From here on maybe we should call him the Pajama Boy Jihadi.
Years before he met his rifle-slinging Pakistani bride, San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook plotted jihad with his boyhood next-door neighbor in 2012, it was revealed Wednesday.
Farook’s pal, Islam-convert Enrique Marquez, had by then purchased the firepower to pull off an attack: the very same two AR-15s that Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik would use last week in slaughtering 14 people at the Inland Regional Center.
A specific target was weighed, CNN reported, citing two US officials, though they did not identify it.
But Marquez, who is cooperating with the FBI, has told investigators that he got cold feet and the 2012 plot fell through, the network reported.
Marquez, 24, has also told investigators that he had no advance knowledge of last week’s massacre.
But a Marquez pal told ABC News that at a party months ago, the glasses-wearing Walmart employee made a remark that in hindsight was prophetic.
“He said something along the lines of, ‘There’s a lot of Muslims in our own backyard, just ready to go haywire and attack,’ ” the friend, Michael G. Stone, told ABC.
“And we didn’t think nothing of it. We just brushed it aside, you know. He was drunk, so I don’t know.”
Immediately after last week’s shooting, Marquez took to Facebook to apologize. “I’m. Very sorry guys. It was a pleasure” [sic].
Marquez then checked himself in to a mental institution, delaying the investigation. Federal agents raided Marquez’s home Saturday, but were only able to interview him Tuesday. He so far has not been charged.
Marquez and Farook lived side-by-side in Riverside, Calif., from childhood until only a few months ago, when Farook and new bride Malik took their infant daughter and moved 17 miles northeast to his mom’s town house in Redlands.
As a teen, Marquez attended a nearby mosque with the Farook family and, by 2011, the two were radicalized, sources told CNN.
Speaking of the Farook baby, you’ll never guess who’s meddling in the custody case: If you guessed the terror co-conspirators from CAIR, you are correct.
You may see this as Islamist audacity – even, dare we say, chutzpah. Actually, it is business as usual.
In San Bernardino, heartbroken families are preparing to bury the 14 innocent people murdered last week by Islamic jihadists Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. They are tending to another 21 wounded by the married terrorists. Meanwhile the Los Angeles chapter of CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) is pressing child custody authorities in California to comply with Islamic law – sharia – in the placement of the six-month-old infant the terrorist couple left behind.
They may not be saying that that is what they are doing, but that is what they are doing.
In the long term, CAIR-LA is pushing to have the child placed with Farook’s sister, Saira Khan. This is going on, mind you, even as FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee today that the Islamic supremacist couple had been discussing jihad and martyrdom for the last two years (i.e., beginning before Malik immigrated to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia in 2014). Farook may even have plotted a terrorist attack in 2012.
Even before Director Comey’s testimony, we knew Farook’s mother was living with the couple in what was a bomb factory teeming with ammunition, and that his father was well aware that Farook was an admirer of the Islamic State (ISIS). One might figure, oh I don’t know, maybe CAIR would want to think twice before asking the authorities to place the infant with members of this family. But no.
We probably won’t be banning Muslims from entering the country, but we sure can outlaw groups that are hostile to our way of life. Let them squeal all they want, but these people are a danger. Insanely, they have very good friends in the White House.