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December 5, 2015

San Bernardino

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on December 5, 2015

A still emerging major news story such as the bloodbath in San Bernardino is not well-suited for detailed attention by this blog, in my judgment.  But clearly the event and our eventual judgments regarding it are likely to  have important homeland security implications.

According to the Associated Press, “The Islamic State group’s official radio station has aired a statement saying the mass shooting in California was carried out by two “supporters” of the extremist group. While praising the attack, the group stopped short of claiming responsibility for it. The Al-Bayan report Saturday echoed a claim carried Friday by the IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency.”

The Los Angeles Times is giving significant and sustained attention to the continuing investigation.  The reports are aggregated by The Times here.


The single best commentary I have so-far read on the implications of San Bernardino is by Jessica Stern, author of Terror in the Name of God and ISIS: The State of Terror.  In the Sunday New York Times she offers an empirically informed and thoughtfully framed analysis.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

December 5, 2015 @ 6:40 am

The shooting meets my definition of TERRORISM! The MSM is collectively calling it the largest TERROR ATTACK domestically since 9/11/01!

Comment by Concerned Citizen

December 5, 2015 @ 7:12 am

ISIS link in San Bernardino rampage defies Obama’s safety assurances

Comment by Philip J. Palin

December 5, 2015 @ 8:47 am

Mr. Tingus: Back on November 17 I asked you a question for which I have not seen an answer. I will ask it again: If there were 100 men, women, and children across the river from your town of 10,000, hungry, homeless, and hurting and you had it on credible authority (believable to you) that 99 were innocent victims of a ruthless regime and one was a dangerous agent of that regime, what would you do?

I think there are several possible answers. I would be very interested in yours.

As I have offered previously, when your rhetoric is dismissive of others, many will be inclined to dismiss you. The tone that you use is, perhaps, reinforcing with those who already agree with you. But if you are actually seeking to have a conversation with others who are undecided or disagree, the dismissive tone is a major impediment.

Comment by Tingus Citizen

December 6, 2015 @ 2:52 pm

…and further Mr. Palin and in anticipation of Barry Obama’s same empty rhetoric to be spun from the WH in an address before the dwindling few who will turn in to pay any attention to his continued “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” this evening:

Any suggestion of rampant gun violence in America is factually untrue and in fact gun violence is very much in a downward spiral coupled with gun ownership soaring over 100 million weapons and as we saw this Black Friday, some 185,000+ guns purchased on Black Friday – a record number of background checks orders – and furthermore, more and more supporting NRA membership w/responsible gun owners and advocates clearly showing that other countries have far worse stats in violence as well as gun ownership in the US clearly portraying lawful citizens buying guns to protect themselves, family and friends, neighbors and carrying such guns — for all lawful purpose —

….and moreover Mr. Palin, it is in fact Barry Obama from the Oval Office who will continue to spew empty rhetoric and a failure in leadership and very much part of his own biases and limitations as an individual indoctrinated himself by the nonsense and biased he willingly was attentive to for twenty years by the illustrious Rev Wright and supporter of such fundamentalists whereby he talked about the Right of Tehran to have WMD in hand as long as the “Zionists” had in hand….

My own rebuttal to Barry Obama after his unchanged oratory and his obvious leanings to allowing the majority of any refugees into our beloved Republic as Muslims rather than Christians as a priority given the abuse against Christians remains by the fact that nothing Barry Obama will say from the Oval Office about gun control will have any merit when it comes to gun ownership and background checks which would have thwarted the attack in San Bernadino….it is NOT to strengthen gun laws, but to demand a government who understands on both side of the aisle that WE want our borders closed, visas for anyone entering our country, even if from Europe and lastly, given that his nation is still very much a Judeo-Christian nation and while all are welcome and will not be subjected to any disrespect by the majority of lawful citizens and on the lighting of candles for Hanukkah shortly and the celebration of Christ and Christmas where I and mist wish everyone who celebrates a Merry Christmas and to those who have other freedom of religious choice, Happy Holidays, a sign saying how the majority of Americans feel this Christmas in 2015 despite this White House Administration, the tainted Justice Department and a State Department who allows its own leadership to pimp and prostitute classified emails to seemingly line the coffers of the Clinton Administration which is so appalling, however the Spirit of Christmas endures despite the soldiers of Lucifer allowed herein to our beloved Republic and a sign I am just walking by clearing showing our majority faith and shouting as well – God Bless America:

The sign like so many more as I walk my neighborhood:


Comment by William R. Cumming

December 6, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

Self-radicalized persons committing terrorism still are terrorists IMO!

Comment by Philip J. Palin

December 6, 2015 @ 4:52 pm

Mr. Tingus: Thank you for the report on the Attorney-General’s comments. I had not seen that. I agree with her constitutional analysis. I agree that the risk of anti-Muslim violence is of concern as a matter of constitutional protection, ethical behavior, and national security. Nothing would be more satisfying to ISIS than to see an outbreak of sectarian violence in the United States. That is precisely what they want to provoke. Anything that positions Americans as uncaring and violent hypocrites is what they can use.

In regard to the Season: As I write it is just about 5PM Eastern on Sunday, the first night of Hanukkah. Single candles are about to be lit all along the Atlantic. In my own tradition the season of Advent, preceding Christmas, is a period of penitence: self-reflection, confession, correction, and preparation. Love is profoundly difficult. We give ourselves a few weeks to build up sufficient vulnerability to love and be loved. This year I will need every possible hour.

Comment by Tingus Citizen

December 6, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

Kindly reference:


Enough of this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” —

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 10, 2015 @ 6:55 am

FBI Director Comfey’s testimony on Thursday December 9th seems to be a quite different story than the MSM and Executive Branch on the event.

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