San Bernardino Killers Did Not Post Public Terror Messages

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

FBI: San Bernardino attackers didn’t show public support for jihad on social media.

NEW YORK — The two attackers who opened fire in San Bernardino, Calif., earlier this month had not posted publicly on social media sites about supporting jihad, FBI Director James B. Home-made bombs were found at the scene of the rampage and 5,000 rounds of ammunition, 12 pipe bombs and equipment to make more were discovered at the home they shared with their baby daughter.

I’ve seen some reporting on that and that’s a garble.” These communications took place in late 2013, before Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik got engaged, married and then lived together in the United States. Isis praised the pair as “martyrs” through its official propaganda channels days after the mass shooting, calling them “followers of the Islamic State”.

Mr Comey said Isis has “revolutionised” terrorism by seeking to inspire small-scale individual attacks around the world through social media, encrypted communications and slickly produced propaganda. “Your parents’ al-Qaeda was a very different model than the threat we face today,” he added, saying hundreds of separate investigations were underway in almost every US state into plots potentially inspired by Isis. Mr Comey assured the audience that he was convinced security services and technology companies could overcome encryption concealing communication between extremists. Discussing the group’s use of social media to radicalise recruits, he continued: “Twitter works as a way to sell books, as a way to promote movies, and it works as a way to crowdsource terrorism – to sell murder.” Comey was speaking at 1 Police Plaza, the police department’s headquarters in Lower Manhattan, at an event commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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