Meanwhile, Farook is described in this piece as a “devout Muslim” at a time when devout Muslims are waging war against the U.S. and calling for strikes against civilians inside the country. Yes, not all devout Muslims are waging this war, but the idea that his motive is a mystery is absurd. If a German national committed mass murder on American soil in 1943, no one would be wondering about his motive.
“The striking difference between the San Bernardino suspects and other mass shooters,” by Yanan Wang, Justin Wm. Moyer and Peter Holley, Washington Post, December 3, 2015:
…At a news conference Wednesday, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan identified the suspects killed in the shootout with police as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27.
Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council for American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, told The Washington Post that Farook and Malik had been married for two years and left their 6-month-old child with Farook’s mother that morning.
The couple told the grandmother that they had a doctor’s appointment and needed her to take care of the child, Ayloush said, adding that she had been concerned Farook and his wife might be among the victims of the shooting when neither of them answered their phones. Authorities identified Farook and Malik as the gun-wielding attackers who killed 14 people and wounded 17 others before dying hours later in a shootout with police.
“I have no idea why he would do something like this,” Farhan Khan, who is married to Farook’s sister, said at a news conference held by CAIR late Wednesday night.
That Farhan Khan would run to Hamas-linked CAIR to say this is telling.
The police chief said that while authorities are still searching for a motive, “we have not ruled out terrorism.”
Farook was a San Bernardino County employee who had worked for five years as an environmental health specialist in the public health department, which was hosting the holiday party where the shooting occurred Wednesday. According to state employee records, Farook’s total compensation in 2013, including salary and benefits, was $71,230.
Farook was born in the United States, Burguan confirmed. Malik was born in Pakistan and spent time in Saudi Arabia before marrying Farook, said Ayloush, the Muslim community leader.
Farook was born in Illinois after his parents immigrated to the United States from Pakistan, Ayloush told The Post….
The dating profile, posted to a site “for people with disabilities and second marriage,” includes a description that matches what is known of Farook so far.
Second marriage? I.e., polygamy?
The profile’s “About Him” section introduces someone who works for the county as a “health, safety and envorimental [sic] inspector.” It further states that he is from a religious but modern family of four, lives with his parents and enjoys working on cars as well as “just hang out in back yard doing target pratice [sic] with younger sister and friends.”
In interviews with the Los Angeles Times, Farook’s co-workers in the public health department said he was “quiet and polite, with no obvious grudges.”
“He never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious,” Griselda Reisinger said.
Fellow inspectors Patrick Baccari and Christian Nwadike said the “tall, thin young man with a full beard” rarely started conversations, but he was well-liked and spent a lot of time in the field.
They said Farook recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, coming back with a wife he had met online. He was a devout Muslim but didn’t discuss religion at work….