Well this isn’t good news. ABC News is reporting tonight that the address used by Tafsheen Malik on her K-1 Visa application doesn’t exist: (update: ABC News has issued a correction to their report – see update at the bottom of this post):
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— Justin Ellis (@_JustinEllis) December 4, 2015
But we were told she was fully vetted:
— National Review (@NRO) December 4, 2015
NEW: Shooting suspect Tashfeen Malik passed DHS counterterrorism screening as part of her vetting for K-1 visa, @margbrennan reports.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 3, 2015
Maybe President Obama can explain how the vetting of Syrian refugees will be different form Malik, because that’s something we’d like to know:
So how different is the process for the K1 visa from the vetting given to Syrian refugees? Seems relevant.
— John Sexton (@verumserum) December 4, 2015
Oh sure we'll be fully vetting those refugees. But this is what "fully vetting" means to this administration. https://t.co/AWUSL6roLJ
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) December 4, 2015
Don't worry! The same feds who "vetted" this jihadi chick and secured the apartment are gonna make sure 75K Syrians are cool. @benshapiro
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) December 4, 2015
Is it still unreasonable to think the feds aren't capable of vetting tens of thousands of Syrian refugees?
— THE Chris Coon (@Coondawg68) December 4, 2015
Tashfeen Malik passed a thorough DHS vetting for her K-1 Visa. She killed 14 Americans. Still think #SyrianRefugees are a good idea?
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 4, 2015
— Michael Openshaw (@mopenshaw) December 4, 2015
And it looks the terrorists’ landlord used the same vetting process as DHS:
— N. J. Burkett (@njburkett7) December 4, 2015
It really was this bad, wasn’t it?
Tashfeen Malik passed 2 rounds of criminal and national security background checks to obtain a “fiancé visa” https://t.co/ZtNak8uRPr
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 5, 2015
As a routine part of the visa and green card applications, Ms. Malik gave fingerprints and other identifying information, which were passed twice through background checks using the State Department’s watch lists and the immigration, counterterror and criminal databases at the Department of Homeland Security and at the F.B.I.
For the K-1 visa, Mr. Farook, 28, initiated the application to bring in his fiancée, who provided a Pakistani passport. Adhering to standard procedure for the K-1 visa, Ms. Malik had to demonstrate to State Department consular officials in Pakistan that their relationship was legitimate, and that she and Mr. Farook intended to marry in the United States within 90 days after she received the visa. Mr. Farook had to prove that he and Ms. Malik had met in person at least once in the previous two years, typically done by providing photos showing them together, personal messages and travel reservations. After the 90-day period, a K-1 visa expires and cannot be renewed.
As part of that review, Ms. Malik had a personal interview with a consular officer in Pakistan, federal officials said.
ABC News has issued a correction to their report:
UPDATE: ABC News Screwed UP – San Bernardino Terror Bride Did NOT USE FAKE Address On VISA Application https://t.co/Xovr5PoTuF
— el Sooper ن (@SooperMexican) December 5, 2015
Via ABC News:
Correction (Dec. 5): An earlier version of this report said Tashfeen provided a nonexistent address to U.S. officials when she applied for a fiance visa. Local residents say the version of the address provided is not precise, but the family does own a house in the neighborhood. This report was also updated Friday evening with new information from the Farook family attorney about how Malik and Farook met.