California shooters discussed martyrdom before meeting: FBI

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California shooters radicalized before they started dating: FBI.

The terrorist couple behind the San Bernardino massacre became Islamic radicals even before they met on the internet two years ago, the head of the FBI said Wednesday.While testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey said that “encryption is getting in the way of our ability to have court orders” effectively gather information on suspected terrorists. Comey publicly acknowledged for the first time that the FBI still has not cracked any of the 109 encrypted messages sent between one of the Garland shooters and an “overseas terrorist.” COMEY: I’m limited in what I can say about Paris or San Bernardino, but let me give you a recent example.

Later in the hearing he added that their radicalization occurred prior to the rise of the Islamic State. “ISIL inspiration may well have been part of this, but these two killers were starting to radicalize through martyrdom and jihad” as early as 2013, Comey said. Malik’s extremist views went undetected during the vetting process for the visa that allowed her to enter the United States in July 2014, Comey said.

In May, when two terrorists attempted to kill a whole lot of people in Garland, TX [inaudible] through the action of great, local law enforcement — that morning, when one of those terrorists left to commit mass murder, he exchanged 109 messages with an overseas terrorist. Comey also said that Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were inspired by foreign terrorist organizations, has he provided more details about the husband-and-wife team whose apparent terrorist attack was the most deadly on U.S. soil since 9/11. ISIS has claimed responsibility for various terror attacks, including the latest Paris slaughter and the bombing of a Russian tourist flight, along with the beheadings of innocent hostages.

We have no idea what was said because those messages were encrypted, and to this day I can’t tell you what he said with that terrorist. 109 times the morning of that attack. The FBI director added that it was unclear if the Farook-Malik cyber-romance was arranged by a terrorist group aware of their inclinations, or if it developed on its own. Although Comey said it is not clear at this point if the marriage was arranged or the couple connected on their own, he acknowledged it would be a big deal if terrorist organizations were able to arrange marriages. “Don’t let these savages paralyze you,” Comey said. “We are better organized today than we were on Sept. 11th.” He said there were “many” terrorist attempts the FBI had thwarted people will never know about.

The couple, who lived quietly in a two-bedroom townhouse with their 6-month-old daughter and Farook’s mother, killed 14 people and wounded 21 last Wednesday before dying in a shootout with police in San Bernardino, Calif., about four hours later. Though he said the Obama administration was not seeking to address concerns over data encryption on smartphones, he said he remained concerns that criminals, terrorists and spies were using such technology to evade detection. The official, who had been briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, would not further characterize the nature of the deposit or what was suspicious about it. America’s counterterrorism infrastructure has had success flagging individuals who try to travel abroad to fight alongside militants, fund operations overseas or who communicate online with overseas terrorists.

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