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By Tony Cartalucci
It is now confirmed that in addition to two investigations and two interviews, Florida terror suspect Omar Mateen was also approached by “informants” working for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over a period of 10 months.
Informants Posing as Handlers
The significance of this cannot be understated. “Informants” in this context, according to FBI affidavits regarding similar counterterrorism investigations, refers to individuals posing as members of terrorist organizations who approach suspects, coerce them into planning and preparing for terrorist attacks, before finally aiding the FBI in the suspect’s arrest before the attack is finally carried out.
Among the activities these informants carry out includes providing and training suspects in the use of real explosives, providing suspects with arsenals of weapons precisely like those used in the recent shooting in Orlando Florida, and encouraging suspects to adopt “radical ideology” over the course of the investigation. Suspects are given the false impression that they are working on behalf of terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda or the self-proclaimed “Islamic State,” often cultivating delusions of grandeur among otherwise mentally ill suspects.
Before Nightclub Shooting, FBI Pursued Questionable Florida “Terror” Suspects
June 12 2016, 2:54 p.m.
The Miami FBI has not responded to a request to comment on whether it has investigated Mateen.
For more than a year ending in April — a time during which investigators will now be looking for any clues from Mateen that might have been missed — the FBI in Miami focused on a counterterrorism sting that targeted James Medina, a homeless man with mental problems.
According to the FBI’s affidavit, the informant, not Medina, came up with the idea of crediting the planned attack to the Islamic State.
“You can do all that,” Medina told the informant. “Yeah, we can print up or something and make it look like it’s ISIS here in America. Just like that.”
Nearly a year before Medina’s arrest, the FBI’s Miami office arrested another supposed terrorist, 23-year-old Cuban-American Harlem Suarez, also known as Almlak Benitez, whom former co-workers described as “a little slow.” The government alleged that Suarez conspired with an FBI informant to bomb a beach in Key West in support of the Islamic State. The FBI provided a fake backpack bomb.
Does the FBI’s focus on men like Medina and Suarez — questionable targets of questionable mental fitness — prevent agents from identifying and investigating armed and dangerous men like the one behind what is now America’s worst mass shooting?
It’s a question the FBI, which has faced little congressional scrutiny over its counterterrorism program, has never been forced to answer.
originally posted by: JHumm
If any joe shmo were to give someone explosives and train them how to use them and then gave them weapons as well and talked them into carrying out an attack, joe shmo would be in just as much trouble, and so should the FBI. Plain and simple if you FBI was involved in any way then all that blood is on their hands as well and should be held accountable. Instead of the double standard BS we get from them all the time.
originally posted by: ElectricUniverse
I would understand the FBI trying to catch terrorists this way, but how did Mateen escape their radar? Some people claim he was crazy, but he seems like just another radical Muslim who had ill intent against Americans in general even though he was born in the U.S.
originally posted by: neo96
Yeah count me as another one that Orlando was the result of PC run amuck.
After all we can't offend anyone except law abiding American gun owners.