SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Our next stop is San Bernardino where federal investigators believe the road to terrorism for Syed Farook and his wife Tashfee Malik began before ISIS hit the world stage and declared its own version of an Islamic state.
That’s what’s FBI director James Comey told a Senate hearing.
"Our investigation to date, which I can only say so much about at this point, indicates that they were actually radicalized before they started courting or dating each other online and online as late as early as the end of 2013 they were talking to each other about Jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged and married and lived together in the United States. We also believe they were inspired by foreign terrorist organizations.”
In fact, it now looks to investigators like Farook and another guy may have been plotting a terror attack in 2012, but didn’t go through with it, spooked by terror-related arrests in the area.
And, evidence seems to show Farook tried to reach out to al-Qaeda affiliates al-Nusra in Syria and al-Shabaab in Somalia.
But the killer couple eventually settled on ISIS.
A post on Malik’s Facebook page, under a different name, pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leader Al “Big Daddy” Baghdadi.
The post used the word “we”, indicating to investigators the post came from the stay-at-home mom and her county health worker husband, an all-American couple on the outside, but stone-cold killers on the inside.