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Counterterrorism expert details latest on San Bernardino suspects’ possible connection to terrorism




Redlands Police stand near Center Street and Pine Avenue on Wednesday night, Dec. 2, 2015 as authorities serve a search warrant following a mass shooting inside the the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.
Redlands Police stand near Center Street and Pine Avenue on Wednesday night, Dec. 2, 2015 as authorities serve a search warrant following a mass shooting inside the the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.
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As details continue to trickle out about Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, we still don’t know much about a motive for the attack.

There have been reports that a workplace dispute led the suspect to become enraged, while other reports suggest Farook had radicalized online and was in contact with terror suspects.

On Friday, it was reported that federal officials found that Tasfheen Malik, one of the suspects, had pledged allegiance to ISIS in a Facebook post made under an alias account.

What can we say with certainty so far about the suspects’ connection to terrorism? Is there a possibility of self-radicalization? What do we know about the suspects’ ability to construct bombs? Is it possible that the two suspected shooters could have pulled off the attack on their own, or do you think there had to be outside help?

Guest:

Seth Jones, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation think tank; Jones has served as the representative for the commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations; Author, "Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa'ida after 9/11" (W.W. Norton, 2012)

Brian Michael Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the President of the Rand Corporation and one of the nation's leading experts on terrorism and homeland security