The FBI knew who the Orlando shooter was long before he committed the worst shooting in American history.
ISIS sympathizer Omar Mateen left over 100 people dead or injured at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Saturday.
So how much did the FBI know? Turns out, a lot.
“The FBI first became aware of Mateen in 2013 when he made inflammatory comments to co-workers alleging possible terrorist ties,” said Assistant Special Agent Ronald Hopper to reporters Sunday.
However, the investigation was closed shortly after, with investigators saying they “were unable to verify the substance of his comments.”
The FBI interviewed Mateen again in 2014 over possible connections with an American suicide bomber.
“We determined that contact was minimal and did not constitute a substantive relationship or threat at that time,” Hopper said.
The FBI’s fraternizing with extremists to turn them into patsies is well-documented.
In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, the FBI admitted that the shooter had ties to people they were already investigating.
And In 2013, the FBI also admitted they knew about the Tsarnaev brothers years before they bombed the Boston Marathon, with Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s lawyer even asserting that the FBI had pressured Tsarnaev to become an informant.
The FBI’s need to create patsies is obvious. They can use them as informants. They can set up the criminal just to foil his plot to appear heroic and relevant. Or they can facilitate the terrorist until he commits a crime so they can advance a political agenda. The New York Times even wrote a piece about their questionable methods a few years ago.
There’s also a formula to determine possible FBI involvement: the terrorists usually end up dead before an investigation can be launched, or they’re immediately labeled as a “lone wolf.”
In this case, the formula holds up.