Senator Jack Reed calls self-radicalized assailants like those responsible for the San Bernardino, California mass shooting one of the top threats facing the US. The couple that launched the attack did not appear to be on the radar of US intelligence.
The female half of the husband and wife team that made the fatal attack reportedly used an online post to pledge allegiance to Islamic State. But this didn’t happen until the time of the mass shooting. Senator Reed says that shows the difficulty of finding extremists who do not make earlier indications of their extremism.
"One of the things that’s very disturbing about this situation is even their closest relatives had no indication, no suspicion," he said. "The brother of the individual – the man – was in the United States Navy."
Reed says the US has to use intelligence and outreach into different communities to try to prevent more attacks like the one in San Bernardino.