FBI Director James Comey says the two San Bernardino shooters were radicalized before they became engaged to be married. Comey told a Senate hearing that Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik were talking about jihad and martyrdom in 2013. Comey said the San Bernardino attacks represent a new phase in the battle against terrorism. He noted that the attacks involved two self-radicalized people who hatched a homegrown plot while being inspired by international terrorist organizations.
Comey said investigators are trying to discover whether Farook and Malik were plotting other attacks. He noted the alarm many people feel after the attacks in San Bernardino and Paris but said Americans should not be paralyzed by fear. He urged people to go about their lives while being alert and vigilant. Opening the hearing, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley said President Obama is focusing too much attention on gun control and not enough attention fighting "radical Islamic terrorism." Grassley chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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