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Religion could not have inspired ‘devout’ Muslim killer

Religion could not have inspired ‘devout’ Muslim killer

The father of Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, who launched yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack in California together with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, insists that his son was ‘very religious’ and is ‘shocked’ at suggestions that religion may have been a motivating factor in the attack that saw at least 14 people killed and 21 injured.

Co-workers also expressed similar disbelief that religious extremism drove Farook, above, to kill. Griselda Reisinger, a former co-worker, said:

He never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious.

Farook and Malik were killed on Wednesday, not during their  attack on the San Bernadino Inland Regional Centre but during a bloody shootout with police. During that shootout and their attack on the centre, they wore tactical-style body armour and were equipped with multiple guns, all of which were obtained legally, according to San Bernardino police.

Police chief Jarrod Burguan said the couple also had an enormous amount of ammunition and 12 crude pipe bombs in their home, including “hundreds of tools” that could have been used to construct more bombs.

The couple also allegedly placed a pipe bomb at the centre, but the remote control they built to set it off did not work correctly and the device did not detonate.

FBI Los Angeles Assistant Director David Bowdich told reporters today:

There was obviously a mission here. We know that. We do not know why.

As authorities continue to probe the motivation for the attack, some noted that Farook had been involved in a workplace dispute at the Inland Centre, where a holiday party for his department was taking place.

The nature of that dispute has not been revealed, but Farook reportedly stormed out in anger before returning later with his wife, both dressed in tactical armor and donning assault rifles.

11 responses to “Religion could not have inspired ‘devout’ Muslim killer”

  1. John the Drunkard says:

    Still very early to decipher much from the ‘News-Like Verbiage’ being churned out by the media in advance of actual facts.

    The killers, it seems, were NOT wearing body armor. But the questions continue to pile up unanswered. Even as to the possible existence of a third suspect.

    1. Farook leaves the party and returns with his wife, both of them in military drag and armed with AR-15s and handguns.

    How long was he away? Did he drive home? Was the SUV waiting with gear and guns somewhere nearby? Was there a dispute at the event, or was Farook (or someone else) scouting for the presence of specific victims.

    2. A ‘suspected explosive device’ detonated by police at the scene. 12 pipe bombs in Farook’s house.

    Was it a real ‘device’ or just a suspicious bag/package? Any knowledge about the bombs and ammunition stored in the house? Ammunition for the guns with the suspects or other makes/calibres? Was the claim of ‘remote control’ justified by the actual object?

    3. Their child was left with family the day before. Implying a shared premeditation.

    But such a bizarre event. A ‘going postal’ workplace rage shooting? Another ‘sudden jihad syndrome’ mental breakdown? But in both of these types of crimes, who has committed them as a couple? A couple with a n infant child no less.

  2. Trevor Blake says:

    “There was obviously a mission here. We know that. We do not know why.”

    Perhaps if we never offend the Muslim world by holding them, as individuals and as a group, to the lowest of standards for moral behavior, technological progress and cultural advancement, perhaps if we never offend them by not noticing what they do and what they say, then perhaps then they will stop killing each other and other people.

    That’s a strategy with 1,400+ years of being tested in the field. How is it working so far?

    I say, show Muslims that being offended is not such a terrible thing by offending them (with words and pictures) night and day. They say people like me should be put to death. Who has the moral high ground here?

  3. John C says:

    Everyone expresses surprise , the sad thing about religiously crazy people,they don’t seem that crazy for ages, then they open their mouths or act on their delusion and suddenly everyone knows but is still in denial because they seemed so ordinary, just like you or I seem ordinary, and we could never do that, could we.Voltaire said it succinctly,“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

  4. RussellW says:

    “He never struck me as a fanatic”,well, apparently he was.

    Please repeat, “Nothing to do with Islam” 20 times, then bend over and kiss your arse goodbye.
    Another example of the ‘Sudden jihadi syndrome’, perhaps.

  5. RussellW says:

    “He never struck me as a fanatic”,well, apparently he was.

    Please repeat, “Nothing to do with Islam” 20 times, then bend over and kiss your arse goodbye.
    Another example of the ‘Sudden jihadi syndrome’, perhaps.

  6. Brummie says:

    Ah yes, the Religion of Peace strikes again…

  7. Maggie says:

    It’s all becoming a Monty Python sketch.

    Terrorist: I do this in the name of my religion.

    Politician: No you don’t.

    Terrorist: Oh yes I do…

    Politician: Oh no you don’t.

    Terrorist: Don’t tell me who I’m doing this for.

    Politician: You can do it, just not in the name of your religion.

    Terrorist: Fuck you! Al… *boom*

    Politician: No religion involved here. Move along*.

    * For the Jesus & Mo fans. 😉

  8. Gerald says:

    The headline is it seems at variance with the reality that islamic hair trigger sensitivity is to blame yet again. And is anyone out there really surprised? It’s nice to know that your quiet inconspicuous muslim neighbour may well turn on you and put a bullet through your head with as little restraint as a 60 a day cigarette smoker snubs out a dog end. It’s also nice to know that people like this who choose to live in civilised inclusive countries, where they are tolerated and usually welcomed, where they enjoy freedom, democracy, free speech and all the advantages of a modern technologically advanced rich country, will for the sake of their primitive hateful divisive religious beliefs toss away the good life, leave their child parent less, indiscriminately gun down as many people as possible before dying as martyrs, presumably in a state of ecstasy in a hail of bullets. Do you need anymore proof that islam, the so called religion of peace, is bent upon the destruction of the civilised world. Islam will not let is followers rest until every kuffar and infidel is dead. The idea is that peace will breakout when everyone is a muslim. Except of course the murdering will continue as the shites, sunnis, wahhabis and whatever other mutations of the malignancy of islam exist fight it out for supremacy. And what will be left. The world will be inhabited by a sorry arsed bunch of lawless fanatics picking over the rotting corpses and piles of brick ends and smashed concrete. And they will wonder who will provide the smartphones, the medications, the food, the energy and all the other necessities of life that they have squandered and destroyed. Well done islam.

  9. Broga says:

    I see that Oscar Pistorius was a “man of faith.” He is a murderer. I’m not saying his Christianity caused him to kill. But neither did his faith restrain him from putting four bullets through the door into a confined space with someone on the other side.

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