FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday and the big take away seems to be that the San Bernardino terrorists were “radicalized” two years ago.

Rebecca Kaplan reports at CBS News:

FBI director: San Bernardino suspects radicalized at least 2 years ago

FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the husband and wife team suspected of shooting 14 people in the San Bernardino, California last week were radicalized at least two years before the attack.

Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik began talking about jihad and martyrdom as early as the end of 2013, before they became engaged, married and began living together in the U.S.

Comey also said that FBI believes “they were inspired by foreign terrorist organizations,” and that it is working to understand their association with foreign terror groups and the source of their inspiration. The agency is also investigating whether anyone else assisted, supported or equipped them for the attack and whether they had other plans.

Last week, a federal law enforcement source told CBS News that Malik had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) online. Another source said the two looked at ISIS propaganda online.

Here’s a clip of Comey’s testimony from C-Span:

If you think the term “radicalized” sounds a little strange, you’re not alone.

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