12.03.15

Caution Urged on Terrorism as Motive (New York Times)

Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, cautioned after receiving a briefing from the F.B.I. that it was still too soon to say that terrorism motivated the shootings.

“I don’t think we know enough yet to conclude they were radicalized or there was a terrorism motive,” Mr. Schiff said in a telephone interview. “It’s possible that’s where we could end up, or it’s a well-planned-out act of workplace violence. Or a mix of the two.”

A senior counterterrorism official in Washington acknowledged that there were still many unanswered questions about the attackers’ motives, but said that the authorities were treating this increasingly as an act of terrorism.

 

“Most indications are there’s some link to terrorism,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential assessments. “The biggest thing now is trying to determine whether this was an act of home-grown violent extremism, or whether it was something inspired, or whether it was directed.”

 

The official said there was no evidence so far to suggest that the shootings had been directed by any individuals or terrorist group.


Source: New York Times