Politiet erkjenner at paret Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, og Tashfeen Malik, 27, hadde ansamlet et arsenal som var nok til å starte en krig. Men de sier de ikke forstår hvorfor akkurat handikapsenteret ble målet. Der skjøt Farook sine egne kolleger.
Syed Rizwan Farook
Most of the carnage unfolded in a single room of the Inland Regional Center, the police said, which was filled with people with whom Mr. Farook had a personal connection. While shots rang out, others in the building cowered and hid, sending text messages or making frantic calls.
The suspects were armed with two .223-caliber assault rifles and two 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistols, and they left behind at the service center an explosive that did not detonate, made of three pipe bombs, Chief Burguan said. In a rented Ford Expedition with Utah plates, he said, the couple had 1,400 rounds for the rifles and 200 for the handguns with them at the time of the shootout. And at the home where they apparently lived in the nearby city of Redlands, officers found more than 2,500 rounds for the assault rifles, more than 2,000 for the pistols, several hundred rounds for a .22-caliber rifle, and 12 pipe bombs. There were also supplies for making more of them.
“Clearly they were equipped and they could have done another attack,” Chief Burguan said at a news conference on Thursday. “We intercepted them before that happened, obviously.”
Det er en merkelig form for politiarbeid. Indikasjonene på jihad i en eller annen form er mange. Det samme gjentar seg gang på gang: Politiet tør ikke konkludere før det er et skriftlig eller muntlig statement. Selv da kan de spekulere på om det er ville aksjoner eller styrt utenfra. Da reises det tvil om dette på en måte som betviler at det var jihad. Kanskje de bare var syke? Hele denne viften av spørsmål spilles ut. Man piller offentlighetens selvtillit og dømmekraft fra hverandre.
Etter Paris burde det i det minste være åpenhet for at et hvilket som helst mål kan bli rammet, selv mennesker i rullestoler.
Journalistene mister også selv dømmekraften underveis. New York Times kan fortelle at Farook var i kontakt med ekstremister, både innenlands og utenlands:
Law enforcement officials said the F.B.I. had uncovered evidence that Mr. Farook was in contact over several years with extremists domestically and abroad, including at least one person in the United States who was investigated for suspected terrorism by federal authorities in recent years. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Ekstremister? Hva slags? Hvorfor kan ikke nytimes være eksplisitt?
Etter å ha formidlet disse avslørende opplysningene, presterer journalisten å skrive:
The officials called the case perplexing, saying that no clear evidence of terrorism had emerged, though the attack was clearly premeditated. The victims were Mr. Farook’s co-workers at the county health department, and the shooting may have involved grievances against them, but it did not fit the mold for workplace violence, either.
Selv nestleder for FBI tør ikke ta ordet jihad i sin munn.
“We do not yet know the motive; we cannot rule anything out at this point,” said David Bowdich, the assistant F.B.I. director in charge of the Los Angeles office. “We don’t know if this was the intended target or there was something that triggered him to do this immediately.”
Bowdich får servert løsningen, men tør ikke si det opplagte:
Asked if the design of the explosives had come from Inspire, an online magazine published by an arm of Al Qaeda, Mr. Bowdich said investigators were looking into that possibility.
Han må igjen reservere seg. Hvis han sier det er jihad er han «solgt».
Two other senior United States security officials said that F.B.I. counterterrorism officials were overseeing the investigation because of the possibility that it might be terrorism, not because they had concluded that it was.
Alvorlige spørsmål om sikkerhet
Når man leser om Farooks bakgrunn og hører om hans reisemønster og kontakter, må man spørre hvordan det kan ha seg at han ikke var på radaren til sikkerhetsmyndighetene. Og hvordan kunne kona få green card etter et år?
Mr. Farook, a United States citizen, was born in Illinois to Pakistani immigrant parents. Family members said he had been a devout Sunni Muslim, and on a dating website several years ago, he listed Urdu as his mother tongue. He had gone to Saudi Arabia multiple times, including a 2013 trip for the annual hajj, the trip to Mecca that all Muslims are expected to complete at least once, federal officials said.
Mr. Bowdich said that Mr. Farook visited Pakistan last year, and that he and Ms. Malik entered the United States from Pakistan in July 2014. She traveled on a Pakistani passport and entered the United States on a K-1 visa, a 90-day visa given to fiancés planning to marry Americans. The couple applied on Sept. 30, 2014, for a permanent resident green card for Ms. Malik, which requires passing pass criminal and national security background checks using F.B.I. and Department of Homeland Security databases, and she was granted a conditional green card in July 2015.