Muslim Man, Wife Identified as Assailants in Murder of 14 at California Social Services Center

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SAN BERNADINO, Calif. — The suspects in Wednesday’s shooting that killed 14 and injured 17 at a social services center in San Bernadino have been identified as a devoutly Muslim husband and wife.

Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 28, were killed during a shootout with police mid-afternoon local time. The two had been dressed in body armor and tactical gear, and donned GoPro cameras to record the bloodbath that they unleashed on the Inland Regional Center, a facility for developmental disabled persons.

The violence is stated to have specifically been unleashed in a conference room where the county health department had been holding a holiday party. Farook used to work for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, and attended the party for a time until leaving and coming back with his wife dressed for war.

“He was very religious,” Farook’s father, also named Syed, told the New York Daily News. “He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.”

“I am in shock that something like this could happen,” Farhan Kahn, Farook’s brother-in-law, also stated at a press conference. “I am very sad that people lost their lives.”

Farook and Malik led police on a chase, which concluded four hours later as Malik drove the vehicle while Farook fired at the 21 officers that has surrounded the couple. The two died after being gunned down by police.

According to reports, Farook and Malik dropped their six-month-old daughter off with relatives yesterday morning, claiming that they had a doctor’s appointment.

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Officials searched the couple’s vehicle after the shooting and found a remote control toy car, which had reportedly been rigged to set off three explosives at Farook and Malik’s residence. Police sent a robot to the couple’s home in Redlands, California, where they detonated the explosives inside. The apartment has been described as an “IED facility.”

“They came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters. “They were dressed and equipped in a way to show they were prepared . … They came in with an intent to do something.”

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  • WorldGoneCrazy

    (sarcasm warning)

    OK, now, let’s all be careful here to not paint this with a broad brush. Islam is a religion of peace. This could be workplace violence or global warming, and the Greatest President Ever will rebuke the terrorists, I mean, loving Muslim family, with a global warming conference in San Bernadino. I mean climate change. Uuuh, weather change. Well, you get the picture. (And we get your money.)

    It’s not like they were a deranged mountain couple shooting near a Planned Murder in Da Hood. That would obviously be representative of every single pro-life person on the planet.

    (sarcasm off)

    • Josey

      ah yes the temp was one degree higher in that area of cali yesterday

    • Dan Williams

      Well done WGC.

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        Thanks, Dan – God Bless and Merry Christmas!

  • MamaBear

    This couple were the very picture of what Muslims want to portray themselves as – devout, family oriented, minding their own business – until this massacre of unarmed people who were merely having a party. People who work helping disabled. This is the reason people do not trust Muslims, we don’t know who among them we can trust.
    So very different from the Planned Parenthood shooting by a mentally unstable man living in a remote shack with a long violent criminal record. A man whose record indicated sooner or later he would commit something so violent that he could not walk away with dropped charges. (And since all the people killed or injured were outside, Planned Parenthood possibly was simply a convenient place to use to shoot from rather than the target.)

    • Jade

      Good people do good things, bad people do bad things, but it takes RELIGION for good people to do bad things. So much of our problems in this world are due to religious extremists!

      • MamaBear

        So were Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, McVeigh, the Unabomber, Laughner and other mass murderers all inspired by their atheism?

        • Claire Michael

          Pretty sure they would fall under the bad people category….. Unless you think they are good people, then you might have an argument

          • MamaBear

            Either a “religious” person, such as these Muslims are also in the “bad people” category, thus destroying your case against religion, or atheism can cause people to do bad things even more than religion. Since Hitler was privately atheist (Table Talk translated 1953), every most mass killings of the 20th century were atheists, with a few such as the World Trade Center by Muslims, not Buddhists, not Hindus, not Wiccans. not Christians.

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        “Good people do good things, bad people do bad things, but it takes RELIGION for good people to do bad things.”

        What’s all of this talk about “good” and “bad” on atheism?!? No such things exist in your world, and scholarly atheists agree with me here:

        “In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, or any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference… DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.” Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (1995))

        “Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear — and these are basically Darwin’s views. There are no gods, no purposes, and no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end of me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will for humans, either.” A-theist William Provine

        “The position of the modern evolutionist is that humans have an awareness of morality because such an awareness of biological worth. Morality is a biological adaptation no less than are hands and feet and teeth. Considered as a rationally justifiable set of claims about an objective something,
        ethics is illusory. I appreciate when someone says, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself,’ they think they are referring above and beyond themselves. Nevertheless, such reference is truly without foundation. Morality is just an aid to survival and reproduction, . . . and any deeper meaning is illusory.” (Michael Ruse, “Evolutionary Theory and Christian Ethics,” in The Darwinian Paradigm (London: Routledge, 1989), pp. 262-269).

        “Is there a God? No.
        What is the nature of reality? What physics says it is.
        What is the purpose of the universe? There is none.
        What is the meaning of life? Ditto.
        Why am I here? Just dumb luck.
        Is there a soul? Are you kidding?
        Is there free will? Not a chance!
        What is the difference between right/wrong,
        good/bad? There is no moral difference between them… So much for the meaning of history, and everything else we care about… you will have to be comfortable with a certain amount of nihilism . . . . And just in case there’s always Prozac.” — Alex P. Rosenberg

        “The idea of . . . moral obligation is clear enough, provided that reference to some lawmaker higher . . . than those of the state is understood. In other words, our moral obligations can . . . be understood as those that are imposed by God. . . . But what if this higher-than-human lawgiver is no longer taken into account? Does the concept of a moral obligation . . . still make sense? … The concept of moral obligation is unintelligible apart from the idea of God. The words remain, but their meaning is gone. … The modern age, more or less repudiating the idea of a divine lawgiver, has nevertheless tried to retain the ideas of moral right and wrong, without noticing that in casting God aside they have also abolished the meaningfulness of right and wrong as well. Thus, even educated persons sometimes declare that such things as war, or abortion, or the violation of certain human rights are morally wrong, and they imagine that they have said something true and meaningful. Educated people do not need to be told, however, that questions such as these have never been answered outside of religion.” — atheist Richard Taylor

    • JzzE1 .

      The same argument could be made for Christians.

      • MamaBear

        When have Christians done the same? When did the seeming nice peaceful churchgoing Baptist or Catholic family next door leave their kid with a baby sitter and show up at a party in combat gear and start shooting?

        • JzzE1 .

          You ARE being facetious, right?

          • thelordlives2011

            No. MamaBear is exactly right. Way to go girl.

          • JzzE1 .

            No, she isn’t. Wars and violence of all kind have been perpetrated and perpetuated in the name of Christianity. The circumstances about the baby sitter may be different, but please! Christians can be just as blood thirsty as anyone else.

        • JzzE1 .

          It’s the holiday season so I don’t really have time to get into a prolonged discourse with you, but would you like to start with the inquistions and go forward or back?

          • MamaBear

            Let’s concentrate on the 20th and 21st centuries. When there were state and church were intertwined, it is impossible to truly sort out what was Christian, what was government.
            BTW, 20th century atheists have killed more people on a bigger scale than the Inquisition and all religious wars combined.

          • JzzE1 .

            OK: the Crusades. the war in Ireland between Protestants and Catholics, Hitler (who followed the teachings of Martin Luther. Slavery in North America, Catholic priests who molested kids…and the band plays on.

          • MamaBear

            The war in Ireland was between native Irish and Scots-Irish the English settled in their place. It was political in origin and would have happened had both sides held the same religion.
            Hitler, in Table Talks (translated 1953) made it clear he did not believe in God and despised Christianity. I do not think Martin Luther inspired Hitler to replace crosses with swastikas, Bibles with Mein Kampf, or ban the Old Testament. I will admit Martin Luther was anti-semetic, but not to the extent of Hitler. Luther would have been horrified at the “final solution.”
            Slavery has been around for millennia, long before Christianity. Judaism regulated it to be more humane, for example an injured slave was to be granted freedom. The abolition movement was Christian founded and led.
            It is sad there were child molesters among the priests. You also find molesters in all other professions outside the church, among all religions and those of no religion. The Catholic Church should have acted more Biblically had they taken swift action rather than trying to save face by hiding it. I have seen the secular public schools try to cover up abuse as well.

          • JzzE1 .

            All very good points I agree, I just don’t share your perspective.

  • Josey

    The neighbor who said they saw suspicious activity going on in their garage at night and packages being delivered during the day for past month but were afraid they would be racially profiling for reporting said suspicions, I wonder what they would have been told had they called someone and reported it, would it have gotten this couple checked out? This is why we shouldn’t keep our heads in the sand about the truth of what is going on, can’t sugar coat these things. This neighbor wouldn’t have needed to fear reporting them if the political correctness junk wasn’t in full enforcement. I don’t blame the neighbor, this is where the delusional administration we have now has led the way to take our freedom to speak out away, they have been chipping away at it for sometime now. “Don’t criticize, don’t tell the truth because it could incite hate, which btw is open to their own interpretation, ect…”,

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Now the Left is “prayer shaming:”

      Google: “its-come-to-this-liberals-mock-and-shame-people-offering-prayers-during-san-bernardino-shooting”

      • Proud Conservative Mom

        The Bible of the Left is “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky. (Incidentally, he is an embarrassment to my People.)

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          So, is Rebecca Gomperts. 🙁 Actually, she is much more than an embarrassment – she is a traitor.

        • Jed

          Alinsky was an embarrassment to humanity. Pure evil incarnate. And one of Hillary Clinton’s mentors.

          • Cecillia

            An excellent presentation in three sentences. Thank you, very much, Jed!

          • Jed


  • BarkingDawg

    Christian man identified as assailant in Colorado Springs shooting.

    • The Last Trump

      This is your comment?

      • BarkingDawg


        You don’t see the danger in mindless, knee jerk stereotyping?

        What’s the difference between the California shootings and the Charleston shootings earlier this year, or Aurora, or Sandy Hook?

      • acontraryview

        In what way was his comment “shameless”?

    • bowie1

      So was the cop who lost his life.

  • afchief

    Muslims aren’t terrorists at all, never have been terrorists, and never will be terrorists. Muslims live in an extremely totalitarian society where all non-conformers are summarily executed. It’s impossible for a Muslim to become a terrorist without getting executed.

    Instead, Muslims are jihadists waging a jihad both violently and non-violently, but astronomically far more non-violently relative to violently. However, because our politicians and the so-called MSM universally conflates what is actually jihad as somehow being terrorism, which is always and only violent, jihad waged deliberately non-violently by design because it is non-violent is viewed as being perfectly acceptable behavior by the duped masses.

    Moreover, violent jihad is far more gruesome relative to terrorism. As Muslims routinely lop off the heads of infidels and apostates while hollering “Allah Akbar” (God is Great) in emulation of their holy prophet, skin them alive, quarter them alive, burn them alive, etc., etc., etc. all the while praising their holy prophet. Terrorists never have been observed praising anyone much less their holy prophet.

    Terrorism is a manifestation of the infidel world and involves only radicals and extremists that are only a tiny minority of the societies they are from and terrorism has been perpetrated by terrorists for almost as many causes as there have been terrorists.

    Jihad, on the other hand, is a holy war waged by all Muslims in the world, in stark contrast to only a tiny minority of radicals and extremists as in the case with terrorism, and jihad is always and only waged in the cause of Allah to ultimately make Islam and its follower supreme.

    Furthermore, terrorism is always and only violent. While jihad, on the other hand, is waged both violently and non-violently, but overall astronomically far more non-violently relative to violently.

    So, in fact, we are talking about two very different and distinct manifestations here altogether. One that is specific to the Islamic totalitarian world and one that is unique to the infidel world.

    Indeed, terrorism and the violent forms of jihad are very similarly violent, but both varieties of jihad, in stark contrast to terrorism, are always and only waged in the single cause of Allah, while terrorism, on the other hand, is perpetrated for almost any cause and has been.

    As a matter of fact, the reason jihadists target and kill innocent civilian non-combatants is not because they are terrorists too, but because those innocent civilian non-combatants also happen to be infidels. All infidels, both combatants and non-combatants alike, are the targets of their jihad.

    In fact, most terrorists relative to jihadists are rather irrational people. While jihadists, on the other hand, are perfectly rational people that also believe they don’t really have any other choice in the matter but to wage jihad other than death for apostasy.

    Of course, most people have the word “terrorist” already seared onto their brains thanks to the so-called MSM. So for those people it is virtually impossible to get them to stop conflating what is actually jihad as somehow being terrorism. Thus, their obsession with terrorism will likely continue no matter what.

    I really believe that Barack Obama’s only interest in Iraq, ever, was to get ISIS up and running as fast as possible.

    One of the first things Obama did as president in 2009 was release Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who quickly became the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Islamic extremist group working over the populations of Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Syria.

  • Truthhurts24

    The religion of peace strikes again

  • jael2

    Just as God used the Babylonians as a rod of correction against Judah for transgressing God’s laws, so it is today for our nation. Think not? Read Deuteronomy 28.

  • afchief

    It all boils down to trust. Armed citizens trust each other. Men in battle must trust in each other. Progressives, on the other hand, do not trust armed citizens, nor do they trust the military (which is why the Marines parading in Obama’s second inaugural were not allowed bolts in their rifles).

    So the question is a simple one….do you trust your armed neighbor to act in a responsible and appropriate manner with his firearm?

    My neighbors are not my enemy, but my government surely is.

  • violetteal

    Why is no one calling this terrorism?

  • acontraryview

    Odd that in the headlines for the shooting at Planned Parenthood it didn’t say: “Christian man identified as assailant”.

  • NiteClerk

    This was a peaceful protest to a YouTube video by member of the religion of peace.