Information on Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez appears to indicate that today’s attack was yet another case of what I have termed “known wolf” terrorism — where suspects already known to law enforcement authorities as threats end up committing acts of terror.
Benny Johnson at IJ Review reports:
Pentagon Source: Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was on the global intel watch-list and his accounts had been flagged for radical behavior.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 16, 2015
If in fact Abdulazeez was on not just U.S. watch lists, but also international, this is just the most recent episode of an international breakdown by law enforcement authorities.
As I’ve documented here at PJ Media for nearly a year, virtually all of the terror attacks in the West in recent years have been committed by individuals already known to be potential threats:
Dec. 15, 2014: Sydney Hostage Taker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome
June 26, 2015: France’s Beheading Terrorist Was Well-Known By Authorities
This was also the subject of a Capitol Hill briefing I gave back in late January sponsored by the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET):
How many more “known wolf” terror attacks will need to occur before anyone in Congress begins to notice and ask questions?
UPDATE: Feds denying?
A United States official says there’s no indication that the suspected Chattanooga gunman was under investigation by the FBI or on the radar of federal law enforcement at the time of the shooting.
The official was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 17, 2015
UPDATE2: The plot thickens…
Law enforcement official: Abdulazeez's father once on a terror watch-list, under investigation by fed. authorities. pic.twitter.com/PA4zKIaSch
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 17, 2015
UPDATE3: More — anonymous — denials from Fed sources:
— knoxnews (@knoxnews) July 17, 2015