The FBI has ordered more U.S. terror suspects be put under 24/7 surveillance in the wake of the Garland, Texas shooting and a renewed emphasis by ISIS and other terror groups for potential American recruits to launch attacks at home, according to three FBI officials.
The officials told ABC News that agents have been ordered to review the cases of so-called “marginal” or “borderline” suspects, terms that had been applied to one of the gunmen in the Texas attack, Elton Simpson of Phoenix. FBI agents were familiar with Simpson and the views he espoused, but he was not put under 24/7 surveillance. He was viewed as being “more talk than action,” one agent said.
“We do not want to risk another marginal, homegrown extremist who was viewed as dangerous going active,” said one of the FBI officials. All three FBI officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly.
It would seem rather pathetic that this kind of thing is happening in our post-9/11 world. Once you consider the nature of the Ft. Hood and Boston Marathon attacks, however, it becomes unconscionable.
Given that they believe there is a “renewed” and not “ongoing” emphasis by terror groups to attack here it would appear that the FBI has adopted the leftist “Oh, they’re not so bad…” midnset. When the infantile liberal narrative creeps into law enforcement it becomes dangerous and life-threatening.
The fact that those charged with protecting us are still not taking it ALL seriously is disturbing enough, but the tale gets much worse (emphasis mine):
Today FBI Director James Comey and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson held a video conference call with “federal, state and local law enforcement partners” to discuss the Texas attack and the “current threat environment,” a spokesperson for the FBI said. The spokesperson said such conference calls were “commonplace and assist in the timely and comprehensive information sharing needed to address the persistent and pervasive threats fueled by social media.”
But the officials who spoke to ABC News described a “panic” and “crisis” inside the FBI because the agency and the rest of the nation’s homeland security infrastructure are not built to deal with the non-stop flow of homegrown extremists and possible threats that mark the current environment within the U.S. Another FBI spokesperson did not respond to request for comment on the broader concerns at the Bureau.
Twelve and a half years after its establishment, George W. Bush’s bureaucratic boondoggle of a security agency is just another bloated, inefficient drain on American taxpayers.
While they’re ignoring the Tsarnaevs of the world, DHS is busy making sure that my daughter is getting extra scrutiny before a flight and taking away her souvenir snow globe. All this for the bargain price of $60 billion a year!
We should give credit where credit is due: as of this writing, there have been no terrorist shampoo bottle attacks on U.S. soil.