Wednesday, December 2, 2015

UPDATED: San Bernardino & Islamic Terrorism in America: Headlines reveal extent of threat

UPDATED 10:40PM EST -  Father of San Bernardino shooting suspect says shooter is “very religious” Muslim: NY Daily News reports, "A man who identified himself as Farook’s father told the Daily News his son worked as a health technician inspecting restaurants and hotels… 'He was very religious. He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim'.”

UPDATED 9:30PM EST - NBC News announces one suspect may be a man named "Syed Farook." On CNN, Former CIA case officer Robert Baer said "the most disturbing aspect of the deadly San Bernardino shooting is that it was carried out using tactics that are employed in the Middle East."

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With the San Bernardino CA mass shooting still unfolding, there are several reports being confirmed of a "Middle Eastern Male," a "female Arabic" suspect, and a Muslim name of one of the suspects. Here are key headlines, followed by related stories of Islamic terrorism in America:

NBC reports name of one attacker as Syed Farook:
(9:01PM EST): Multiple sources from multiple agencies identified one of the three attackers at the resource center to NBC News as Syed Farook. No other information was available, but a knowledgeable source said another member of the trio is believed to be Farook's brother. 
The identity of the woman was unknown. [See below for police scanner report on "female Arabic".] 
David Bowdich, the FBI's assistant director in Los Angeles, said the incident was being regarded as "possibly terrorism." He wouldn't elaborate. 

  • 6:15 p.m. (PST): NBC News investigative reporter Tom Winter reports that law enforcement sources indicate one suspect may be a man named Sayeed Farook. 
  • The Los Angeles Times reports that its sources indicate the lead gunman was a U.S. citizen. 
  • 6:00 p.m.: Adelle Nazarian of Breitbart News notes that CNN analysts say the attack looks like terrorism: 
  • Speaking on CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett Wednesday, former CIA case officer Robert Baer said the most “disturbing” aspect of the deadly San Bernardino shooting is that it was carried out using tactics that are employed in the Middle East. “What I don’t like about this shooting is multiple shooters… IEDs… I say this very reluctantly, but this has the hallmarks of the sort of attacks you see in the Middle East,” Baer said. Former FBI special agent Robert Chacon agreed with Baer’s assertions later on in the show. 
  • 4:13 p.m. (PST): Vicki Cervantes of the San Bernadino Police Department told reporters that one suspect is down, one being “dealt with,” and another possible being pursued. Another update is promised at 4:45 p.m. PST... 
  • One report indicates that ISIS supporters are celebrating the attack on Twitter. 
  • 3:55 p.m.: Police scanner reports one suspect as “female Arabic.” [...] 
  • 2:30 p.m.: Police told reporters at the news conference that they can neither confirm nor deny the shooting is a terrorist attack. The FBI has said similar things, according to Fox News, which adds that police say that “at minimum, we have a domestic terror situation.” The suspects came as if “on a mission.” It appears less likely that this is a workplace shooting or a random attack... 
  • 2:00 p.m.: San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan told a news conference that there are at least 14 dead and 14 injured... 
  • 1:20 p.m.: Unconfirmed police scanner reports indicate: “Man in military fatigues currently at Roberts Elementary school.” The scanner also reports a “Middle Eastern male” with “long beard, tactical shorts and a backpack.”

Mass shooting in California, at least 20 victims, suspect Farooq Saeed sought
4:48pm EST - RT France, not the American media, is reporting the name of the suspect: Police are searching for Middle Eastern males...

Additional headlines on Islamic threats in America:

With as many as 1,000 active cases, at least 48 ISIS suspects are considered so high risk that the FBI is using its elite tracking squads known as the mobile surveillance teams or MST to track them domestically.

Wanted to join the Islamic State, after discarding a plan to blow up the subway in Los Angeles...

The Islamic State has likely radicalized thousands of people in the United States, according to a new report, raising concerns that supporters of the terrorist group could be plotting domestic attacks similar to the recent shootings and bombings in Paris... 

Alabama woman one of 300 Americans using social media to recruit for ISIS...

Active legal cases against ISIS supporters by state.