Morbid fascination

Despite FBI vs. Apple outcome, a fascination persists with Tashfeen Malik

In a handout photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook, the couple who massacred 14 people in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015, at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, July 27, 2014. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via The New York Times)

The FBI scored a big victory in its standoff with the FBI over Syed Rizwan Farook’s locked iPhone by announcing it had broken into the phone without the help of the world’s most valuable company. For Tina Brown, the editor-in-chief of this site, the outcome was a moment to relish, “a rare win for Officer Flatfoot versus the insular smugness of the Silicon Valley boys.” But nearly five months after the deadly attack that left 14 dead and 22 others injured, Brown says she’s still morbidly fascinated with Tashfeen Malik, Farook’s wife. Malik was born in Pakistan and grew up in Saudi Arabia, which is where Farook met her. She came to the U.S. on a so-called “fiancee-visa” that was “sloppily approved” and, at age 29, conspired to carry out the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Brown describes being haunted by Malik’s gaze in an immigration photo released by federal officials in the wake of the attack,  “the gaze of a woman willing to leave her 6-month-old baby an orphan.”

Read her full column here.


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