Some five hours before police publicly identified Sayed Farook as one of the three suspects in the attack Wednesday on a social services facility in San Bernardino, California, that killed at least 14 people, talk-radio host Michael Savage announced Farook’s name on the air.
Farook was one of two people shot to death in a gun battle with officers. The other was 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik who, a family member said, was Farook’s wife.
Savage picked up the suspect’s name from a Twitter account that was monitoring a police scanner.
Farook, described by co-workers as a “devout Muslim,” had worked at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health for five years.
After Savage announced Farook as a possible suspect at 4:12 p.m. Eastern Time, he commented on how reticent Obama and his Department of Homeland Security is to connect Islam to the ongoing threat of terrorism.
Savage put himself in the position of a DHS officer in the wake of the attack Wednesday.
“Hmm, you start piecing things together. Christmas party, Sayed Farook. Hmm, I wonder, I just wonder: Am I allowed to to even think that? No, you wouldn’t say it to your superior,” Savage said.
“Don’t even suggest it if you’re in the DHS or FBI. Sit there like a dummy and make believe you don’t know. Wait for the geniuses at the top to tell you what to think. Wait until the great president gives a speech before you say anything about who possibly could have done this or where they’re hiding.”