San Bernardino terrorists didn’t post public messages, FBI Director James …

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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. The revelation about the private messages comes after US security officials were criticised for not checking killer Malik’s social media before admitting her to the US in 2014. I’ve seen some reporting on that, and that’s a garble.” Comey’s comments about these private messages contradicted a report in the New York Times saying that one of the attackers “talked openly on social media” about violent jihad.

He also said that Muhammed Youssef Abduladeez, who killed four Marines and a Navy soldier in Chattanooga, Tennessee, this year, was inspired by a foreign terror group, the first such admission from the FBI. His remarks also undermined assertions made during the Republican presidential debate Tuesday night that the government missed warning signs that could have prevented that same attacker from obtaining a visa.

The FBI previously said Farook’s wife seemingly pledged allegiance to the leader of Islamic State before launching the sickening assault , something it now denies. Sources close to the investigation confirmed that they had found a message of support to IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – but did not explain how they knew Malik, 27, had made the post.

Others added that Malik expressed “admiration” for al-Baghdadi but there was no sign anyone affiliated with IS replied or that any operational instructions were passed to her. The FBI confirmed it is probing the massacre as an act of terrorism and the couple’s family have been contacted in Pakistan as they build up information on their movements. Crude devices were left behind at the scene of the massacre and defused by bomb squads, and a dozen more were recovered at the killers’ rented home. Ted Cruz of Texas criticized the Department of Homeland Security and said officials had overlooked such a post. “It’s not a lack of competence that is preventing the Obama administration from stopping these attacks,” Cruz said during the debate. “It is political correctness.

So far, Comey said, the FBI hadn’t turned up any indications that Farook had connections to any of the four California men charged in 2012 with plotting to travel overseas and kill Americans. Investigators believe that Farook might have been taking steps in 2012 to mount an attack against a high school or college but got spooked after the men were arrested. In the bulletin released Wednesday, the department also warned Americans to expect stronger security at public places and events as well as an increased law enforcement presence.

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