San Bernardino, CA Shooting - Patriot Act

by daberman on December 10, 2015 - 12:24pm

San Bernardino, CA. On December 2, 2015 the 355th mass shooting this year occurred in the United States of America. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were a couple that carried out an attack on co-workers at a municipality building during a Christmas event. The attack is thought to be very well planned out with several firearms bought, a rented car, many homemade bombs, and detailed plans. The public has not yet found out whether or not this is an act of terror or work rage. Information has been leaked about the couple contacting extremists in America and in the Middle East. Its all been noted that the couple has traveled to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in recent years.

What I am wondering is why authorities weren’t able to track the couple with the aid of the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act allows authorities to easily watch over your computer, social media and telephone. But how is it possible that he couple slid under the radar. They were contacting the extremists! Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik used social media and phone calls to talk to other people with the same belief system as them. In addition, the couple destroyed hard drives which could have had more information. Is it possible that the Patriot Act is not working? Are their not enough people watching over extremists? What is the next step to take to protect America?


Last week people around the world were again notified with news regarding Terror. Although we often hear that these criminals committing these horrible acts are muslim. Although the real question is that since there are 1.6 billion muslims around the world that it is not because of their religion. Maybe think about mental health?. According to most authorities it is believed that these people have been so called “radicalized” which in my opinion is someone playing with your mental state. Clearly its been proven that people who are suffering from a disease like schizophrenia often have voices talking to them leading to put them and other people at risk. My opinion, is that these people who committed these acts of terror whether in California or in Paris were clearly suffering from mental health issues. Also all of the terrorist caught in these acts were born in western areas of the world clearly proving that they’re place of bir Thus this reconfirms the fact that mental health should be a top priority in schools and communities in order for us to diagnose people at an earl stage. By early diagnosis not only will we minimize these horrible terror attacks but also help cure these people. In the long run, I am convinced we will see a change as mental health is becoming a more pressing issue. The only problem is we have to keep raising awareness in order to relieve the stigma related to mental health. Therefore the fact that everyone is losing their mind over some sort of online radicalization is completely absurd, the real people we should watch out is the people that are getting radicalized over the internet. Clearly these people who are getting convinced over the internet are the ones that pose a risk to our society.

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