Federal prosecutors have filed a civil forfeiture action to prevent the payout of two life insurance policies held by Syed Rizwan Farook. You may remember Farook. He and his wife shot and killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.
Farook was 28. , His wife, Tashfeen Malik, was only 27 when the inept terrorists died Bonnie and Clyde style in a shoot-out with a every local, state, and federal law enforcement officer in southern California last December.
As inept as they were at fighting and escaping, the couple managed to kill 14 civilians. Authorities have stated the obvious–the pair was motivated by Islamic extremism. And the incident remains the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11, 2001.
The complaint for forfeiture shows that Farook had two life insurance policies through his job with San Bernardino County. One for $25,000 and another for $250,000. His mother, Rafia Farook, is the primary beneficiary.
“Terrorists must not be permitted to provide for their designated beneficiaries through their crimes,” U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said about the decision.
“My office intends to explore every legal option available to us to ensure these funds are made available to the victims of this horrific crime,” Decker said. “We will continue to use every tool available to seek justice on behalf of the victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks.”
The policies were issued by the Minnesota Life Insurance Group, and they have not commented yet.
It is worthy of note that very few life insurance policies have stipulations about committing suicidal acts of terrorism. And like the flight training before 9/11, this may become another red flag that indicates intent before these idiots spring into action.
Many see the issue in a symbolic light, as well. By taking money from the citizens of this country who actually pay for and use insurance as it was intended, the terrorists have one last laugh. Anything we can do to curtail the long reach of their ideology is surely to find support.