California shooting shows difficulty ID’ing attackers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time the married couple who carried out the deadly San Bernardino attack came to the attention of police, it was far too late.

Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, had gone undetected while planning the massacre that included amassing thousands of rounds of ammunition, high-powered guns and pipe bombs.

The FBI’s acknowledgement that the San Bernardino shooters had been radicalized Muslims for “quite some time” points to the difficulty discovering potential terrorists who keep a very low profile and shows the deadly consequences that can occur when identification comes too late.

“It appears these people were very good at hiding their intentions,” said David Schanzer, a Duke University public policy professor who runs a center that studies terrorism. “What this situation shows is it’s not a fool-proof system. … A hundred percent prevention is not achievable.”

  • Norman_In_New_York

    We all know that the pound of cure described here isn’t as effective as an ounce of prevention. That is why everybody is against Trump except the people.

  • Tokenn

    So if the data snoops of the NSA aren’t watching people like the SB shooters…what good are they? Who are they watching? Will anybody in the US government be asking about this? The press? The White House?

    Yeah, I’m kidding. ..

    • Frances

      Think the Tea Party and Christians.

      • Tokenn

        Heh…it was a rhetorical question…
        I hope someone makes a point of asking it tho’…

        Remember the hoorah about the failure of the FBI and CIA to miss the 911 jihadis? Seems time to jump on them again.

  • tom_billesley

    Simple mistake to make. It’s “religion of pease” – i.e. felafel.

  • Maggat

    ““What this situation shows is it’s not a fool-proof system. … A hundred percent prevention is not achievable.””
    This is where the Donald Trump plan comes into play. Stop importing them and get those you can OUT of the country.