Elton Simpson, the man identified as one of the two gunmen killed in Garland, Texas on Sunday outside the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, was under surveillance by the FBI and the subject of a terror investigation.
— Brian Ross (@BrianRoss) May 4, 2015
Court papers filed in Arizona reveal that the FBI “engaged an informant, Mr. Daba Deng, who was from Kenya and who knew Mr. Simpson from the mosque he attended.”
In 2007 Deng was instructed by the FBI to “become friends with Mr. Simpson and get to know him better by presenting himself as an individual who was new to Islam and who sought to learn more from Mr. Simpson.”
Deng recorded conversations with Simpson during which they allegedly discussed jihad.
Simpson was convicted of lying to federal agents about plans to travel to Africa where investigators said he planned to join a terror group. He was sentenced to three year probation.
FBI Behind Most Domestic Terror Plots
The FBI has arranged numerous fake terror plots, including the Washington Metro bombing plot, the New York subway plot, the plan to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago, the plot to bomb the Portland Christmas tree lighting and others.
In 2014, Human Rights Watch released a report stating nearly all high-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States after 9/11 included the “direct involvement” of government agents and informants.
“In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act,” the report states.