Published: Mon, December 21, 2015
World | By Paul Elliott

Federal Bureau of Investigation concludes search of San Bernardino lake at this time

Federal Bureau of Investigation concludes search of San Bernardino lake at this time

FILE - This undated combination of file photos provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, left, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. But officials said there is little evidence that Marquez and his wife acted like a couple. Farook asked Marquez to buy the rifles because he was anxious he wouldn't pass the background check himself.

President Barack Obama and officials such as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson have said that visa procedures will be reviewed because of the attack.

In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, the immigrant screening process has been singled out as a major vulnerability in the nation's defense against terrorism. Investigators believe the hard drive was removed as a way to hide information about the crime.

Tashfeen Malik, the Pakistani woman who killed 14 people with her husband in San Bernardino earlier this month, openly advocated violent jihad on her social media accounts before coming to the USA, but government officials approved her fiancé visa anyway, The New York Times reports.

On social media, Fehda Malik has made provocative comments of her own.

One of the items divers likely are looking for is a missing hard drive from the couple's computer.

In a statement released Friday evening, U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz, whose district includes the area in which the mosque is located, called on authorities to investigate the blaze as a possible hate crime. She also said that her sister was religious, studied the holy book and prayed five times a day.

The FBI said Farook had ties to a group of jihadists arrested in California three years ago for attempting to travel to Afghanistan to join al Qaeda. It is still unclear how close Farook was to the would-be recruiter, who was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison for providing material support to terrorists. On Thursday, the FBI admitted investigators were looking for "anything that had to do" with the massacre.

Farook was self-radicalizing around that time, FBI Director James Comey said, and met Malik soon after, eventually marrying her and bringing her to the United States.

Online communications recovered so far indicate that the two killers had become radicalized long before carrying out last week's attack.

Investigators were searching for a digital trail in the attack saying the couple had attempted to destroy evidence with two cell phones found in a dumpster near their home after the attack.

Authorities also said Farook and Malik had been practicing their shooting skills at a local gun range for more than a year before the attack at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center.

 

He practiced shooting an AR-15. But the search turned up nothing related to the investigation, a law enforcement source said. The FBI was at the range Monday night asking questions and showing pictures of another male (not Farook), asking if that man had ever been to the range. Malik, a Pakistan native, pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook moments before opening fire, investigators said.

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