Muslim Father of San Bernardino Terrorist Put on Terror Watch List
Apparently, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree…
Syed Farook, the father of Islamist killer Syed Farook, was reportedly put on the Terrorist Watch List.
Syed Farook, 67, is the father of Syed Rizwan Farook – who gunned down 14 people along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik on Wednesday in San Bernardino, California. Mr. Farook claimed his son was a mommy’s boy, who obsessed over Israel’s fate and supported the hateful ideology of ISIS. (Daily Mail)
According to ABC, the elder Farook took lengthy trips to Pakistan last year and this year.
ABC News reported:
Caught up in the investigation’s widening net as well is the Farook’s 66-year-old father, also named Syed Farook, who has been placed on a federal terrorist watch list, according to an official with direct knowledge of the case. The official told ABC News authorities are investigating the elder Farook’s multiple trips to his native Pakistan, including lengthy trips this year and last year.
“The FBI has identified him [the younger Farook] as a known terrorist,” the official said. “He’s dead. But he is now known as a terrorist. His father is an immediate family member who spent extended periods of time in Pakistan. He’s watch listed.”
A former senior counter-terrorism official said that family members of identified terrorists are often added to the Terrorist Identifier Datamart Environment (TIDE) as a precaution during the course of an investigation.
The official close to the case said that the elder Farook came to the U.S. in 1972 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1999.
Photo obtained by ABC News shows Tashfeen Malik, center, and Syed Rizwan Farook, right, going through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on July 27, 2014.