Meet Syed Farook And Tashfeen Malik, The Husband And Wife San Bernardino Shooters

Tyler Durden's picture

“Was there a link to terror?” 

That’s the question Americans are asking themselves the morning after a husband and wife opened fire with assault rifles killing 14 and wounding 21 at a San Bernardino County employee holiday party. 

The shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, left their young child with Farook’s mother in nearby Redlands on Wednesday morning before dressing in “assault clothing,” and crashing the party (literally). A subsequent shootout with authorities left both suspects dead. The couple used a DPMS model and a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 along with two handguns, a llama and a Smith & Wesson. The rifles, two .223s, are capable of piercing bulletproof vests. The weapons were purchased legally.

Here’s what we know about Farook and Malik so far. 

Farook, whose family was originally from Pakistan, was born in America and was employed as an environmental health specialist for San Bernardino County. He did what health specialists do: inspect restaurants and other facilities for health violations.

Reuters was able to obtain some on-the-ground intelligence from a SusAnn Chapman, who’s described as “a cashier and waitress at China Doll Fast Food.” Apparently, Farook inspected the China Doll earlier this year. "He was real quiet," Chapman said. "He checked the food and said he was here because somebody complained. ... He looked completely normal." 

Ok, not helpful.

However, some clues as to what might (and we emphasize “might”) be going on here emerge when we take a closer look at Malik. According to Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations who, like SusAnn, spoke to Reuters, Malik “was believed to be from Pakistan and had lived in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States.” 

“Farook traveled to Saudi Arabia earlier this year and returned with a wife,” AP reports, citing co-worker Patrick Baccari, who said Farook “was gone for about a month in the spring, and when he returned word got around [he’d] had been married.” His new wife was described as “a pharmacist.” 

Now clearly there are no smoking guns there, but it's worth noting that when it comes to radicalization, no one does it quite like the Saudis. But as we read further, AP uncovers the smoking gun: "Several months ago Farook grew out his beard." There you go - excessive beard action. The terrorist hallmark. 

All sarcasm aside, AP goes on to say that according to coworkers, Farook was "a devout Muslim," and according to a profile posted on the dating site iMilap, Farook enjoyed "reading religious books and target practice with younger sister and friends."

A separate profile on (which describes itself as the "first and only legal marriage service provider in the UAE), shows Farook identifying himself as a Sunni:

Although we would urge caution when it comes to drawing conclusions around the sectarian divide, we'd be remiss if we didn't note that ISIS, al-Qaeda, and many of the other groups the public generally identifies with extremism, are Sunni. Saudi Arabia (where Farook allegedly found his wife) promotes puritanical Wahhabism. 

In the wake of the tragedy, Muzammil Siddiqi, religious director of The Islamic Society of Orange County, reminded Americans that Islam is not synonymous with terror: "Please do not implicate Islam or Muslims. Our faith is against this kind of behaviour."

Here’s Patrick Baccari’s (quoted above) account of the shooting, again, via AP:

Baccari, who was sitting at the same table as Farook, said employees at the holiday party were taking a break before snapping group photos when Farook suddenly disappeared, leaving a jacket draped over his chair. Baccari stepped out to the bathroom when he heard explosions.


"I'm getting pelted by shrapnel coming through the walls," he said. "We hit the ground."


The shooting lasted about five minutes, he said, and when he looked in the mirror he realized he was bleeding. He was hit by fragments in the body, face and arms.


"If I hadn't been in the bathroom, I'd probably be laying dead on the floor," he said.

Clearly, quite a bit hinges on whether or not this gets tied to radical Islam. If authorities "prove" (or create) a link to extremists, the backlash against Syrian immigrants and against American Muslims more generally, will only grow. 

Additionally, public support for American boots on Syrian ground will rise as any link to terrorist ideology will invariably be trotted out as "proof" that "lone wolf" or not, attacks have now crossed the pond to reach American soil.

Of course at the end of the day, two people opening fire with assault rifles on a holiday party seems pretty "terrifying" to us regardless of what inspired the shooters, but remember, crises like these are only "useful" in today's world if they serve someone's geopolitical ends so don't be surprised if the mainstream media soon turns up the San Bernardino equivalent of the forged Syrian passport found in Paris three weeks ago.

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blabam's picture

Those disabled people had it coming! No mixed dancing or music allowed by uncle Mo. 

coinhead's picture
coinhead (not verified) blabam Dec 3, 2015 9:30 AM

more corporate media bullshit...

Truther's picture

More head fakes for gun control. Hell I thought Cali was all stripped naked by gun laws.

NoDebt's picture

One mass shooting a week until you finally relent and realize all guns need to be banned.  h/t Doc Engali for that one.

Nikki Alexis's picture

A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.

“We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?'” he said.  “We’d see them leave where they’re raiding the apartment.”

Stackers's picture

Disgruntled civil servant goes into work place and kills co-works

This used to be called "Going Postal" ..... it's hardly a modern or new problem or "terrorism"

Worse mass murder killing in US history was back in the 1920's when a disgruntled civil servant blew up an elementary school packed with kids

and he didn't use a single gun ...


Shooter was a co-worker of those at the party. He was at the party earlier and left and returned later with wife and guns.

TerminalDebt's picture

Islam, the religion of Rest in Peace

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Islam, the religion of Rest in Peace

So, following your logic, Christianity is the religion of Rest in Rubble (bomb, invade, occupy, and plunder)?

The Juggernaut's picture

Sounds like a FBI drill that went live.  There was a ZH-er who actually posted a list of drills accross the USA.  I would love to see that again.


These extremeist are Wahhabi... Saudi's.  Most ignorant mainstream republicans just regurgitate what Faux News tells them.

N2OJoe's picture

Good thing all those victims were disarmed by their own government or else the situation would never have had the chance to be come a mass shooting.

Joe Trader's picture

@headless_horseshit You really need to take your meds if you think the Iraq & Afghanistan wars were waged in the name of Christianity.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Yet another pathetic example of a straw man argument.

Obviously, based on what I have written here over the years, I don't think the Iraq & Afghanistan wars were waged in the name of Christianity.  I think they are being waged in the name of the petrol dollar and US hegemony.

Importantly, many of the Iraqis and Afghanis do see the invasion of their homelands as a Christian Holy War, which is easy to understand, from their perspective.

Watch the linked video.

thatthingcanfly's picture

How was that straw man?

"Importantly, many of the Iraqis and Afghanis do see the invasion of their homelands as a Christian Holy War, which is easy to understand, from their perspective."

What you seem to be missing is that "their perspective" is inextricably intertwined with a deliberate misinterpretation of core Christian beliefs. Mohammed wrote outright lies about Christianity, lies which are believed by modern Mohammedans as holy, revealed word of God.

BaBaBouy's picture

""Malik “was believed to be from Pakistan and had lived in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States.” “Farook traveled to Saudi Arabia earlier this year and returned with a wife,” AP reports,""

Ahhh... Good Ole House Of Saud... Poping Up Since 911 Over and Over and Over...

froze25's picture

The House of Saud needs to go at least cut off their funding the same way ISIS/Turkey Oil money needs to be cut off.

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Anonymous User (not verified) froze25 Dec 3, 2015 10:55 AM

I smell patsies. Just as the marathon bombers.

How convenient that they were shot at the scene.

Now for the rest of you 98% folks back at home, here's some news more suitable for sheeple viewing

BaBaBouy's picture

Oilbama, just Making Another Speach, STILL Claiming To Not Know The Motive For The Massacre... WOW, Is This Bissarroland???

Save_America1st's picture

So...a muslim from Chicago and a government employee???


Gee, who else is a muslim, government employee from Chicago that we all know of? ;-)

WordSmith2013's picture

This piece on Saudi Wahhabism points out the same.


"The Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia and the Perversion of Islam"


jcaz's picture

Pakis, man-  the nigger's nigger.....

techpriest's picture

So... Any evidence of an ISIS connection yet?

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Wait a second... How did this happen with all the NSA et al surveillance going on??

Abaco's picture

NSA doesn't give a shit about muslims or threats to the people of the US.

svayambhu108's picture

according to dating site iMilfap

847328_3527's picture

Most Pakis I have met have very strong "feelings" toward Americans. Many will not even shake your hand as they hiss at you, "I don't shake hands with a non-believer."

Stuck on Zero's picture
Syed Farook's problem was not religious fanaticism ... it was global warming.
Urban Redneck's picture

And look at the hundreds (if not thousands) of wanna be soldiers unleashed to do battle with a single Muslim .gov desk jockey and his sub-human wife.  

If a mere few hundred of my most dedicated former co-workers pulled something like this, they would suspend posse comitatus and pull troops from the North Korean border in order to coordinate a response.

This is the instability of the State incarnate.

The State cannot counter diversified and simultaneous resistance, as it relies on overwhelming force and isolation of the opposition.

And yet the plebs fall for divide et impera, generation after generation.

sandhillexit's picture

interesting choice...handicapped people at the dead-end of working America.


Oldwood's picture

If the obvious does not satisfy, then by all means please dig deeper. I am confident that with enough thought and investigation it will be possible to come up with a more desirable answer...something that better fits with your preconceptions.

Everybody has a reason for everything they do. To others it may not seem rational and are left with simply accepting it or seeking a more reasonable, rational or  deeper meaning or cause.

I do not understand anything about sports. Why anyone would be willing to waste time watching others chase a ball, much less pay for the privilege or buy all the crap that goes with it. I find their mental state suspect and believe them to be mentally weak and using sports as a crutch for their own lack of physical abilities, manhood, or simple fame. We should watch them closely for that kind of mental weakness is a sign. Further, those who are profiting from this are deliberately feeding it, for profit or maybe something far more diabolical. I'm thinking the animal skins associated with most sports "balls" possibly have a Jewish connection.

How far down the rabbit hole are we willing to go?

punishmentnotrevenge's picture

But wait aren't they our BFF's ?  Along with the Paki's!  Thank God none of them were on the flights that started this BS war on terror!   Oh wait there was a bunch of Saudis on board!?! Fuck it lets start a war with Chile!  Makes as much sense!

hedgeless_horseman's picture



" think the Iraq & Afghanistan wars were waged in the name of Christianity." argument which was not advanced by [me]. 

Mohammed wrote outright lies about Christianity, lies which are believed by modern Mohammedans as holy, revealed word of God.

Please cite these lies and your evidence that they are false.

thatthingcanfly's picture

Would take too long to recount here. But I'll recommend a book that summarizes this history well: "The sword of the Prophet," by Srdja Trifkovic.

Oldwood's picture

Gee HH, sure looks like you are taking sides here.

chumbawamba's picture

Just walk away, HH.  You can't compete against this level of ignorance.


Oldwood's picture

opposition is ALWAYS ignorance now isn't it.

The debate is over...that's how the climate changers put it. Deniers...they aren't confused or misinformed, they are simply stupid...or worse, evil trolls trying to distract from the FACTS at hand.


stick it up your ass.

chumbawamba's picture

No, it's because you miss the obvious point that HH is trying to convey, which is that everyone is killing in the name of something, and ultimately it's all motivated by blind lust and greed and stupidity.  You can blame a religion, a people, a skin color, whatever, but you're just missing the fucking point.

I am Chumbawamba.

Abaco's picture

That point was not so obvious. HH obscured it by attempting to equate Christianity with Islam as far as a record of violence goes. That is the propaganda of the day. The point you make, that the killing is motivated by lust for power and greed, can mare effectively be made without sputing non-germane bullshit as HH did.

malek's picture

1. To 95+% of the people to which that point was not so obvious, it wouldn't help to stick it right into their faces - they would still simply stick to their preconceptions.

2. HH sput[ted] non-germane bullshit?
I thought it was the other poster TerminalDebt that wrote the bullshit "Islam, the religion of Rest in Peace".
And over the last 1000 years, I believe HH is correct in his attempting to equate, even if you don't like to hear it.

Bananamerican's picture

"Islam, the religion of Rest in Peace"...(TerminalDebt)

So, following your logic, Christianity is the religion of Rest in Rubble (bomb, invade, occupy, and plunder)? (Hedgeless Horseman)


Hedgeless, you implied an equivalency between Islam and Christianity when it comes to mayhem then said:

"I don't think the Iraq & Afghanistan wars were waged in the name of Christianity.  I think they are being waged in the name of the petrol dollar and US hegemon"

Are you also suggesting then, that ISIL, Al Quaida, Muslim Brotherhood, etc ( LARGE religious extremist groups) are ALSO seeking to install currency regimes and hegemony? (ignoring that these Islamist groups are Saudi AND Western Intel funded)

Your original response to terminalDebt makes no sense

xavi1951's picture

HH - Invasion of their homelands?  Islam has NOT been around as long as the other religions in the area.  Islam conquered those countries and took them from others.  They are NOT their homelands.  Islam has only one (1) homeland, Saudi Arabia.  The rest, Islam conquered!  The first Holy Wars in the ME were when Islam slaughtered the Christians and Jews and laid claim to Jerusalem and Constantinople.  You need some history lessons headless.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



I see.  So, the USA is just reclaiming our historical homelands of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria?

Okienomics's picture

My wife is Cherokee.  Can she please have her original homeland back?

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

...but then she'd be obligated to return the land to the tribe her tribe slaughtered for the territory, and so on and on back 40 or 50 thousand years...

Breezy47's picture

Who did the Cherokee's take the land from?

TBT or not TBT's picture

They were illiterate so who knows.  You'll have to ask an archeologist what to make if their bones and arrowheads and what little else remains of such stone age people.  

Abaco's picture

Lions, Wolves, and Bears.