This past week the Secretary of the Homeland Security, General John Kelly, stated that our FBI is investigating incidents of Islamic jihadism in every state in our union. If that’s not enough to wake us up, well, this recent revelation should.
And I just have to tell you, this one is very close to home — and I mean literally.
As reported by Fox News, “A powerful U.S. senator has launched an investigation into whether the FBI knew about a planned attack by ISIS-inspired terrorists at an anti-Muslim cartoon show in the Dallas area and did nothing to stop it — and also misled the lawmaker about circumstances of the 2015 attack.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said he learned from a recent national media report that the FBI was tailing the two terrorists, Elton Simpson, 31, and Nadir Soofi, 34, and an agent was just steps away when the pair jumped from their car and began shooting at police guarding the “Draw Mohammad” event at the Curtis Culwell Center in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas.
The terrorists, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, struck Bruce Joiner, an unarmed security guard, in the leg, before snipers killed them. The attack was significant because it was the first that the Islamic State took credit for on U.S. soil.
Soofi and Simpson had been in touch with an ISIS recruiter in Somalia. “It is concerning that when I wrote to the FBI and Department of Justice, they never told me about the fact that they had some FBI asset, whether it was an agent or informant, tailing Soofi and Simpson,” said Johnson. “Why didn’t they intervene? As a member of the Senate oversight committee, I think these agencies should be honest when we actually ask them the questions. But it begs the question, what was the FBI doing in Garland, and why wasn’t the agency direct with me when we first started writing letters about this back in 2015?”
Johnson is referring to two individuals who had prior contact with the shooters. One was a paid FBI informant, the other an FBI undercover agent. Ten days before the attack Simpson hooked up with an FBI undercover informant via the internet, according to an FBI affidavit filed by Agent Shawn Scott Hare in August 2016. The affidavit was filed in a case against Erick Jamal Hendricks, a North Carolina man charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State. The affidavit reveals the FBI was aware on May 2, the day before the attack, that Soofi and Simpson were headed to Garland to attend the Draw the Prophet Muhammad Event. “
Where I reside here in Dallas is less than a mile from the Garland city limits. And the center where this shooting occurred can be reached from my home in 20 minutes without bad traffic. To find out that the FBI was tailing these two jihadists, but took no action is disconcerting to say the least.
However, it appears that this is yet another example of political correctness gone amok in the reign of Obama. There were countless instances where the indicators and warning signs were apparent but nothing was done. The issue of Nidal Hasan proselytizing against our Soldiers he was supposed to be counseling was known, yet he was still transferred to Ft. Hood Texas. Just this week, we find out about the Facebook pages of Kori Muhammad and his violent rants against white people and his radicalization. We know that Tashfeen Malik lied on her fiancée visa application but that was missed. The jihadist in Orlando had been under surveillance but nothing was done.
We have “civilizational jihad” groups like the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that lobbies against any stringent means of rooting out jihadists in our midst. Sadly, we allow them to shape our policies and procedures such as censoring Department of Defense and law enforcement agency training materials.
Could it be that the FBI was under some order to back off from apprehending Simpson and Soofi? After all, we know where the sympathies of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch laid. She’d much rather vehemently prosecute those she deemed speaking in offensive terms to Muslims, while believing compassion, unity, and love wins over Islamic terrorists.
Here we are two years later, and we find out the FBI was aware the day before the attack at Garland that it was going to happen. So, who gave a “stand down” order? Yes, here we go again, and we must get to the bottom of these issues that occurred within the Obama administration. And you can just bet that this story will NEVER be covered by the liberal progressive media. They’re just too doggone busy chasing the rainbows and windmills of Russian electoral intervention causing Hillary Clinton to lose.
I find it once again quite hypocritical that the leftist media will NOT cover this story. All because how many times did we have to hear, and still do, that President George W. Bush knew about the 9-11 attacks, which, like the whole Russia story, has never been proven? But we do know that the Russians warned the Obama administration about the Tsarnaev brothers and their escapades, which was dismissed. How many instances shall we learn of this happening during the tenure of the Islamist sympathizer, Barack Hussein Obama? And recently, at a speaking engagement at the University of Memphis, I had a student ask me why I refer to Obama as an Islamist sympathizer? Well, what do you call someone who invites members of the Muslim Brotherhood to sit front and center at a speech he gave at Cairo University? And don’t let me get started about “ISIS is not Islamic” or Obama’s funneling or arms and support to Islamic jihadists in Libya.
I would like to know, what did FBI Director James Comey know on May 2nd, 2015? I’d think that having agents tailing two ISIS supporters who’d taken off from Arizona would have been critical information that Director Comey would have deemed vital. It’s one thing to say we’re conducting investigations in all fifty states, but I have to ask the obvious…so what?
If we’re in the passive mode of watching, listening, and investigating — but not acting, such as it appears in this case — we have a problem. Was it that someone believed this was just a hoax? I tend to believe this affidavit proved there was confirmed knowledge.
This is why I didn’t support the reinstatement of the Patriot Act for another five years. We’re wasting our time lumping everyday law abiding American citizens into a grand dragnet while the enemy moves freely amongst us…how? Why? Simpson and Soofi should have been apprehended the moment they spoke on the telephone with an ISIS recruiter in Somalia. And if there was ever a case for a thing being dropped on someone’s head that goes boom, it should have happened to that recruiter.
We are all on this 21st century battlefield, and no, I don’t believe we should violate the rights of American citizens. But we need clear guidance that specifies the terms under which an American citizen is deemed an enemy combatant and a collaborator against this state. I have no pity for Anwar al-Awlaki, he made his bed to speak out for the death of Americans from a foreign land, in Yemen. Soofi and Simpson should never have been able to just drive from Arizona to Texas and bust out at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland opening fire…as the FBI agent that had been tailing them watched. No alert to local law enforcement at all?
This stinks; no, this is FUBAR, and we the people should demand some answers, immediately. And yes, that means dragging back Loretta Lynch because folks, there’s always a paper trail. Who knew what on May 2nd, 2015? I for one am sick and tired of the Obama administration just getting away with this type of nonsense putting the lives of Americans in danger. This is no laughing matter, and I despise anyone who will say there’s nothing here to see, no big deal. This is not damn fake news, as I had folks that I know who were at that event back in May 2015. The House Homeland Security Chairman is Rep. Mike McCaul of Texas should be outraged at this — heck, every Member of the House and Senate along with the Texas Governor and State legislature should be fit to be tied.
Just so you comprehend it, our Federal Bureau of Investigation knew the intent of two Islamic jihadists. They followed them right to the place of their intended attack…and told no one. Totally unacceptable, yet par for the course of the eight years of the Obama administration.
And these liberal progressive socialist jackasses want to disarm the American people?
[Want to read more? Check out Col. West’s book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]