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San Bernardino Female Terrorist Passed DHS Screening

Filed under: General — JVW @ 3:35 pm

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This is not yet fully confirmed (an important caveat), but it would appear that Tashfeen Malik passed her Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism screening last year when she arrived in this country as the bride of Sayed Farook.

Not to worry, says the White House, the planned screening process for the newly-arrived “Syrian” “refugees” (each word deserves its own set of incredulity quotation marks) is far more strict and comprehensive than the screening process for spouses. And when has the federal government ever overstated its dedication to keeping us safe or the Obama Administration ever knowingly lied to us?



UPDATE x2 BY PATTERICO: As Allahpundit says: “This is what I get for trusting ABC.”

Correction (Dec. 5): An earlier version of this report said Tashfeen provided a nonexistent address to U.S. officials when she applied for a fiance visa. Local residents say the version of the address provided is not precise, but the family does own a house in the neighborhood.

As usual, everything the media says is suspect.

Caption Contest

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:45 am

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It’s a couple months old but I seen it on the Facebooks and it cries out for a caption.

Tashfeen Malik and Syrian Refugees

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:39 am

One tidbit we learned yesterday is that Syed Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik, was seen firing an assault rifle at police during a pursuit. Another tidbit we have learned is that she came to this country on a visa for people planning to marry U.S. citizens.

In other words, she received the U.S. Stamp of Approval saying “this person is safe to come into the country.”

(That was, of course, before she came under the sway of U.S. gun culture. This episode illustrates that even people deemed safe by our federal government can turn bad when they enter this country and become exposed to propaganda from the National Rifle Association.)

Getting back to reality, this seems to illustrate the relatively unsurprising idea that the federal government simply lacks the ability to determine with certainty whether someone entering the country is a terrorist.

Somehow that seems relevant when we’re talking about absorbing 20,000 Syrian refugees over two years.

UPDATE: In case you were questioning my suggestion that she was a terrorist, I am now seeing reports on Twitter that she pledged allegiance to ISIS before the attack.

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