Trump’s Luck is the pattern that whenever the national media announces that This Time, Trump Has Gone Too Far, the next day’s headlines will be about some outrage validating Trump’s general point. For example, remember last summer when everybody respectable was worked up over Trump saying the Mexican ruling class dumps their unwanted, low quality people on America as illegal aliens and … a five time deported Mexican illegal alien murdered that poor lady on the waterfront in San Francisco?
Today, the FBI investigation into San Bernardino is turning up all sorts of details that would be hilarious if there weren’t so many dead people.
From the New York Times today:
New Timeline Raises Questions of Vetting Over San Bernardino Attacker’s Visa
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and SALMAN MASOOD DEC. 9, 2015
WASHINGTON — The couple at the center of last week’s massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., had been radicalized before their marriage, and the husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, might have plotted an attack as far back as 2012 with one of his longtime friends, senior law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
So the San Berdoo Two was sort of the Trio from San Bernardio?
That would be Walmart security guard Enrique Marquez, Farook’s old school buddy and some kind of brother-in-law, who converted to Islam.
Who is this guy anyway? He looks like he could be a backup dancer for Selena Gomez. Is he Mexican? Filipino? He looks like that gay Filipino illegal alien publicity hound who is always denouncing Trump. Can’t Walmart afford more intimidating-looking guards?
How did he afford an Eastern European bride, who is apparently the sister of Farook’s brother’s wife? Was she that desperate for a Green Card? Was she misinformed about how close San Bernardino is to Rodeo Drive? Exactly what kind of chain migration conveyor belt is going on here?
Like I said yesterday, I haven’t seen much evidence that many Latinos are getting interested in Islam, but if they are, that would be bad. There aren’t a lot of Idea Men among Mexican-Americans, but Islam generates chip on the shoulder crazies with dreams of glory on a disproportionate scale.
The new timeline suggests that Mr. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were considering violent action before the Islamic State rose to prominence in 2014 and began trying to inspire sympathizers to carry out attacks in the West. And the disclosures raise questions about how thoroughly American law enforcement and immigration officials vetted the wife before giving her a visa to enter the United States from Pakistan a year before the shooting, which left 14 dead and 21 wounded.
So maybe that HORRIBLE idea about a moratorium on Muslim immigration until government officials figure out what’s going on is maybe not so crazy.
Oh, and the vetting given to Syrian refugees? Maybe, in reality, that’s no more bulletproof than those 14 people at the Holiday Party …
“ISIL inspiration may well have been part of this, but these two killers were starting to radicalize towards martyrdom and jihad as early as 2013,” the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, using an acronym for the Islamic State.
I thought it said Farook and Marquez were discussing a terrorist attack in 2012?
“And so that’s really before ISIL became the global jihad leader that it is.”
So, maybe the current terrorism isn’t just a one time thing involving ISIS/ISIL/Potayto/Potahto that will no doubt go away, it’s … an Islamic thing that will in the long run be around in rough proportion to the proportion of Muslims who are around.
Mr. Comey said the F.B.I. still believed that the couple had been inspired by foreign extremist groups but that it had not found evidence the husband and wife team was ordered to attack by the Islamic State or any other group. …
The account of a possible attack in 2012, came from Enrique Marquez, a longtime friend and former neighbor of Mr. Farook’s, according to law enforcement officials who would only speak anonymously about a continuing investigation.
Mr. Marquez, a Walmart clerk who converted to Islam several years ago and either sold or gave Mr. Farook the two assault rifles used in last week’s attack on county public health workers in San Bernardino, has told the authorities that in 2012 he and Mr. Farook had plans for an attack at that time.
The Religion of Peace.
It is not clear why they decided not to go forward with it.
Maybe one of them decided it wasn’t, on the whole, all things considered, really a good idea.
Mr. Marquez, whose wife is a sister-in-law to Mr. Farook’s brother, has also told investigators that Mr. Farook had radical beliefs but that he did not know Mr. Farook and his wife were plotting the recent shootings or what may have motivated them.
The authorities are still seeking to corroborate what Mr. Marquez is telling them. Because he provided two of the four weapons used by the attackers, some investigators have questioned his credibility, thinking that he might exaggerate what he knows about the couple to win favor with the authorities.
In addition, Mr. Marquez is said to have mental health issues. Shortly after the attacks, he checked himself into a mental health facility in California. He has not been charged or detained.
In Mr. Comey’s appearance on Capitol Hill, he said that the couple, who some relatives say met on an online dating site, had radicalized at least as far back as two years ago.
They were “talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and married and were living in the U.S.,” Mr. Comey said.
It’s nice to see young people brought together by their shared hobbies and ideas.
He said that the “investigation to date shows that they were radicalized before they started courting or dating each other online.”
Mr. Comey said the conclusion came from “data” and intelligence that American authorities had obtained.
Ms. Malik declared allegiance to the Islamic State in a Facebook post around the time of last week’s shooting, which led the authorities to conclude that the shooting was a terrorist attack.
But the authorities say that the couple may have decided to commit terrorism in the name of the Islamic State late in the planning process, after their views had hardened and they had already committed to violence.
Officials have discovered a potential link between the attackers and Islamic extremism.
With some members of Congress asking how Ms. Malik had been cleared for a K-1 visa to come to the United States, a spokesman for the State Department, John Kirby, said Wednesday that “it’s too soon to know what, if anything, might have been missed in the screening process” that allowed Ms. Malik to enter the country on the special 90-day visa for people planning to marry Americans. President Obama has asked for the department to review the program.
Mr. Kirby added that “if in the context or in the process of the review we find things that we can do, we’re not going to wait for the review to be complete before we make the changes.”
“But clearly,” he added, “we’re going to keep an open mind about the program going forward and make whatever changes we need to make.”
In other words, it sounds like the man with the plan was on the right track:
(New York, NY) December 7th, 2015, — Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.
More from the NYT:
More details about Mr. Farook and Ms. Malik and their relationship emerged Wednesday in interviews with family members, neighbors and classmates in California and in Saudi Arabia — including a fateful meeting at Islam’s holiest site that pushed the couple toward marriage.
Speaking by telephone from Saudi Arabia, Ms. Malik’s father, Gulzar Ahmed Malik, recounted a meeting between him and his wife and Mr. Farook’s mother during the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Saudi city of Mecca, in July 2013.
Like I’ve been saying ever since Razib pointed it out years ago, the increase in pilgrimages to Mecca has spread Meccan fundamentalism all over the Islamic world, making Muslims more homogeneous and extremist.
In an encounter just outside the Kaaba, the cuboid building at the center of Islam’s holiest mosque, Mr. Farook’s mother, Rafia, told the Pakistani couple that her family sought a “pious, religious girl” to marry their son, he said.
Mr. Malik replied that he was looking for a similar match for his daughter, and that he liked the young American man because, like his daughter, he had memorized the Quran.
An arranged marriage or a love match brought together by their mutual hatred of infidels?
The couple married months later by telephone, as allowed under Islamic custom, Mr. Malik said, and they held a celebration in the Saudi city of Jidda in July 2014, shortly after Ms. Malik had obtained her visa from the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Ms. Malik’s state of mind at that time is a point of intense focus for American investigators.
But apparently it wasn’t of intense interest to the American bureaucrats who gave her a visa to immigrate here.
… At home, her father said, she spent much of her time alone in her room, studying for university or reading the Quran. “She was always busy in her studies,” he said. …
New clues also surfaced on Wednesday about what the husband and wife team might have been planning. According to law enforcement officials, the couple had not finished building at least some of the dozen pipe bombs that were found in their home, leading investigators to believe they had a much larger attack planned for the future.
In addition, although Mr. Farook had smashed his cellphones and taken steps to delete files from his computer, the F.B.I. has been able to retrieve photos from them. One of the photos is of a local high school, suggesting to investigators that it may have been viewed as a target.
Law enforcement officials have also found that Mr. Farook had contacts with six people in Orange County, Calif., who federal authorities had scrutinized at some point in recent years for their apparent ties to terrorism. While officials do not believe these people were involved in the massacre, the connections have suggested to investigators that Mr. Farook was associating with like-minded people.