Either FBI Director Jim Comey lied and continues to lie about the events surrounding the Garland, Texas terror attack or he is unaware of what goes on in his own agency. The only other possibility is a lot of other people are lying.
The FBI had been tracking one of the terrorists of the Garland, Texas attack which took place on May 3, 2015. Elton Simpson had been on their radar for years and was even arrested at one point. The investigation had been dropped but picked up again shortly before the Texas attack because of Simpson’s radical communications on social media.
As it appears now, based on court affidavits and further investigations, an FBI undercover agent was in a car directly behind the two terrorists when they arrived at the Curtis Culwell Center the night of the attack. He fled the scene and was stopped by police.
Pamela Geller, President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, held the Draw Mohammed contest in Garland to stand up for the First Amendment four months after the Charlie Hebdo attack, but it sparked outrage from organizations like CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, a Hamas-tied group.
It also attracted ISIS terrorists Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi who went to the event well armed and in body armor to massacre the attendees.
After the terrorists opened fire on a guard who was wounded and an officer. Police opened fire and shot the terrorists. A SWAT team shot both in the head when they would not yield.
The FBI’s role was questioned in 2016 but nothing came of it. It’s being questioned again after a 60 Minutes investigation. The FBI appears to have known more about the Garland attack then they have revealed.
Additional records became available to The Associated Press in the criminal case against Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, a Phoenix man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison in February on criminal convictions that included providing support to Islamic State.
Kareem wasn’t at the event in Garland, Texas, but authorities say he provided guns used by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi in the attack, instructed them on how to use weapons and watched violent jihadist videos with them.
The FBI declined to comment on whether the agency believed beforehand that Simpson and Soofi would launch an attack and on Kareem’s claim that the agent’s presence wasn’t revealed to avoid embarrassment. The Garland Police Department also declined to comment.
The agent had been sitting in a vehicle outside the Garland convention center just as events wrapped up at the cartoon contest.
A dark sedan in front of the agent made an abrupt stop. As the agent drove around the car, two men with an Islamic State flag, wearing body armor and carrying military-style rifles, got out and opened fire.
The agent drove away and was later stopped by police. He had taken photos of the two men who were attacked only moments before the attack.
No one knew about the agent’s presence until 15 months after the incident.
Federal investigators did send out a warning to police three hours before the attack which never got to Ms. Geller but FBI Director Comey said, four days after the attack on May 7 2015 that the FBI had no indication Simpson planned to attack the event.
The AP reported that when the FBI learned Simpson could be heading toward the event, the agency sent an intelligence bulletin to police in Garland, including a picture and other information, “even though we didn’t have reason to believe that he was going to attack the event. In fact, we didn’t have reason to believe that he had left Phoenix,” Comey said.
That was a lie.
Adding, “what I’ve seen so far looks like we did it the way we were supposed to do it,” Comey said.
The FBI did not respond to the 60 Minutes report except for a statement they issued saying they did not have advance notice.
Transcript via CBS News:
Dan Maynard: I was shocked. I mean I was shocked that the government hadn’t turned this over. I wanted to know when did he get there, why was he there?
And this past November, Maynard was given another batch of documents by the government, revealing the biggest surprise of all. The undercover FBI agent was in a car directly behind Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi when they started shooting. This cell-phone photo of school security guard Bruce Joiner and police officer Greg Stevens was taken by the undercover agent seconds before the attack.
Anderson Cooper: The idea that he’s taking photograph of the two people who happen to be attacked moments before they’re attacked. […]
Dan Maynard: I would love to ask the undercover agent– Are these the only communications that you had with Simpson? Did you have more communications with Simpson? How is it that you ended up coming to Garland, Texas? Why are you even there?
We wanted to ask the FBI those same questions. But the bureau would not agree to an interview.
All the FBI would give us was this email statement. It reads: “There was no advance knowledge of a plot to attack the cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas.”
If you’re wondering what happened to the FBI’s undercover agent, he fled the scene but was stopped at gunpoint by Garland police. This is video of him in handcuffs, recorded by a local news crew. We’ve blurred his face to protect his identity.
Dan Maynard: I can’t tell you whether the FBI knew the attack was gonna occur. I don’t like to think that they let it occur. But it is shocking to me that an undercover agent sees fellas jumping out of a car and he drives on. I find that shocking.
Last May, The Daily Beast reported that “days before Elton Simpson attacked a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, he received a text from an undercover FBI agent. ‘Tear up Texas,’ the undercover agent messaged days before the Garland attack according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
The left claimed it went too far and was entrapment.
The Beast’s Katie Zavadski also revealed that the undercover agent was at the free speech event in Garland, where Simpson and Nadir Soofi attempted a jihad massacre.
Pamela Geller wanted answers at the time but no one listened. It’s now back in the news because of 60 Minutes and another affidavit in November. At the time, the focus wasn’t on the FBI handling of the case or even the terrorists, it was on Pamela Geller as allegedly having brought it on herself and the contest participants.
Pamela Geller wondered if the FBI wanted her dead but it sounds more like a cover up for making a questionable decision. However, the FBI Director appears to have lied.