CNN’s Chris Cuomo sits down with the San Bernardino shooters’ family attorneys. Chris Cuomo doesn’t disappoint in our low expectation of him. Remember how hostile he was with me? Watch him boot-lick the family members’ lawyers and leave so many questions unanswered.
I am struck by the hostile, unrepentant tone of the family. The family blames the victims, saying that Farook’s co-workers once teased him about his beard. Liars. As if that might even come close to a justification.
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They go on to say that it had nothing to do with religion. “There is no evidence of any religious connection.” They said they met with the FBI and the FBI says there is no terror connection. “We were in interviews with the FBI for three hours today and there is no evidence.” “No one has been able to find anything.”
The FBI has taken the lead in the case because it is terrorism and they have classified it as such.
NY Times: WASHINGTON — On the day she and her husband killed 14 people and wounded 21 others in San Bernardino, Calif., a woman pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a Facebook post, officials said Friday, as the F.B.I. announced that it was treating the massacre as an act of terrorism.
“The investigation so far has developed indications of radicalization by the killers, and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations,” the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said at a news conference here. But he said that investigators had not found evidence that the killers were part of a larger group or terrorist cell. The couple died in a shootout with the police on Wednesday.
Chris Cuomo does not pursue this. He never mentions that Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to the caliph of ISIS during the bloody slaughter, or that she was linked to Pakistan’s most radical mosque.
The tone of the family is hostile. When asked about Farook’s trip to Saudi Arabia, they insist it was a righteous trip. He was making his pilgrimage — the haj — as if that somehow exonerates Farook. If anything, it’s an indictment. It is proof of his piety and religiosity, which is consistent with all jihad attackers.
They go on to say the wife had no role in the murder or in the planning. This is morbidly comical, because according to numerous news reports, she is alleged to have “radicalized” her husband.
They go on to say they were a very close-knit family. Very close — and yet in the same breath, we are expected to believe that none of the family members knew anything. Why didn’t Cuomo ask about the bomb-making factory in the garage? They never saw all the equipment and materials such an operation would require? The neighbors were suspicious but the family wasn’t?
Attorney Muhammad said Tashfeen took the mother to the house. Are we expected to believe that the mother never saw anything?
The constant use of the word “conservative” (a euphemism for fanatical and devout) is deliberate, too. The Farooks were the opposite of conservative: they were extreme.
Asking about Tahfeen Malik, Cuomo asked: “Was she known to have different views on faith as the family?”
Mohammed Abuershaid: “No, She’s Muslim and so are they. It’s the same view.”
US officials told their Pakistani counterparts yesterday that Tashfeen Malik was linked to the country’s most notorious mosque.
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And in this video, the family attorneys say they didn’t do it, insisting that Tashfeen was “too skinny to hold a gun.”
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.