In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, it is time to revisit past shootings to see how we keep getting back to this point. One government watchdog group uncovered information about the FBI that is leaving many Americans in complete shock.
Omar Mateen is the person responsible for the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting. He was responsible for the murder of 49 people, and he wounded many others. Judicial Watch requested information pertaining to Mateen, and they uncovered some groundbreaking information. Back in late 2013, the FBI cleared Mateen and said that he was no threat.
Judicial Watch was able to obtain these records as a direct result of their request for public information on June 14th of 2016. They believe that the American people are entitled to hear the truth, and they are correct.
The crew at JW specifically asked for “Any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to a deceased individual named Omar Mateen, a/k/a Omar Mir Seddique… This request includes, but is not limited to, any and all records of communications between any official, employee, or representative of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and any other individual or entity regarding, concerning, or related to Mr. Mateen.”
Documentation revealed that the FBI closed up their investigation after just a couple months with Mateen, who at the time worked as a security guard at a courthouse. Allegedly, other employees were making remarks towards him about his Middle Eastern appearance.
In response to the remarks, Mateen started making bold, false claims. He told them that he was first cousins with the Boston bombers. He also said that he was related to the Fort Hood Shooter, as well as the Kenya mall shooters.
Mateen spread these lies in an attempt to get his co workers to leave him alone. It didn’t occur to him that making such claims would elicit the opposite response.
Instead of investigating him further, the FBI said he was “not a terrorist,” and made nothing of his behavior. If they would have looked into this person further, they could have saved lives by preventing the Pulse nightclub shooting.
In 2013 the FBI cleared Pulse Nightclub shooter and said that he was no threat. Can we adequately predict human behavior?
As Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton put it, “The documents show the FBI blew it.” They had their chance, plain as day, and they let him walk out of there. He later went on to commit one of the biggest mass shootings in the country’s history.
Fitton continued, “The agency let Mateen off the hook even though he threatened his co-worker and tried to lie to the FBI agents questioning him about terrorist ties. No wonder the FBI reportedly tried to stop Florida law enforcement from responding to freedom of information requests about the Orlando massacre.”
This just goes to show that maybe the FBI is not as efficient as many think. It’s imperative that we, as patriotic Americans, ensure that even our agencies that operate best in secret are subject to some amount of review and supervision. The stakes are high — and the mistakes cost lives.