Gun control proponents have been blaming the 2nd Amendment for Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen’s easy access to guns, but the terrorist had been working for a major Department of Homeland Security contractor for nearly a decade, and had somehow passed two screening and background checks with the company. Concerns about Mateen’s “angry, loud, and profane” outbursts apparently went unheeded for years.
G4S Secure Solutions USA Inc. is the same security contractor that has been quietly transporting vanloads of illegal aliens to selected urban areas around the country, as was reported here at PJ Media earlier this month.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the company has been plagued by a series of high-profile gaffes in recent years and in the wake of its most recent failure, is seeing its stock take a dive in Monday trading.
G4S PLC is best known here for botching its contract to provide security for the 2012 London Olympics, which forced the U.K. government to mobilize 4,700 troops to make up for a shortfall in personnel. It also faced questions after an employee who was vetting prospective guards told a local television station that she and others were pressured to push through questionable candidates to provide the promised security force on schedule.
G4S said at the time that its vetters met an industry standard when selected. The company apologized and covered the cost of the short-staffing.
A year after the Olympics, G4S Chief Executive Nick Buckles resigned and was replaced by Ashley Almanza, who for the past three years has been trying to reshape the firm into a nimbler, more-profitable company.
In a statement, G4S said it had employed the 29-year-old Mr. Mateen at a gated retirement community in South Florida. It said that company screening and background checks during his recruitment in 2007 “revealed nothing of concern,” and that “his screening was repeated in 2013 with no findings.”
G4S said it learned in 2013 that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had questioned Mr. Mateen, “but that the inquiries were subsequently closed.” The company said it wasn’t made aware of any alleged terrorist connections with Mr. Mateen, and was unaware of any subsequent FBI investigations.
A later statement from G4S changed some of the initial statement’s wordings, calling the 2007 screening “detailed” and saying the 2013 rescreening ended with “no adverse findings.” The later statement deleted the references to the FBI and to the timing of G4S’s knowledge of the FBI’s inquiry, saying that Mr. Mateen had been subject to checks by a U.S. law-enforcement agency with “no findings” reported to G4S.
G4S said it was fully cooperating with authorities on their current investigations. It declined to comment further on Monday.
Mateen, who held two firearms licenses and a security officer license, regularly made threats of violence, according to a former G4s employee who worked with him. Daniel Gilroy told the Tampa Bay Times that Mateen was “an angry, loud, profane man who used slurs for gay people, blacks, Jews and women.” Gilroy said that he “never used other words to describe them.”
“He talked about killing people all the time,” Gilroy told The New York Times. And Gilroy wasn’t surprised when he learned of the massacre: “I saw it coming.”
Gilroy said Mateen started badgering him and sending dozens of text messages to him daily. Gilroy said he reported Mateen’s behavior to his bosses.
“I kind of feel a little guilty that I didn’t fight harder,” Gilroy said. “If I didn’t walk away and I fought, then maybe 50 people would still be alive today.” [Emphasis added]
Gilroy, a former Fort Pierce police officer, said he complained to his employer several times but it did nothing because Mateen was Muslim.
Also raising alarm bells is the PC-paralyzed company’s work with DHS transporting illegal immigrants away from the border and their security work for U.S. nuclear facilities.
Via Counter Jihad:
“G4S supports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CPB), with its operations at the U.S. Mexico border and with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to transport illegal immigrants in selected urban areas,” the company says in a brochure, titled “Providing Manpower Solutions for Government Services.”
The DHS contract with G4S is worth more than $234 million. The contract states that one of the “performance requirements” is helping identify “suspected terrorists” trying to enter the U.S.
The security contractor also provides security guards and other security services for “90 percent of U.S. nuclear facilities.”
G4S uses fortified buses to transport “hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants” from city to city and from cities to the U.S.-Mexican border. But earlier this month, Judicial Watch revealed G4S has been quietly moving and releasing van loads of illegal aliens away from the border to interior American cities.
The immigrants were classified as OTMs — Other Than Mexican — and included mostly Central American illegals but possibly also foreign border-crossers from the Middle East and Pakistan.
“A security company contracted by the U.S. government is driving the OTMs from the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, where they were in custody, to Phoenix,” the Washington-based government watchdog group said. “The firm is called G4S and claims to be the world’s leading security solutions group with operations in more than 100 countries and 610,000 employees.”
It’s not clear if the 29-year-old Mateen worked on any federal contracts or dealt with federal inmates. One of his jobs was to help transport and guard state and local prisoner youths in Florida. The subsidiary he worked for — G4S Secure Solutions USA Inc. — is based in Jupiter, Fla., which is located just south of Mateen’s home in Fort Pierce, Fla.
It’s also not immediately known if he had federal security clearances, or what kind of security background check G4S administered before hiring Mateen.
According to Counter Jihad, Mateen’s co-workers reported that he “openly praised ISIS in conversations,” yet was still allowed to guard prisoners.
G4S congratulated Mateen for five years of service in a 2012 company newsletter.