WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik denied carrying any belligerent sympathies or intentions when she was asked in an focus form for a U.S. visa dual years ago, papers described to Reuters on Tuesday showed.
Information in a papers could accelerate complaints of critics in Congress who pronounced flaws in a immigration complement meant Malik was not entirely investigated. The papers also showed that statements by Malik and her father and associate shooter Syed Rizwan Farook did not lift any alarms among authorities that they were intensity Islamic State militants.
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U.S.-born Farook pronounced they initial met in authority and became intent during a Oct 2013 Haj event to Mecca with their particular families, according to other papers expelled by a congressman on Tuesday.
They showed precisely what Malik and Farook settled to immigration officials when Malik went to a United States in Dec 2013, dual years before their lethal sharpened uproar in California that killed 14 people and bleeding 21 during a metropolitan holiday party.
Discrepancies in a focus lift questions about either a dual could have met in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on a date settled in Malik’s visa application. Farook settled a integrate met in person, as compulsory underneath U.S. visa routine for a K-1 fiancée visa, on Oct. 3, 2013 in Mecca.
Information on a papers also shows Pakistan-born Malik did not accept her visa to enter Saudi Arabia until Oct. 5, 2013, however, dual days after Farook claimed a dual met. Farook reason a Haj visa, antiquated Sept. 16, that authorised him to enter a Muslim holy city during a annual pilgrimage. But Malik did not reason a Haj visa, definition she would have been barred from entering Mecca during a time claimed in a U.S. visa application.
A examination of Malik’s U.S. visa focus by a Congressional Research Service, done during a ask of a House Judiciary Committee, lifted opposite questions. According to a CRS translation, a entrance stamp on Malik’s pass shows she entered Saudi Arabia on Jun 4, 2013. Her 60-day visa would have compulsory Malik to leave Saudi Arabia scarcely dual months before Farook’s pass shows he arrived, on Oct. 1, 2013.
A congressional help informed with a papers settled some difficulty about dates could have arisen since Saudi Arabia and some other Muslim countries use a Islamic calendar, while a Gregorian calendar is in far-reaching use elsewhere in a world.
U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia and authority of a House Judiciary Committee, in a matter pronounced Malik’s focus indispensable a some-more clever examination than it received. “Visa confidence is vicious to inhabitant security, and it’s unsuitable that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services did not entirely oldster Malik’s focus and instead sloppily authorized her visa,” Goodlatte said.
In other tools of Malik’s immigration file, described to Reuters by congressional sources, she denied anything in her credentials and activities that competence have lifted suspicions, including responding no when asked if she ever had used or sole weapons or intent in “terrorist activity.”
The questions were enclosed as partial of a permanent chateau application, a Form I-485 used by a Department of Homeland Security’s immigration unit. The routine began in Jan 2014 and it was authorized on Jul 27 a same year.
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Officials informed with a review have pronounced that it was detected after a Dec. 2 shootings that Malik began promulgation private messages by amicable media expressing magnetism for Islamist militancy before her U.S. visa was granted. Farook, 28, and Malik, 29, relatives of a six-month-old child, were killed in a shootout with troops after their attack.
Malik’s initial visa application, posted on a Internet by Goodlatte on Tuesday, was partial of a form Malik submitted to U.S. authorities to obtain a K-1 visa permitting her to enter a nation as Farook’s fiancée. The administration of President Barack Obama has not done a papers public.
ENGAGEMENT IN SAUDI ARABIA?
In a focus Malik pronounced a integrate initial met over a Internet on a “a matrimonial website.”
According to an concomitant matter Farook filed, a integrate initial communicated online and afterwards concluded to accommodate in person, along with their families, during a Oct 2013 Muslim event to Mecca.
The initial visa focus expelled by Goodlatte includes a two-paragraph account “Intention to Marry Statement” in that Farook claims that he, a U.S. native, and Malik, a local of Pakistan, initial met in Mecca during a haj in 2013.
“My fiancée’s relatives reside in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and she was visiting them during a month of Oct (2013). During a same month, my relatives and we motionless to perform a Hajj event to Mecca Saudi Arabia,” he wrote.
“We motionless to have both of a families accommodate on Thursday Oct 3, 2013 during a residence of my fiancée’s relations who lives not too distant from a Ajyad Hotel in Mecca. My fiancée and her family gathering from Riyadh to Mecca so we could accommodate and it is on this day that we got engaged,” Farook added.
To support this narrative, Farook told U.S. authorities that he had enclosed a duplicate of his Haj visa to uncover that he was in Saudi Arabia in Oct 2013 and that he also enclosed copies of his fiancée’s pass pages to uncover she was also there that month. He creates no discuss of Malik’s visa, that also is included, and does not seem to be a Haj visa compulsory for visits to Mecca during a Haj.
“My fiancée and we intend to marry within a initial month of her nearing in a United states,” Farook’s matter said.
The file, described to Reuters though not done open by Goodlatte, contains a matrimony permit released to Farook and Malik in Riverside, California, antiquated Sept. 8, 2014.
Reuters reported final week that U.S. consular authorities in Pakistan could have sought, though did not seek, a some-more consummate credentials review of Malik before extenuation her an initial visa to enter a United States as Farook’s fiancée.
Also in a element done accessible to Reuters was a customary petition finished by Malik, that asked her countless potentially divulgence questions about her credentials and intentions. Asked what organizations she belonged to, Malik replied, “none.”
Malik also answered “no” on a form when asked if she had ever belonged to a troops section or insurgent or vigilante group, or either she had ever used or sole weapons, and either she had ever undergone paramilitary training. Altogether, Malik answered “no” to some-more than a dozen additional questions about her background, including either she sought to overpower a U.S. government. (Reporting by Mark Hosenball; additional stating by Idrees Ali; modifying by David Greising, Howard Goller and Grant McCool)
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