Finally some mainstream media is focusing on what I have been harping about when it comes to the FBI. Unlike what Director Comey publicly stated the other day, the FBI is not blameless when it comes to allowing these terrorists to murder Americans. The headlines read: “After F.B.I.’s Inquiry Into Omar Mateen, a Focus on What Else Could Have Been Done.”
That is the headline that should have been written after the Tsarnaevs attack on the day of the Boston Marathon. The FBI back then should have said: “Hey, this guy slipped by us. We’ve got to change the way we handle these things.” It did not do that. It set out to justify everything that it had done before.
It even lied when it told that those teams of FBI agents seen in Cambridge the night the MIT officer was shot were there for something other than capturing Tsarnaev. You must understand the two FBI commandments: first, thou shalt not embarrass the Bureau and do everything to ensure it is not embarrassed (up to and including falsifying or hiding records); and, second, to get all the positive publicity it can from every event in which it is involved.
The FBI buys into the idea that it is the finest law enforcement agency in the world. It never makes an error like every other human institution. It examined all of the incidents over the past few years involving more than 150 shootings by its agents and found they were all justified. When a group of people believe everything they do is right then it will never engage in self-examination. It will never change policies. That is why it did not change after the Tsarnaev tragedy, that is why it still has the abomination called the Top Echelon Informant program, and that is why it does not see that after Mateen it has to review what it is doing and change because its present procedures are not working.
The FBI will feed the media the bull that it is overworked. It isn’t. It is supposed to be able to profile the people who are dangerous. It has failed in doing it. So things have to change and Director Comey should not be covering up by saying things were done right. The NY Times suggests there are 10,000 terrorist investigations open at one time. That tells us nothing. That figure had to be given to the Times by the FBI but we have no idea what “open” means. Why don’t we know that?
Open can mean recording a telephone call to an active use of wiretaps and undercover operatives. One takes ten seconds; the other months. how much of each is involved in the figure given. We are told “tens of thousands of terrorist tips come to the FBI each year.” Again a meaningless figure in the context of what we are dealing with. We want to know how many come in from Russia as in Tsarnaev case or how many take ten months and use of informants or other operatives as in Mateen case. Surely these are different from the vast majority of others.
Read the Times article and it tells us of excuse after excuse by the FBI. Why is it telling us how hard the job is. How about this talking about the flood of leads where: “[FBI] counterterrorism agents hung an 18-inch section of fire hose outside their office suite in Northern Virginia as a symbol of their mission.” Why would they do that? It would be nice if they did their jobs and stopped complaining.
What we need are less excuses as to why it is a hard job. We need the FBI to change its procedures to do a better job. If it is perfect in shooting people why isn’t it perfect in finding out the potential Tsarnaevs and Mateens?
Three things of note: Some are trying to downplay Mateen’s association with radical Islam by saying he talked of association with Al Qaeda, ISIS, and others who rivals of each other. Director Comey spent time talking about this as if it mattered. They may be rivals among Muslims in the Middle East but they all have in common a hatred of America, consider us their enemy and urge attacks on us.
Next we will see the curve ball thrown out by the FBI. This is what was done in the John Connolly case where it said he was a rogue agent when he was doing what the FBI wanted him to do. Here we will be told of its investigation of Noor Zahi Salman, Mateen’s wife. It will soon be all about her and the FBI will have successfully turned the attention away from itself to something else. By the way I have read that Noor should have reported her knowledge that Mateen was planning to commit the crime. The last I knew is that there is no obligation on Americans to report potential crimes or to prevent them or to provide information to officials about them. But the way the federal laws are changing who knows.
Finally, we will read how the NRA is to blame for the FBI’s failure to stop Mateen from getting an assault weapon. The truth is that it could have done it very easily. Put the name of all people like Mateen on a list and forbid them from buying the weapons. Sure there are loopholes like buying from a private party or stealing them, but Mateen went to a regular dealer and had his name been on a list he would not have gotten the assault weapon.