“O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” (Psalm 10:17-18 )
The Islamic State (ISIS) expressed support for the shooting in San Bernadino , California on Wednesday that left 14 dead and 21 injured. On the Iraq-based al-Bayan Report on an ISIS-affiliated radio station, ISIS declared on Saturday “We pray to God to accept them as martyrs”, calling them “two supporters of the Islamic State”, and stated that they supported the actions of the killers. They did not claim the married couple was members of ISIS, as they usually do when claiming credit for an attack
The FBI stated on Friday that it was treating the incident as a terror attack. FBI Director James Corney stated that they suspect, “radicalization by the killers and the potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations.”
Tashfin Maleek, the 27 year old Pakistani wife of Syed Farook, allegedly declared allegiance to ISIS on a Facebook account during the attack, praising ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. She entered the United States on a K-1 visa, allowing people to enter the US to marry American citizens, in July 2014. Farook was born in Chicago to Pakistani parents and raised in California. They were married in August 2014 and she passed a Homeland Security check, being awarded a Green Card in July 2015.
US President Barack Obama speculated on Thursday that the killings were a case of workplace violence, since it was at a Christmas party for the environmental health department in San Bernardino, Farook’s employer.
In his weekly radio address on Saturday, he speculated that it may indeed be a terror attack.
“It is entirely possible that these two attackers were radicalized to commit this act of terror. And if so, it would underscore a threat we’ve been focused on for years-the danger of people succumbing to violent extremist ideologies.”
“We know that ISIL (ISIS) and other terrorist groups are actively encouraging people – around the world and in our country – to commit terrible acts of violence, oftentimes as lone wolf actors.”
He also blamed a loophole in the gun laws, urging Congress to deal with it.
“Right now, people on the no-fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That is insane,” he said. “If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun.”
If proven to be a terrorist attack, this will be the deadliest attack on American soil since 9/11 in 2001. It is also the nation’s worst mass shooting since the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012.