On December 2nd, 2015, a married couple named Tashfeen Malik and Syed Riswan Farook went into the Inland Regional Center located in San Bernardino, California and began shooting people. This terrorist attack left 14 people dead and 22 people with serious injuries. There had been previous terrorist attacks in the United States before, but this was the first one that involved a married Islamic couple performing the terrorist attack together.
Since that horrible incident last year, local and federal authorities have gathered hundreds of pieces of evidence and interviewed over 600 people. In addition, over two dozen search warrants have been served as well. But, the most famous story to derive from this incident was the dispute between the FBI and Apple. After the FBI had retrieved the iPhone that belonged to Farook, they needed Apple to help them unlock it. The only problem was that Apple didn’t want to do it because it could leave other iPhone customers vulnerable to their phones being unlocked as well. The FBI tried to take Apple to court and force them to cooperate, but nothing ever came of that because the FBI claimed they were able to unlock the phone on their own.
Tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of this terrorist attack and the authorities still have questions that remain unanswered. The biggest questions the FBI still have are whether the couple had help from ISIS or some other terrorist group connected to them. Federal authorities believe that someone else out there must have known about their plans but they don’t know who. After all, the couple spent many months planning their attack by building bombs and gathering a vast number of weapons to use in the attack.
The conclusion from the FBI is that Farook and Malik were self-radicalized, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have help in carrying out their plans.