Friday, December 4, 2015

Stating the obvious? FBI awkwardly acknowledges San Bernardino massacre likely terrorism

It's important to notice that while the Obama administration has been just sued by the first state over the Syrian refugee policies, it appears as almost deliberately downplaying the radical Islam terror to the other side. Never mind the "Obama is a closet Muslim/Islamist" style conspiracies.

The most important aspect of the impact Syria/ISIS are having on the West lies not so much in security risks, but in the domestic polarization they cause. In Europe in particular, the thing to watch is the rise of far right anti-EU movements fueled by a combination of refugee influx and terror attacks. Europe is more vulnerable than the US on both counts because of its proximity to the Middle East. So the effect should be expected to be more powerful.

FoxNews.com (December 04, 2015) {

In an unusual and brief address to reporters at which Attorney General Loretta Lynch appeared and questions were not taken, FBI Director James Comey affirmed the bureau's LA office's characterization earlier in the day.

"This is now a federal terrorism investigation," Comey said, alluding to evidence collected from electronic devices and reports that Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik may have been sympathetic to radical terrorist groups prior to the attack. After his comments, Comey asked pool reporters if they had any questions, but the pre-taped event, which was later distributed to media outlets, was cut off abruptly and no questions were permitted.

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On Thursday, in the face of mounting evidence of a terror motive, President Obama refused to rule out an office dispute as the possible motive for the attack. The equivocation stoked outrage among many of Obama's critics, who noted his insistence on labelling as "workplace violence" the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, in which a Muslim Army major killed 13 people and injured another 30 while shouting “Allahu Akbar” and his ongoing refusal to characterize acts of terror as driven by radical interpretations of Islam.

"If you can't come to a conclusion at this point that this was an act of terror, you should find something else to do for a living than being in law enforcement. I mean, you're a moron," former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who led the city during the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, thundered hours later on Fox News. }