Just when you think you’ve heard it all, the next shoe drops and you find out different.
You’ll remember the San Bernardino terror attack, which occurred one year ago tomorrow (Friday, 2 December). The terrorists, husband and wife team Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, slaughtered 14 people and injured 22 at a holiday party for county workers in San Bernardino, California. Pursued by police after fleeing the scene, the two were eventually killed in an exchange of gunfire, leaving behind a baby daughter.
You may even remember that Howard Portnoy thought the other shoe had dropped on the following day, when he reported that, according to law enforcement, Syed Farook “was apparently radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism.” Good times, good times.
Maybe there are just a lot of shoes to drop on this one. Whatever the story on the shoes, the story on the terrorists has now been taken to the next, sublimely ridiculous level.
In a special segment on the San Bernardino terror attack, ABC News has managed to frame comments from the police chief of San Bernardino as warning us that Farook and Malik were “triggered” by the holiday party, which Farook, as a county worker, was “forced” to attend in conjunction with county employee training.
Hand to God:
Authorities believe the terrorist attack on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory employee training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations, including a Christmas tree, that shooter Syed Farook was forced to attend.
Emails discovered by the FBI and police reveal Farook’s wife, Pakistani native Tashfeen Malik, objected to the Christmas setting and was upset her husband had to go.
“She had essentially made the statement in an online account that she didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event,” said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan in an exclusive interview with ABC News that aired on ABC News’ “Nightline.”
“That really is one of the very, very few pieces of potential evidence that we have that we can truly point to and say, ‘That probably is a motive in this case,’” he said.