tv FBI Director James Comey on the San Bernardino Shooting CSPAN December 4, 2015 8:00pm-8:10pm EST
san bernadino mass shooting. hostsritage foundation discussion on the obama strategy -- counterterrorism strategy. general loretta lynch comey spoke from fbi had worked -- headquarters in washington, d.c. attorney general lynch: good afternoon, everyone. thank you for coming over. i have joined by the director today. the news from san bernardino continues to evolve, and now we have seen the names and faces of those who have fallen and the injured, and let's keep them in our prayers, not just those who lost their lives, but those who were injured, including law
enforcement officials. it is an evolving investigation. we told you we would keep you informed about this investigation. recently there was a press conference in the local area with the assistant director in charge of the los angeles office providing details. the director will give you a briefing as well. the fbi has taken the lead in this investigation. they continue to work with our local partners who are outstanding, also along with the atf and u.s. marshals as well as we continue to investigate this. there is a lot of new information. the director will give you more insight to that. so thank you for being here today. director comey: our hearts continue to eight for the people lost and wounded in san bernardino and their families.
i want to say were to and say -- i want to say a word of gratitude and say how impressed we were with the response of local law enforcement in san bernardino. they were amazing. we are lucky that good people become police officers in this country. i want to say thanks to the folks we do not talk about a lot, the people who render emergency care, doctors, nurses, those are the people who are the angels of our business and don't get the thanks they deserve. thank you to them. we want to make sure you understand this is now a federal terrorism investigation led by the fbi. the reason is the investigation so far has developed indications of radicalization by the killers and the potential inspiration foreign terrorist organizations. and we are spending a tremendous amount of time over the last 48 hours trying to understand motives of these killers and trying to understand every detail of their lives.
we are going through a large volume of electronic evidence. this is electronic evidence these killers tried to destroy and tried to conceal from us that we now have. i know there are a lot of good questions that folks want to answers for quickly. there are inspired to do things well and carefully. there is a lot of evidence that does not make sense, so we are trying to be thoughtful to understand it, so we understand the full extent of what we have here. let me offer you a couple of specifics. first, our investigation to date, only two days old, we have no indication these killers are part of an organized larger group or formed part of a cell.
there is no indication they are part of a network. i quickly add it is early. we are working hard to understand, but i wanted to know so far we do not see such indications. second, there is nothing in our holdings about these two killers. i have seen reporting were folks have focused on reports that they were in contact, at least one was in contact with people who had been the subject of fbi investigations, investigations that were closed or opened. i urge you not to make too much of that. there were no contacts between the killers and the subject of our investigations that was such a significance to raise those to our radar screens. i would not want you to overindex on that it. it is 48 hours old. there's much about this that does not make sense even those of us who do this for a living. that is the reason we have
hundreds of people running down leads over the world and spending tremendous amount of time as we sit here trying to understand electronic record around these two killers. let me close by saying something the attorney general and i have said before, that is we know this is very unsettling to the people of united states. what we hope you will do is not let fear become disabling, but to instead channel into an awareness of your strength to get you to it that is where you're living your life, but if you see something that does not make sense, you say something to somebody. when we look over our cases over the last 10 to 15 years, in almost every case we find that somebody saw something, whether a family member or friend or co-worker, and didn't say something, then went over facts that made their hair stand up on the backs of their necks. do not do that. we have worked hard to get
ourselves to a place where if you tell a police officer or call the fbi and say, i thought something next door that seems off, online and off, it will get to the right people, and we will investigate it quickly and responsibly. we investigate in secret. if there's nothing there, no harm done. if there was something there, great harm may be avoided. we would ask you channel that sense of fear into something healthy, an awareness of your surroundings, and let us do the work you pay us to do, which is to investigate and fight terrorism, while you live your lives in this great country of ours. on the next "washington journal," a changes to the nsa that exchange program.
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