What do we know about the “mystery woman” who along with her husband opened fire on her husband’s colleagues in San Bernardino?
- Tacheen Malik provided fraudulent information on her U.S. visa application, and neither the DHS or State Department caught the easily-verifiable info. Malik came to the U.S. on what is known as a “fiancé” visa, which allows an American fiancé to petition for his or her partner’s temporary entry before marriage.
- Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook got married on August 16, 2014 at California’s Riverside County. Malik met her future husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, online. The two married in Islam’s holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
- Officials at the Al Huda center in Multan, Pakistan said that the woman, Tashfeen Malik, enrolled in an 18-month course to study the Quran in 2013, just as she completed a degree in pharmacology at a nearby public university. But she left before finishing the course, telling administrators she was leaving to get married. Critics in Pakistan have long accused Al Huda, which urges women to cover their faces and study the Quran, of spreading a more conservative strain of Islam. But it has never been directly linked to jihadist violence.Al-Huda International was founded by 57-year-old Farhat Hashmi, a woman so controversial that Canadian officials asked her to leave the country in 2006 after she had immigrated there with her family, Maclean’s magazine reported at the time.
- She spoke broken English, wore a veil in public, avoided her neighbors and refused to drive, even after giving birth to her first child in May.
- Malik belonged to an educated, politically influential family from Karor Lal Esan in the Layyah district of Pakistan. Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, a cousin of Malik’s father, was once a provincial minister. Residents said the Aulakh family is known to have connections to militant Islam.
- Described as a “shy, quiet, and submissive” “girl next door” would be appropriate if shy, quiet, girls next door knew how to make pipe bombs, frequently contacted radical people in the Middle East, and possessed her ability to impressively lock and load.
I guess this is all we DO know about this woman, but in the midst of all the whining on television about “not wanting to offend Muslims” and protestations between every question that Islam is a “religion of love ad peace”, no one addresses the fact that these two have been “radicalized” for a long time. Further, what woman is so lacking in maternal instincts that she hates the country where she lives and the people who have been apparently welcoming to her more than she loves the helpless infant she gave birth to. I know that one of the news-people on CNN suggested that it might be “postpartum depression”, but I don’t think so.
Perhaps it might be helpful, for once, to find a way to objectively look at the tenets of the religion without self flagellation, constant apologizing and begging for votes. Something is missing here and I think that it is our own desire to value our OWN values and way of life. It is preposterous that we are so “big” that we are “above” the idea of self preservation. And one thing for sure, if you are un-armed they will not be.
Shannon Johnson, 45, of Los Angeles; Bennetta Bet-Badal, 46, of Rialto; Aurora Godoy, 26, of San Jacinto; Isaac Amanios, 60, of Fontana; Larry Daniel Kaufman, 42, of Rialto; Harry Bowman, 46, of Upland; Yvette Velasco, 27, of Fontana; Sierra Clayborn, 27, of Moreno Valley; Robert Adams, 40, of Yucaipa; Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, of Colton; Tin Nguyen, 31, Santa Ana; Juan Espinoza, 50, Highland; Damian Meins, 58, of Riverside; and Michael Wetzel, 37, of Lake Arrowhead were the ones who paid the price in this misadventure.