The FBI is coming clean about the San Bernardino attackers, and it is not making local law enforcement and media very happy.
For starters, the FBI head said that the media rumor about the “terror couple” texting, tweeting or “Facebooking” support for ISIS or even “jihad” has absolutely no basis in fact, whatsoever.
The Bureau now says there is “no evidence a married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell,” according to the head of the FBI.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that this echoes “investigators’ views that the pair were inspired by, rather than organized by Islamic State.”
But in reality, the FBI has not even gone that far.
The local and State law enforcement, in conjunction with the mainstream media, has essentially been creating a “terror plot” revolving around this couple and the attacks, based on what seems to be getting them the most attention, ratings and praise from a fearful public.
Reuters reported that the FBI Director James Comey said broadly that “the Islamist militant group has ‘revolutionized’ terrorism, in that there are small-scale attacks that could in fact have no ties to the terror group whatsoever.
Comey refrained from calling this attack such an inspired attack, but he was clear that there was no “Terror Tweet” in support of the ISIS “Caliph” al-Baghdadi, and “no evidence” of any direct connection of the couple to the group.
“Your parents’ al Qaeda was a very different model than the threat we face today,” Comey said at a counterterrorism conference in New York, Wednesday.
While Comey “said that while the perpetrators of the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, California – Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29 – had expressed support for ‘jihad and martyrdom’ in private communications, they never did so on social media.”
That means the “Terror Tweet” that the media and police have been talking so much about is pure fiction.
It never happened.
Comey said the Federal Bureau of Investigation currently has “hundreds” of investigations in all 50 U.S. states involving potential Islamic State-inspired plots.
His remarks came as Americans are jittery two weeks after the San Bernardino attack. Islamic State is based in Iraq and Syria, where it controls a large area of territory as it seeks to carve out a caliphate. It claimed responsibility for attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 130 people.
Comey said the group has perfected the use of social media, and Twitter in particular, to contact potential followers in the United States and elsewhere.
“Twitter works as a way to sell books, as a way to promote movies, and it works as a way to crowdsource terrorism – to sell murder,” Comey added.
He seemed interested in worrying people about private and encrypted conversations online, saying that the “Islamic State also employs ‘end-to-end’ encryption when communicating with individuals who it believes are willing to carry out killings in its name.”
Comey added, however, that he “is convinced that law enforcement and technology companies can work together to solve that problem without compromising personal privacy.”
“We are not going to break the Internet,” he maintained. “We are not going to jeopardize people’s security.”