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No Evidence California Attackers Were Part Of Terrorist Cell: FBI Head

There is no evidence a married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell, the head of the FBI said on Wednesday, confirming that investigators believe the pair were inspired but not directed by Islamic State.

December 16, 2015

San Bernardino Attacker Was ‘Normal Guy’ While Practicing At Shooting Range

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik had been radicalized “for quite some time” and practiced shooting at a gun range days before they opened fire on a San Bernardino holiday party, authorities said Monday.

December 8, 2015

Shooting Victim’s Widow Says Husband Was Targeted Over Beliefs

The widow of a man killed in last week’s rampage in San Bernardino said Monday that she believed the two shooters targeted her husband. “I know my husband discussed religion and Israel with a lot of people, including” one of the shooters, his wife said.

December 8, 2015

Analysis: For Obama, Bigger Stage, Bolder Words, Same Policy

Much of Obama’s failure to drive the conversation his way — that his strategy against the Islamic State is working however slowly — stems from his own rhetoric, particularly his reluctance to speak in anger or alarm about terrorism.

December 8, 2015

Lone Wolf Terrorists Continue To Confound Law Enforcement

The San Bernardino massacre, which killed 14 people, has focused new attention on “lone wolf” terrorists who plan attacks away from traditional high-profile targets without directly coordinating with others.

December 8, 2015

Did Shooters’ Dynamic As A Couple Unleash A Terror They Couldn’t Have Done Alone?

Syed Farook was Chicago-born, with Pakistani roots. He didn’t drink or smoke. He avoided TV and movies, preferring instead to tinker with old cars, work out and memorize the Quran. He had a $49,000-a-year government job as a health inspector and wanted a young wife who shared his Sunni Muslim faith.

December 8, 2015

Obama Acknowledges Americans’ Fear Of Terrorism But Vows To Overcome Threat

President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to hunt down anyone plotting militant attacks against the United States as he sought to reassure Americans after a deadly California shooting rampage that has raised new questions about U.S. defenses against homegrown extremism.

December 6, 2015

Shootings Sharpen Debate On U.S. Electronic Surveillance Powers

The San Bernardino shootings are reviving a debate about Washington’s digital surveillance effort to find and capture violent extremists, with the recent shutdown of a U.S. cellphone spying program coming under renewed criticism.

December 6, 2015
Weapons confiscated from last Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino, California

Easy Access To Assault Weapons Is Still Gospel On The Right

No matter what inspired the couple, whether Islamist extremism or perceived workplace grievances, they were mimicking countless other American mass shooters who find some twisted glory in gunning down other citizens — strangers, passers-by, co-workers, moviegoers, schoolchildren. This is a peculiarly American phenomenon, a homegrown form of madness.

December 5, 2015

The Problem Is Unfettered Access To Guns And Ammo

If you hope the San Bernardino deaths will move minds to limit access to guns by those who would cause such carnage, think again. That’s not how fear works in America. We freak out first. Wisdom comes later, if at all.

December 4, 2015

Tashfeen Malik Got Resident Status Via Marriage. What Does That Mean For Visas — And Syrian Refugees?

The woman who helped kill 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday arrived in the United States last year on a special visa reserved for the fiances of U.S. citizens.

December 4, 2015

California Massacre Shooter May Be Linked To Islamic State: Sources

U.S. investigators are evaluating evidence that Malik, a Pakistani native who had been living in Saudi Arabia when she married Farook, had pledged allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, two U.S. officials told Reuters.

December 4, 2015