Each day, investigators learn more about the radicalization of Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik. This CNN article, for instance, notes that the Farooks “were looking to be radical and attach themselves to (a group).” Let’s remember that President Obama said in his speech Sunday night that the FBI didn’t have “evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas, or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home.”
President Obama’s statement isn’t credible in light of the fact that the FBI has connected Mohamed Hassan, a top ISIS recruiter, to the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Rod Wheeler reported that “there have been some communications between Farook and Hassan over the past month or so. So the FBI is connecting those dots at this time.”
Multiple news organizations from Minnesota have reported that Hassan has turned himself in to the Somali government. This report says that “Mohamed Hassan surrendered to Somalia’s federal government on Nov. 6.”
With the FBI determining that a major terrorist recruiter for ISIS, Mohamed Hassan, had contacted Syed Farook a month or so before the San Bernardino terrorist attack, it’s important to say that President Obama’s statement that the Farooks weren’t “directed by a terrorist organization overseas” isn’t accurate any more. Add to those facts that a $28,500 deposit was wired into Syed Farook’s account. That essentially means that the lone gunman theory is worthless.
That doesn’t mean that all of the terrorists’ dots have been connected. If Hassan surrendered to Somalia’s federal government on Nov. 6, then it means that Hassan couldn’t have wired the $28,500 into Syed Farook’s account 2 weeks before the terrorist attack. That means that the FBI needs to find out who wired that money into Farook’s account.
If they can identify that person, the FBI might be able to capture him and start rolling up that terrorist network.
One inescapable truth is that the Obama administration missed connecting some highly visible dots that might’ve prevented this terrorist attack. One of those dots is the Pakistani school that Tashfeen Malik attended for a year. That should’ve triggered a red flag. That should’ve been enough to reject Malik’s application for a fiancee visa.
Another thing that should’ve been caught was the deposit. All deposits that exceed $10,000 have to be reported without exception. The FBI should’ve been contacted so they could look into this transaction. Why weren’t they contacted? Whose responsibility was it to notify authorities?
Here’s what we know:
- This investigation is closer to the start than the finish.
- Americans aren’t certain they can trust President Obama to protect them from future terrorist attacks.
- ISIS isn’t contained.
- President Obama got it wrong when he said that there wasn’t an imminent threat of a terrorist attack against the homeland.
That’s a disturbing set of facts.