FBI Director admits to Congress: Effort to force cooperation from Apple in iPhone data “potentially precedential” in other cases.
Group of victims will file legal brief in support of the government’s position to force Apple to unlock terrorist’s phone.
Apple CEO Tim Cook: “The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true.”
Prosecutors: Marquez told investigators he agreed to purchase the weapons because “his appearance was Caucasian,” while Syed Farook “looked Middle Eastern.”
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.
FBI chief: San Bernardino killers expressed support for “jihad and martyrdom” in private communications, but they never did so publicly on social media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Officials in Washington said so far there was no hard evidence of a direct connection between the shooters and any militant group abroad.