The Islamic State did not take credit for Syed Farook’s rampage, although adherents—miscreants on Twitter—“began celebrating the mass shooting in San Bernardino hours after the massacre, creating the hashtag #America_Burning.”
Now, according to Catherine Herridge of Fox News, a “$28,500 deposit was made to Syed Farook’s bank account from WebBank.com on Nov.18, some two weeks before he and his wife Tashfeen Malik carried out the San Bernardino massacre, a source close to the investigation told Fox News Monday.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 8, 2015
Heritage and Fox are not sure if the money was a bank loan or came from an as of yet unknown source. If the Islamic State did not directly support Farook, it is unlikely they sent him the money.
In addition to $5,000 apparently going to Farook’s mother, “investigators are exploring whether [a] $10,000 cash withdrawal was used to reimburse Enrique Marquez, the man who bought the two semiautomatic rifles used in the San Bernardino shootings.”
If so, Farook took his sweet time paying back his “childhood best friend,” Marquez. According to the Los Angeles Times, the weapons were bought three years ago.
The Enrique Marquez angle is significantly different than what was initially reported and repeated by Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina during an appearance on the Morning Joe Show. Fiorina said “the ATF believes that someone purchased this gun on behalf of the police department and somehow that gun ended up in the hands of this guy.”
It appears the “baby-faced” Marquez may be a patsy. Officials said the “modified ‘assault-style’ weapons, had been purchased by an unidentified third party, which they believe to be Marquez.”
Marquez checked himself into a mental health facility in Long Beach after the shooting. Described as weird, nerdish and reclusive, Marquez does not seem like the type to deal in military-style semiautomatic rifles. If he has mental issues, he may be a person easily manipulated and set-up.
If it turns out the money Farook supposedly acquired did not come from a bank loan, it will be interesting to see where it originated. That part of the story will probably fall through the cracks and Winston Churchill’s famous quip may ultimately come into play:
“It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”