Orlando marks the latest in a troubling pattern of jihadist attacks in the United States. Once again, a future terrorist was on the radar of the the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Once again, the bureau closed an investigation into someone that went on to conduct a terrorist attack.
The jihadi who perpetrated the Orlando terrorist attack, Omar Mateen, was investigated twice by the FBI after being reported by his co-workers at G4S, an international security company. The Daily Caller reports that a 2013 investigation was cancelled “after only 10 months because they [the FBI] viewed the terroristic threats he made as a reaction to ‘being marginalized because of his Muslim faith,’ by his coworkers.” According to the report, the FBI ended the investigation because Mateen’s coworkers were deemed racist.
Not only did the FBI end the investigation, it threw no red flags when, in 2013, Mateen passed another law enforcement security clearance. G4S, Matten’s employer, said in a statement:
Omar Mateen was employed by G4S at a residential community in South Florida and was off-duty at the time of the incident. Mateen was subject to detailed company screening when he was recruited in 2007 and re-screened in 2013 with no adverse findings. He was also subject to checks by a U.S. law enforcement agency with no findings reported to G4S.
It seems as if the FBI has not learned from the mistakes of September 11 or later attacks perpetrated on U.S. soil. Here’s a rundown of three incidents, two of which are common knowledge, and one which you may not know about, where the FBI dropped the ball.
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