Huffington Post — Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, provided his analysis of the federal indictment against three individuals connected to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of two deceased shooters in the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino.
Levin wrote: “The charges announced today (April 28) are federal felonies that arose during the terror investigation, but are not directly tied to the Dec. 2 attack. No one has been charged as of yet for the San Bernardino attack, and there has been no information publicly released of a wider conspiracy, or if anyone else was aware of the planned attacks besides the deceased assailants. … While the charges are not directly tied to the San Bernardino massacre, it gives federal investigators leverage, in the form of possible plea bargains to extract more information from those closest to the dead assailants.”
Three defendants are charged in a five count indictment arising out of “a marriage fraud conspiracy that involved making false statements under oath for the purpose of obtaining immigration benefits for one of the defendants” the United States Attorneys Office stated.