The year 2018 has given us an incredibly in-depth look into the complete and utter failure of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a number of fronts, and the American people are rightfully furious.
The FBI gets away with a whole lot. We allow the agency a fairly wide berth as far as behavior goes because their duty is more than a little bit dirty. We need the Bureau to handle some of those undesirable and unmentionable tasks in order to fully prevent a national tragedy from occurring nearly every month.
Unfortunately, the agency is continuing to prove that, not only do they not deserve this leniency from the American people, they are no longer effective in the realm of National Security.
Disturbing reports surfaced in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre of last month that detailed an abhorrent and inexcusable reality: Nikolas Cruz, the deranged and mentally ill 19 year old who heard “demon voices” instructing him during the rampage, had been reported to the FBI with an ominous warning: He was going to “shoot someplace up”, according to the tipster.
In a statement, the FBI said “a person close to” Cruz called the agency’s public tip line on Jan. 5 and left information on Cruz’s “gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”
The tip should have been “assessed as a potential threat to life” and forwarded to the bureau’s Miami field office for investigation. “We have determined that these protocols were not followed,” the agency said.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said in that statement that the bureau is trying to figure out how the mistake occurred, particularly because the bureau asks the public to “be vigilant” against threats and share them with authorities.
Similarly, the FBI had been warned of the Pulse Nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen, by a concerned gun store owner who wasn’t willing to sell Mateen the thousands of rounds of ammunition that he desired. Sensing that something was up, the gun store owner phoned the agency, who then proceeded to not stop Mateen from conducting what was, at the time, the most deadly mass shooting in American history.
And, as if that wasn’t enough of a reason to completely eviscerate the undeserving and ineffective agency, it turns out that the father of the disturbed shooter was an FBI informant for eleven years.
Lawyers for the Pulse nightclub shooter’s widow said Monday that the government has revealed that his father had been an FBI informant for 11 years before the attack.
They said prosecutors also told them in an email Saturday that the government found evidence on the day of the attack that Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, had been sending money to Afghanistan and Turkey, possibly to fund violent insurrection against the government of Pakistan.
Noor Salman’s lawyers say this new information — shared only after prosecutors rested their case — should result in a mistrial or an outright dismissal of the charges against her. Salman is accused of helping her husband plan the June 2016 attack at the gay nightclub in Orlando, where he killed 49 people.Her lawyers say the government’s belated disclosure prevented them from exploring the possibilities that Seddique Mateen was more directly involved, and that Salman may have been framed to hide the government’s mistakes.
Ahmed Bedier, president of the civil rights advocacy group United Voices, has been attending the trial in support of Salman. He said Salman’s family had voiced suspicions previously that Omar Mateen’s father had a possible relationship with the FBI, but they lacked evidence to support this. Bedier also noted that when Omar Mateen was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and not charged with false statements or any other crime, it enabled him to legally secure the firearms he used in the Pulse attack.