Questions Arise On Whether Couple Pledged Support For ISIS

Previously, this website – OK, Fine – wrote about whether the San Bernardino shooting could be considered “workplace violence.” It has been made clear by numerous media outlets that the people who were killed were the co-workers of one of the shooters – Syed Farook.  The people at the party the couple raided were employees of the San Bernardino County Health Department – the same employer as Farook.

Many media outlets also reported that one or more of the shooters pledged support for ISIS on Facebook. That, however, is another story due to a lack of online evidence. That – or related claims – may be coming into question.

According to The Washington Post, on December 16th, FBI Director James B. Comey said this to reporters in New York: “So far, in this investigation we have found no evidence of posting on social media by either of them at that period in time and thereafter reflecting their commitment to jihad or to martyrdom. I’ve seen some reporting on that, and that’s a garble.”

That report can be found here.

Reports in the New York Times and in other outlets claimed that the San Bernardino couple “talked openly on social media” about waging violent jihad, but that does not seem to be true.

Instead, the husband-and-wife duo were “showing signs in their communication of their joint commitment to jihad and to martyrdom” through private messages, rather than publicly visible postings, Comey said.

“Those communications are direct, private messages,” said Comey, according to The Washington Post.

The NYT report can be found here, titled “Visa Screening Missed an Attacker’s Zealotry on Social Media.”

That report was sourced to “American law enforcement officials.”  The article then went on to blame immigration officials for supposedly not catching the elusive posts on social media.

So, apparently, the FBI director is now saying that there were no public posts pledging jihad, but remarks of that nature were made in “direct private messages.”

On Wednesday, the New York Times wrote, “The New York Times reported on Sunday that Ms. Malik had talked openly about jihad on social media before she applied for a visa to come to the United States. While those remarks were made online, Mr. Comey said, they were ‘direct private messages’ and not easily accessed. Nevertheless, the F.B.I. was able to obtain them in the days since the attacks.”

On Monday, The Los Angeles Times wrote that Malik had “sent at least two private messages on Facebook to a small group of Pakistani friends in 2012 and 2014, pledging her support for Islamic jihad and saying she hoped to join the fight one day,” according to Richard A. Serrano. That would seem more accurate, because it mentions private messages, not public posts.  That bit of information is sourced to “two top federal law enforcement officials.”

However, the Washington Post states: “Comey declined to identify which social network the communication appeared on.”  So, we don’t even know if it was on Facebook, or if it was just an e-mail.

The LA Times article also questions the legitimacy of U.S. anti-terrorism officials. “The new details indicate U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies missed warnings on social media that Malik was a potential threat before she entered the United States on a K-1 fiancee visa in July 2014,” writes Serrano, who notes that FBI agents “recovered” the messages.

So, long story short: the FBI claims there were no public posts pledging jihad, though there were private messages, and he doesn’t say that it was on Facebook.

The reports about public posts blew up in the media, and all sorts of follow-up reports surfaced, and went straight into the political mainstream.

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz stated: “It’s not a lack of competence that is preventing the Obama administration from stopping these attacks. It is political correctness. We didn’t monitor the Facebook posting of the female San Bernardino terrorist because the Obama DHS thought it would be inappropriate. She made a public call to jihad, and they didn’t target it.”

Police have said that Malik wrote a Facebook post pledging allegiance to the Islamic State on the day of the attack, though Comey’s statement Wednesday addressed earlier alleged social media activity.

There is no longer a Facebook account for Tashfeen Malik in California to be found online.


Does The Media Have A Liberal Bias?

The Young Turks

Recently, the news network CNN punished reporter Elise Labott for a tweet on refugees.  Her suspension was confirmed on Friday by an unnamed executive at the network.  Below is the tweet.

At the same time, CNN pundits pushing the pro-war agenda such as CNN’s Jim Acosta or Christine Amanpour are not disciplined.

Is CNN showing both sides of the story?

Conservative Media Outlets Back Trump

TYT Network

Rupert Murdoch is the owner of News Corp., which owns Fox News. The CEO who runs Fox News is Roger Ailes.

Murdoch seemed skeptical of the policies of Donald Trump, whereas Ailes supported him. Did they work out their differences?

What about conservative media personality Rush Limbaugh?

Does conservative media like Trump?

Why Doesn’t The Media Cover Outsourcing?

Secular Talk

Does the media cover job outsourcing enough?

According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. multinational corporations, which employ a fifth of all American workers, have been hiring abroad while cutting back at home.

Raw Story writes:

“Outsourcing (or offshoring) is a bigger contributor to unemployment in the U.S. than laziness.

“Since 2000, U.S. multinationals have cut 2.9 million jobs here while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg…”

Australian Teen Was Paid To Model Clothes On Own Instagram Site, Decides To Give It Up

According to the British Newspaper The Guardian, an Australian teenager with over half a million followers on Instagram has quit the platform, describing it as “contrived perfection made to get attention”, and called for others to quit social media – perhaps with help from her new website.

Essena O’Neill, 18, said she was able to make an income from marketing products to her 612,000 followers on Instagram. She claims she received “$2000AUD a post EASY”. Her rejection of social media celebrity has won her praise, writes The Guardian.

Jade Helm Ended Quietly Last Month

Whatever happened to the “massive” military exercise that was supposed to take over parts of the U.S. to establish martial law?

Sources claim that the military exercise ended quietly in the middle of September.  The New York Times states:

“In the end, the soldiers rumored to be going after people’s guns handed out plaques and offered handshakes. Conspiracy theories of a military invasion, with trains to transport shackled political prisoners and Blue Bell ice cream trucks doubling as portable refrigerated morgues, fizzled as the most controversial Special Forces activity eyewitnesses saw was some service members, on a lake, on Jet Skis. “

Jade Helm 15 officially ended on Tuesday, September 15th, wrapping up an eight-week military training exercise in Texas and six other southern and southwestern states.  The New York Times states that Army officials said the drill was conducted to provide Special Operations forces with a realistic war-game experience that included military personnel playing the roles of good guys and bad guys.  The NYT also stated that Jade Helm fueled concerns that it was a plot by the Obama administration and the military to impose martial law and create – as radio host Alex Jones reportedly described – a “technological infrastructure for authoritarian political control.”


“Naturally, there wasn’t a takeover of either Texas or the broader southwest, nor were there military personnel and vehicles parading through the streets of various towns desensitizing citizens to the idea of a slowly boiling military presence, eventually leading to martial law…”

What is One America News Network?

TYT Network

What is One America News Network?


“One America News Network (abbreviated as OAN, commonly referred to as One America News) is an American cable news television channel that is owned by the Herring Networks, Inc. The network is headquartered in San Diego, California, and operates a news bureau in Washington, D.C. Originally envisioned as a conservative news network, OAN’s stated focus is delivering a credible source of national and international news 24/7. OAN also features political analysis programming and political talk shows, along with network special documentary-style reports; its news coverage attempts to maintain objectivity while its political shows illustrate a stronger conservative lean.

“The channel was launched on July 4, 2013.”

Recently, an anchor on One America News gave a lengthy editorial on the Middle East and ISIS.  TYT Network discusses it.