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FBI Director's Startling Admission About San Bernardino Attackers and the So-Called 'Fiance' Visa

The FBI director described them as "homegrown violent extremists."

This undated combination of photos provided by the FBI, left, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. (FBI, left, and California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP)

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) -- FBI Director James Comey says the two San Bernardino, California shooters were radicalized at least two years ago and had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were radicalized even before they met online. He also confirmed the signs of radicalization were apparent prior to the U.S. government's decision to grant Malik entry into the U.S. on a "fiance" visa.

It wasn't immediately clear how U.S. officials missed the warning signs.

The couple wed last year.

This undated combination of photos provided by the FBI, left, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. (FBI, left, and California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP)

Comey also said the couple was inspired by foreign terror organizations and described them as "homegrown violent extremists."

He said the investigation is continuing.

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