Shooter's Dad: He Was 'Obsessed With Israel'

FBI seems more interested in Farook's mother
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2015 4:06 AM CST
Updated Dec 7, 2015 6:03 AM CST
Shooter's Dad: He Was 'Obsessed With Israel'
This undated photo provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Syed Rizwan Farook.   (California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP)

Syed Rizwan Farook supported ISIS and was obsessed with Israel, his father told Italian newspaper La Stampa in a frank interview that has apparently now been retracted. The elder Farook said his son had been a good, studious boy, but too shy and conservative in his views, and fixated on Israel. Farook, who said his son "shared the ideology" of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to create an Islamic state, told the newspaper that he became angry when he saw his son with a gun, CNN reports. "I became angry. In 45 years in the United States, I yelled: 'I have never had a weapon,'" said Farook, who added that he "cannot forgive" himself for what happened. The LA-area director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations tells the Los Angeles Times that the father is on medication, is under a lot of stress, and can't remember making those comments during the interview. In other developments:

  • A law enforcement source tells the Times that federal agents have raided the Riverside, Calif., home of a former Farook neighbor to determine whether he supplied some of the guns used in Wednesday's San Bernardino shooting rampage.

  • Rep. Michael McCaul, chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, says investigators are looking into the past of Farook's wife, Tashfeen Malik, whom they suspect of radicalizing her husband, reports Reuters. McCaul told Fox and Friends that authorities are also trying to find out how the couple could afford the "veritable arsenal" found in their home. "We are looking at the terrorist financing aspect to this case. I believe on his salary, he was not able to buy this on his own," he said.
  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch told NBC's Meet the Press that the FBI is taking a close look at Farook's mother who, unlike his father, lived with the couple. She said the possibility that the mother was aware the couple was stockpiling thousands of rounds of ammunition and more than a dozen pipe bombs is "something that we're looking at very, very closely."
  • The AP reports that just four days before the shootings, an NSA program collecting Americans' phone records in bulk was shut down, meaning investigators will not be able to access agency records going back five years. Under the new USA Freedom Act, investigators can ask phone companies for records going back two years.
(A man who died saving a colleague told her: "I got you.")

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