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The Bobster
12-04-2015, 06:11 AM
http://nypost.com/2015/12/04/friends-family-recall-those-lost-in-california-massacre/

The victims of California’s killer Muslims
By Sophia Rosenbaum, Laura Italiano and Joe Tacopino
December 4, 2015 | 3:48am

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Victims (clockwise from top left) Bennetta Betbadal, Daniel Kaufman, Shannon Johnson, Sierra Clayborn, Tin Nguyen, Juan Espinoza, Robert Adams and Damian Meins.


Shooting victim Bennetta Betbadal fled “Islamic extremism and the persecution of Christians” in Iran during her youth — but in a cruel twist of fate was gunned down during Wednesday’s San Bernardino rampage.

“It is the ultimate irony that her life would be stolen from her that day by what appears to be the same type of extremism that she fled so many years ago,” a statement from her family read.

Betbadal, 46, was a devout Roman Catholic and initially settled in New York City after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. She eventually moved to California and raised a family.

“Bennetta was proud to work for the people of San Bernardino County,” the statement read. “She loved her job, her community, and her country. Her greatest love, however, was for her husband, her children and her large extended family.”

Another victim ran the coffee shop at the Inland Regional Center, where he was dropped off Wednesday by his boyfriend.

Daniel Kaufman, 42, and his partner :rolleyes:, Ryan Reyes, were texting back and forth until 10:37 a.m., Reyes told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. One text was about a new friend Kaufman had made at a comic-book shop. That was the last Reyes would ever hear from him.

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Victims (from left) Aurora Banales Godoy, Michael Wetzel and Yvette Velasco


Reyes spent the next torturous day, 22 hours in total, waiting for news.

At one point, his hopes rose with the misinformation that Kaufman had merely been shot in the arm and would survive.

Then, Thursday morning, he found out Kaufman was one of the 14 victims slain in Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.

Officials on Thursday released names of the dead. They ranged in age from 26 to 60 and included 45-year-old Shannon Johnson, 26-year-old Aurora Godoy and Sierra Clayborn, 27.

Like many families, Clayborn’s sisters got the dreaded phone call Thursday morning, nearly a day after the shooting, telling her she was dead.

“I’m heartbroken,” Becky Conrad Robinson, who identified herself as Clayborn’s adoptive mother, wrote on Facebook.

Damian Meins, 58, was remembered as a “bright light” by his employer, Juan Perez, who sent an email to fellow employees of the Riverside County Transportation & Land Management Agency to inform them of his senseless death.

Nat Berhe, a fifth-round NFL draft pick for the Giants last year and a San Bernardino native, mourned the loss of his cousin Isaac Amanios, who was killed in the attack.

“He was a great human being,” Berhe wrote. “Thoughts and prayers are with my family back in CA.”

The other slain victims were Robert Adams, 40, Harry Bowman, 46, Juan Espinoza, 50, Tin Nguyen, 31, Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, Yvette Velasco, 27, and Michael Wetzel, 37.

Twenty-one people were wounded in the attack.

The Bobster
12-04-2015, 03:46 PM
http://nypost.com/2015/12/04/killer-wife-in-california-massacre-swore-allegiance-to-isis/

Killer wife pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook during attack
By Jamie Schram and Danika Fears
December 4, 2015 | 10:47am

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The SUV Malik and Farook fled in, after a shootout with cops. Photo: Reuters


The female terrorist who fatally shot 14 people and wounded 21 others in the San Bernardino attack swore allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a Facebook post minutes into the attack, the social media company and federal sources said Friday.

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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Photo: AP


Tashfeen Malik pledged her allegiance to the militant group on an account under a different name at 11 a.m. — the same time people started calling 911 to report the mass shooting, a Facebook executive said.

“Investigators believe this is ISIS-inspired. She pledged her allegiance to al-Baghdadi,” a source briefed on the matter told The Post.

David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said he was “aware” of the posting.

“We are still continuing to look into it,” he said.

When told Facebook confirmed the post was made just as the attack was carried out by Malik and her husband, Syed Farook, Bowdich responded: “I know it was in a general timeline where that post was made, and yes there was a pledge of allegiance.”

The post was later deleted, apparently by Malik, but FBI investigators were able to recover it.

While no other arrests have been made in connection to the case yet, authorities do know who purchased two guns for the couple, Bowdich said.

They’re also looking into “telephonic communications” one of them made with someone the FBI is investigating, he added.

Investigators believe there is a “very serious” possibility that Malik radicalized Farook, whom she married in August 2014, according to Fox News.

Law enforcement sources also told Fox there’s a “very strong” possibility that Malik was her husband’s terror trainer and may have helped him put together pipe bombs.

“We believe they were preparing for additional attacks based on the fact that they had plenty of ammo, weapons and pipe bombs,” a federal source said.

Malik, 27, was born in the Punjab province of Pakistan, but moved to Saudi Arabia with her family 25 years ago.

While living in Saudi Arabia, her father, Gulzar, became more “conservative and hard-line,” a family member told Reuters.

“When relatives visited him, they would come back and tell us how conservative and hard-line he had become,” said Malik’s uncle Javed Rabbani.

Malik returned to Pakistan five or six years ago to study as a pharmacist at Bahauddin Zakariya University in Multan, Pakistani officials told Reuters.

Her father had also built a house in Multan, where he stayed whenever he visited, said another uncle, Malik Anwaar.

voiceofreason
12-05-2015, 05:36 AM
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/12/04/first-look-at-female-suspect-in-san-bernardino-massacre/


First Look At Female Suspect In San Bernardino Massacre
December 4, 2015 6:16 PM

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The first image of accused San Bernardino killer Tashfeen Malik has been released by the media.

Investigators have said she posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS on her facebook page around the same time as when the attacks began.

The FBI says that evidence suggests that both Malik and her husband Sayd Farook were both radicalized by Islamic fundamentalists.

Investigators do not yet know if the pair was inspired by an outside group or acted on their own.

The Bobster
12-05-2015, 06:47 AM
http://nypost.com/2015/12/04/california-killers-link-to-controversial-new-york-mosque/

California killers’ link to controversial New York mosque
By Helen Kumari and Lorena Mongelli
December 4, 2015 | 11:27pm

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This sticker (left) found in the home of Syed Farook (top right) and Tashfeen Malik (bottom right) comes from a mosque in Queens. Photo: Getty Images; AP; ABC News


The California terror couple had an Allah-praising sticker slapped on a dresser drawer in their town house that traces back to a Muslim organization with headquarters in Queens, The Post has learned.

The decal, which has a prayer for coming out of the bathroom, is from the Islamic Circle of North America Sisters’ Wing, and says, “Praise to be Allah Who relieved me from the suffering and gave me relief.”

The mother of terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, attended classes at the ICNA’s Los Angeles branch, and graduated from a course titled “Journey through the Quran Session” in the summer of 2014.

A “certificate of appreciation” awarded to Rafia Farook was found inside the couple’s Redlands home when reporters were allowed to enter on Friday.

The conservative organization, which was first established in 1968 and is headquartered in Jamaica, Queens, has drawn fire from Jewish groups in recent years.

“At the 2010 ICNA-MAS convention in Rosemont, Illinois, several speakers delivered anti-Semitic remarks, including portraying the Jews as having undue influence on the U.S. government and linking Judaism to theft and oppression ;),” the Anti-Defamation League wrote.

They also cited a convention in 2009 in Chicago where religious scholars and activists allegedly called for “the eradication of the state of Israel and accuse the United States government as waging a war against Muslims at home and abroad.”

According to the Albany Times Union, US law-enforcement agencies have investigated the group for terrorist connections, but no one has ever been prosecuted.

And in 2009, five ICNA members from Alexandria, Va., were detained in Pakistan for allegedly trying to join terror groups and fight US forces, according to the ADL.

Following Wednesday’s San Bernardino attack, the ICNA issued a statement saying it is “appalled at today’s mass shooting.”

The husband of Rafia’s teacher, Munira Ahmad, said they knew Rafia and one of Farook’s sisters as part of their congregation.

“We are upset about the killings, too,” Mahmoud Ahmad said. “We cannot believe what has happened to these victims and their families.” :rolleyes:

“We Muslims are uncomfortable with them because they translate the Koran into an out-of-context, absurd ideology,” he added. “They are fanatics and they would not hesitate to kill us, too.”

An assistant imam at ICNA headquarters in Queens also blasted the killers, saying, “We don’t support this type of irrational act.” :rolleyes:

“We have a saying that if you kill one innocent person, it’s like you are killing the entire humanity, and if you save just one person, it is like you are saving the entire humanity,” said Syed Rahman.

The Bobster
12-05-2015, 06:52 AM
http://nypost.com/2015/12/05/islamic-state-says-california-killers-were-their-followers/

ISIS claims responsibility for California massacre
By Reuters
December 5, 2015 | 8:26am

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Tashfeen Malik (left) and Syed Rizwan Farook were married in August 2014. Photo: ABC News/Zuma Wire


Islamic State said on Saturday that a married couple who killed 14 people in California in an attack the FBI is investigating as an “act of terrorism” were followers of the militant group based in Syria and Iraq.

The group’s declaration, in an online radio broadcast comes three days after U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his spouse, Tashfeen Malik, 29, a native of Pakistan, carried out the attack on a holiday party for civil servants in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles.

The two died hours later in a shootout with police.

U.S. government sources have said Malik and her husband may have been inspired by Islamic State, but there was no evidence the attack was directed by the militant group or that the organization even knew who they were. The party the couple attacked was for workers in the same local government agency that employed Farook.

If Wednesday’s mass shooting proves to have been the work of people inspired by Islamist militants, as investigators now suspect, it would mark the deadliest such attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.

“Two followers of Islamic State attacked several days ago a center in San Bernadino in California,” the group’s daily online radio broadcast al-Bayan said on Saturday.

The broadcast came a day after Facebook confirmed that comments praising Islamic State were posted around the time of the mass shooting to an account on the social media website established by Malik under an alias.

However, it was uncertain whether the comments were posted by Malik herself or someone with access to her page.

“I know it was in a general timeline where that post was made, and yes, there was a pledge of allegiance,” David Bowdich, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Los Angeles office, told a news conference about a reported loyalty pledge posted on Facebook by Malik on the day of the attack.

A Facebook Inc spokesman said the profile in question was removed by the company on Thursday for violating its community standards barring promotion or praise for “acts of terror.” He declined to elaborate on the material.

CNN and other news media outlets reported the Facebook posts on Malik’s page included a pledge of allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

FBI officials said mounting signs of advanced preparations, the large cache of armaments amassed by the couple and evidence that they “attempted to destroy their digital fingerprints” helped tip the balance of the investigation.

“Based on the information and the facts as we know them, we are now investigating these horrific acts as an act of terrorism,” Bowdich told reporters.

He said the FBI hoped examination of data retrieved from two smashed cellphones and other electronic devices seized in the investigation would lead to a motive for the attack.

The couple had two assault-style rifles, two semi-automatic handguns, 6,100 rounds of ammunition and 12 pipe bombs in their home or with them when they were killed, officials said. And Bowdich said they may have been planning an additional attack.

Speaking to reporters separately in Washington on Friday, FBI Director James Comey said the investigation pointed to “radicalization of the killers and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations.”

But no evidence has been uncovered yet suggesting the killers were “part of an organized larger group, or form part of a cell,” Comey said. “There is no indication that they are part of a network.”

Bowdich said neither Farook nor Malik had been under investigation by the FBI or other law enforcement agency prior to Wednesday.

And none of the contacts federal agents have since discovered between the couple and the subjects of other FBI inquiries “were of such a significance that it raised these killers up onto our radar screen,” Comey said.

Citing an unnamed federal law enforcement official, the Los Angeles Times reported late on Friday that Farook had “some kind” of contact with people from the Nusra Front and the radical Shabab group in Somalia. But the nature of that contact and with whom was unclear, the Times said.

Obama touts national resilience

President Barack Obama vowed on Saturday in his weekly radio address that federal investigators would find out what motivated the married couple to attack.

“We are strong. And we are resilient. And we will not be terrorized,” Obama said.

Farook family attorneys, holding a news conference in Los Angeles on Friday, denied there was any evidence that either the husband or wife harbored extremist views.

She spoke broken English and her primary language was Urdu, he said, adding, “She was very conservative.” They said Farook, too, largely kept to himself, had few friends and said co-workers sometimes made fun of his beard.

Investigators are looking into a report that Farook had an argument with a co-worker who denounced the “inherent dangers of Islam” prior to the shooting, a U.S. government source said.

Pakistani intelligence officials have contacted Malik’s family in her homeland as part of the investigation, a family member said.

Malik’s uncle, Javed Rabbani, said in an interview with Reuters that the family was “in shock.” He also said his brother, Malik’s father, had become considerably more conservative since moving with his family to Saudi Arabia a quarter century ago.