The San Bernardino attackers have been portrayed as self-radicalized and therefore an isolated case, but news out late yesterday ought to be raising alarm bells in our intelligence apparatus:
Gunman Syed Farook received a $28,500 deposit to his bank account nearly two weeks before he and his wife unleashed a deadly terrorist attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, according to a Fox News report.
Farook withdrew $10,000 and then transferred an additional $15,000 to an account believed to be tied to his live-in mother, Rafia Farook, the report stated citing an anonymous source close to the investigation.
The Nov. 18 deposit suggests Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, plotted their attack well in advance of the Dec. 2 rampage at a holiday banquet for his employer, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.
The deposit also suggests some third party involvement in their plot. Where did this money come from?
Meanwhile, over in France, a raid on a mosque has found a significant cache of ammunition:
PARIS (AFP) – Kalashnikov ammunition and Islamic State propaganda videos were seized in raids following the closure of a mosque in the Paris suburbs, French authorities said Sunday.
The prayer hall in Lagny-sur-Marne, around 30 kilometres (18 miles) east of the capital, was shut down last Wednesday following a large-scale police operation.
Associated with the traditionalist Salafist branch of Islam, it is the third mosque in France to be closed after the coordinated jihadist attacks on Paris on November 13.
The prefect — the highest representative of the state — in the Seine-and-Marne department said Sunday “7.62mm ammunition for a Kalashnikov rifle and propaganda videos” for the Islamic State group had been found in raids linked to the closure of the prayer hall.
The San Bernardino shooters—just happy to be in America: