Source: ’60 Minutes’ Whitewashes Massive FBI Failure in 2015 ISIS Texas Terror Attack By Patrick Poole
That’s the excuse invoked at the end of a 60 Minutes segment that aired Sunday evening to explain why the FBI failed to stop two ISIS-inspired terrorists in direct contact with two ISIS terror recruiters. The attackers rolled up in a car loaded with guns and ammunition to the “Draw Mohammad” cartoon contest event in Garland, Texas, on May 3, 2015:
What 60 Minutes, fronted by Anderson Cooper and echoed in an interview with Seamus Hughes of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, explains is that FBI sources are stretched so thin that there’s no possible way to devote resources to every single potential threat.
I’ll grant that FBI counter-terrorism resources are overloaded WAY BEYOND capacity. That’s an appropriate and warranted discussion for policymakers to address. Also, in the real world of law enforcement, there are indeed many “complexities” during a case that lead to some very important investigative clues being missed — especially when FBI resources are overstretched beyond capacity.
But these “complexities” don’t even remotely begin to explain the massive failure by the FBI in this particular case. Like a blanket that’s too short that you can never turn the right way to cover everything, invoking “complexities” to explain the FBI failure in the attempted Garland attack doesn’t cover the very issues raised by 60 Minutes in their own report. Yet “complexities” is all that 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper, and Seamus Hughes give viewers.
So here’s the real clarity in this story: at the time of the Garland attack, as the two terrorists, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were traveling in their car loaded with guns and ammo, they were being closely tailed by an undercover FBI agent (not an informant — an actual FBI agent) whom they had previously been in contact with on social media.
The undercover agent even snapped pictures of the attack site just seconds before Simpson and Soofi jumped out of their car with guns blazing:
60 Minutes helpfully provides the undercover FBI agent’s picture taken seconds before the attack showing two individuals, including a police officer, who were shot at by the pair:
So at this point we have:
- An undercover FBI agent tailing the Garland terror attackers to the Draw Muhammed event
- The FBI agent in direct communication with Elton Simpson telling him to “Tear up Texas”
- The FBI sending Garland police a bulletin with Simpson’s picture and license plate warning he may show up hours before the attack
- Considerable online chatter by ISIS operatives, including direct incitement calling for an attack on the event
For those outside the political/media establishment bubble, these might seem to be really important investigative clues that raise serous concerns about the FBI’s claims they had no prior warning to the Garland attack. But for 60 Minutes and Seamus Hughes of GWU’s Program on Extremism, all their viewers are left with in conclusion are … “complexities…
Anderson Cooper: People brag about stuff. People talk big. One of the difficulties for the FBI is trying to figure out who’s just talking and who actually may execute an attack.
Seamus Hughes: That’s the hardest part when you talk about this, right. There’s a lot of guys who talk about how great ISIS is. It’s very hard to tell when someone crosses that line. And in most of the cases, you see the FBI has some touchpoint with those individuals beforehand. There had been an assessment, a preliminary investigation or a full investigation. It’s just very hard to know when somebody decides to jump.
It should come as no surprise that Seamus Hughes trains FBI officials in knowing when somebody decides to jump.
Yes, that’s right. 60 Minutes turned to, as its sole outside “expert,” one of the FBI’s own advisers and terrorism training instructors.
That said, let me suggest that when one of your undercover agents is tailing a car with two ISIS operatives, including one you’ve already tried unsuccessfully to put in prison on previous terrorism charges, loaded with guns and ammunition and headed towards an event that has been targeted by ISIS supporters on social media: that might be an indication that somebody is prepared to jump.
Read it all as Poole provides plenty of details in what appears to be an intentional failure by the FBI.
Perhaps to dissuade Americans from speaking out against the threats of sharia and jihad-espousing Muslims. The event was coordinated by Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs. They were never notified that the event might be targeted by the two known jihadis.
It should also be noted that one of the Muslim terrorists killed in the Garland jihad attack had previously been bailed out of jail by a Muslim woman in Arizona. That same woman started a CAIR office in Arizona and previously worked for the Muslim American Society. Both CAIR and MAS are designated terrorist groups by the United Arab Emirates.
Her name is Deedra Abboud and she is now running for a seat in the U.S. Senate in Arizona.