Supporting the concerns were new allegations that Malik gave an incorrect address in Pakistan on her K-1 visa application in what investigators say was an attempt to hide her family’s ties to Islamic militant elements in the Punjab area.
“We now know that Ms. Malik, one of the San Bernardino attackers, arrived in the United States on a fiancée visa,” said Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “This is yet another example of the failure of the screening process for those entering the United States. Our government apparently didn’t catch the false address in Pakistan she listed on her application or other possible signs that she was radicalized or an operative.”