Syed Rizwan Farook, Tashfeen Malik and  James Comey Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from DMV / Wikimedia, Passport photo / Wikimedia / FBI

It’s starting to look like there are some eerie parallels between the San Bernardino shooting and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

After the Boston bombing, authorities were quick to deny any previous knowledge of the men they identified as the bombers. Then, over time, the public learned that — oops — maybe law enforcement did know significantly more than they initially let on.

After the San Bernardino suspects died in a hail of bullets, federal and local law enforcement officials alike claimed to have had no previous interaction with or interest in Syed Farook or his wife, Tashfeen Malik, at any time before last week’s attack, which killed 14 and wounded 21 others.

Now that story may be changing.

James Comey, director of the FBI, faced questions from reporters soon after about possible “intelligence failures” concerning the Farooks.

“Folks have focused on reports,” Comey said at a media briefing in Washington, “that at least one of the killers was in contact with subjects of FBI investigations. I would urge you not to make too much of that. There were no contacts between either of the killers and subjects of our investigations that were of such significance that it raised them on to our radar screen.”

However, two different anonymous law enforcement officials told CNN that Farook was in the social circle of Sohiel Kabir, an individual who has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in recruiting others for a 2012 plot to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Interestingly, that’s around the same time Farook was allegedly planning an earlier terrorist attack in California — an attack he decided not to go through with, according to his longtime friend, Enrique Marquez.

Law enforcement officials have identified Marquez as the man who purchased the two AR-15 assault rifles used in the San Bernardino shooting. Marquez claims to have had no prior knowledge of this latest attack.

Why the FBI didn’t look more closely at Farook, who was socializing with individuals under investigation for terrorist activity, is unclear.

Additionally, recorded radio conversations between responding police and the dispatcher immediately after the shooting suggest that Farook was known to law enforcement.

As reported in The Weekly Standard, upon hearing Farook’s name, at least some of the officers involved were under the impression that Farook had been investigated the week prior to the shooting.

According to information obtained by Inside Edition, police interest in Farook stemmed from the suspicion that he was casing a high-rise building in Los Angeles.

If local law enforcement did indeed suspect Farook of casing possible targets in downtown Los Angeles, it’s hard to believe information like that would not be passed on to the FBI.

We have seen this step-by-step walking back of institutional denials before. As noted above, the FBI initially denied knowing anything about the Boston Marathon bombers until Russian authorities revealed, soon after the bombing, that they had warned the FBI and the CIA about Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years earlier.

Then, in testimony to Congress, former director Robert Mueller revealed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had in fact been known to the FBI from two different investigations conducted before Russia brought him to the Bureau’s attention.

So, is the FBI’s assertion that it knew nothing about Farook before the San Bernardino shooting just a case of reflexive institutional self-protection?

Or is this another attempt to keep from the public the likelihood that, in the tangled web of the FBI’s counterterrorism effort — the tens of thousands of paid informants, provocateurs, agents, and possibly even double agents — things sometimes go terribly, tragically wrong?

Related front page panorama photo credit: Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Bob Leonard / Wikimedia), FBI badge & gun (FBI / Wikimedia) and Syed Rizwan Farook (DMV / Wikimedia)

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Hugh Mayle

Here’s an interesting fact. The SUV supposedly driven by the 2 terrorists is shown driving slowly down the street with the headlights curiously flashing on and off. We are told that this SUV is a rental, however only official vehicles (like law enforcement or government vehicles) come with an automatic headlight flashing option.

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Would love for WhoWhatWhy to follow this case the same way they did the Boston Bombing case.


If this crap reinforcing big lies such as the Boston and San Bernardino hoaxes is what whowhatwhere is all about, then you can keep it.


I have come across credible information that Kraft International (formerly known as Blackwater) mercenaries were seen at the San Bernardino incident as they were also seen at the Boston Marathon Bombing. Were these the guys who ultimately did the killing? Was this a psy. op. false flag? Were the Muslim husband and wife Lee Oswald type patsies?


You can’t believe anything in this country anymore except that the country is going to hell and nobody seems to care. The run for President is a joke on both sides. Hillary and Bill should be in prison instead of being in position, once more, to cause a terrible mess in Washington. Obama is a terrorist lobbing bombs on civilians using drones and treating it like a video game. Meanwhile innocent men, women, and children are being murdered by the USA. No wonder they don’t like what’s happening. It’s a sick mess that needs someone to fix it and not stop until it’s done and the people get back the control of their country, at last! There’s so much corruption and ‘blind eyes’ in the political arena, all the way to the top, it’s so evident and nobody does anything about it, and now America has the dubious ‘distinction’ described below.

‘Is the most dangerous country in the world the United States of America? According to a new poll from WIN and Gallup International, the U.S. represents the largest threat to world peace today.

In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24 percent of all respondents answered that the United States “is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.” Pakistan and China fell significantly behind the United States on the poll, with 8 and 6 percent, respectively. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea all tied for fourth place with 4 percent.’

Makes you feel good to be an American……or not!


Good post William. One thing we have to keep in mind, however, is that the dumbing-down of our populace might very well be by design.

The government took us off the gold standard in 1971 and continually devalued the US dollar. That helped force both parents into having to work (instead of the more traditional arrangement where the mother stayed home to raise the kids). That allowed the government to essentially raise (propagandize) the nation’s children.

The government also runs education. They also continually push for more “early childhood education” (indoctrination). On top of that, kids are diagnosed with ADHD (and put on drugs for it!) basically for being normal kids (e.g. little boys wanting to run around). Add to this fluoridated water, GMOs and fast food (as the parents don’t have time to cook) and it’s a recipe for disaster.

There’s also a fascinating interview with a former teacher of the year named John Taylor Gatto. He quit the profession saying that he no longer wished to “hurt kids to make a living” (which is what he felt school was doing). The interview is 5 hours long . You can find it on YouTube searching “John Taylor Gatto ultimate history lesson”

He was named New York City Teacher of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991.


I resent reporter James’ Henry’s description “Mass-Murdering Couple”. What about the word “alleged.” — after all there are over a dozen pieces of evidence that counter the government’s narrative. Example: What about the handcuffs on the dead Farook clearly showing chafing red wrists to suggest struggle which meant they were put on him when he was alive not dead? But how could he drive or shoot with handcuffs on? .

Why could these two not have been captured, given that the SUV was surrounded and outnumbered by scores of law enforcement. Like shoot out the tires and tear gas the occupants? Oh, but what alternative narratives live “terrorists” might tell that counter the official narrative . . . a narrative that has triggered calls for war in Syria, Islamophobia and tighter domestic surveillance.

Who What Why, Please don’t give us reports that mimic the mainstream media that buys another one of the government’s “crazy lone gunmen” stories at face value. I’m not saying whether it is true or false, but for god’s sake don’t take their narrative at face value. The stakes are too high.


I agree with you.
I just looked into this website and given their presumption of guilt when multiple witnesses saw three tall, athletic WHITE SHOOTERS at the scene tells me that this site is compromised.


I’m with Colleen. What I’m seeing is eyewitnesses saying there were 3 shooters, all men, dressed similar to what we’ve seen from Craft International. There’s also a video which shows the slowly moving suspects SUV headlights flash on & off, then the shooting began. This happened about 2 miles from the Inland Center, and about 4 hours later.
Also, eyewitnesses at the Inland Center initially thought this was “just another drill”, because apparently they have live shooter drills all the time. What are the odds??
I wouldn’t take anything for granted. We’re seeing way too many events like this with sketchy info.


3 eyewitnesses say it was 3 tall, athletic, white men.

Go to YouTube.

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