Within minutes of news hitting the headlines of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, which killed at least 17, liberals and Democratic politicians, knowing nothing about the shooter or his history, were screeching all over social media about "gun control," but as more is learned, we note a disturbing pattern of failure on the part of the FBI, and social media giant Facebook, which owns Instagram.
Common themes we have been noting regarding mass shootings and terrorist attacks over the past decade is 1) The FBI had been aware of the perpetrator prior to the violent act or acts, and: 2) Social media gurus, so concerned about obtaining more users, making more money and censoring conservative thought, that they completely ignore the huge red flags waved right on their own sites regarding killers.
HISTORY OF FBI FAILURES TO PREVENT KNOWN SUSPECTS FROM MASS KILLINGS
Agents with the bureau's Mississippi field office got back to him "immediately," Bennight said, and conducted an in-person interview the following day, on Sept. 25.
"They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person," Bennight told BuzzFeed News. "I didn't. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them."
That was the last he heard from them until after the school shooting on Wednesday, when the man arrested was a person with that same name, Nikolas Cruz.
Other information now coming out indicates that the alleged shooter Cruz was also expelled from the high school last year, with other students claiming "everyone predicted it," and school officials having been warned previously Cruz was dangerous.
Had the FBI not been so busy meddling in the U.S. elections, and then extremely busy again covering their own butts about said election meddling as they find themselves the subject of multiple congressional investigations and a year-long DOJ Office of Inspector General internal investigation into those wrong-doings, they might have followed up a little better to see that Cruz's social media activity included what is now being described as "disturbing" content, and images.
What set the accused shooter off remains unknown, but the sheriff said detectives have been going through Cruz’s social media, and they have found some disturbing images among the postings, inlcuding a picture of the gun used in the shooting.
One student, who escaped the shooting, wrote on Twitter: "He literally had an Instagram where he posted pictures of animals he killed gruesomely."
So, the FBI knew Cruz had previously stating he would be a "professional school shooter," and Cruz's Instagram, social media accounts held a number of red flags, yet the FBI wasn't keeping an eye on him, a very close eye?
If this was just an isolated example of someone falling through the cracks, it could be explained perhaps, but going back to previous attacks and mass killings in the U.S., we see multiple examples of killers who had previously been reported to the FBI, interviewed in some cases more than once, who then went on to carry out mass killings.
Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was interviewed by the FBI two years before he and his brother, Dzhokhar, set off homemade bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which killed three people, injured hundreds of others, including over a dozen who lost limbs.
The FBI first became aware in 2013 of Omar Mateen, the identified shooter, when he made "inflammatory comments to coworkers alleging terrorist ties," said Ronald Hooper, the agent in command of the shooting investigation, during a press conference.
He said that the FBI investigated the comments made by Mateen, who worked as a security guard, and interviewed Mateen twice. However, the FBI was "unable to verify the substance of his comments and the investigation was closed."
Mateen came on the FBI's radar again back in 2014 for contacting an American suicide bomber, Moner Abu Salha. Hopper said that the contact was "minimal" and didn't constitute a "substantive relationship."
San Bernardino Massacre: 14 people were killed in San Bernardino, California in 2015, with another 22 injured, when a husband and wife, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at a Christmas party. Malik had entered the U.S. using a K-1 visa, and had supposedly gone through three different U.S. intelligence agency checks. Former FBI Director James Comey was even questioned about the process in front of Congress, given "discrepancies" in her applications.
Lawmakers at three separate hearings, including at which FBI Director James Comey testified, demanded to know how she gained admittance, especially given discrepancies in her application.
“Was she actually given an interview in the K-1 process, do we know that?” Sen. David Purdue, R-Ga., asked the FBI boss during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.
Comey replied that “the process requires” an interview, but that he didn’t know if one occurred.
Fort Hood: A year before Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, killed 13 people and injured over 30 others at the Fort Hood military post in Texas in 2009, the FBI had intercepted emails between the shooter and a radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. The FBI determined the emails were "fairly benign." During the trial, the FBI Director at the time, Robert Mueller, went on national television to discuss the string of intercepted emails.
As it turns out, the FBI quietly released the emails in an unclassified report on the shooting, which was produced by an investigative commission headed by former FBI director William H. Webster last year. And, far from being “benign,” they offer a chilling glimpse into the psyche of an Islamic radical. The report also shows how badly the FBI bungled its Hasan investigation and suggests that the Army psychiatrist’s deadly rampage could have been prevented.
Hasan first appeared on the bureau’s radar in December of 2008—nearly a year before the Fort Hood massacre—when he emailed Awlaki to ask him whether serving in the US military was compatible with the Muslim faith. He also asked whether Awlaki considered those who died attacking their fellow soldiers “shaheeds,” or martyrs.
At the time, Awlaki, who was killed by a US drone strike in 2011, was emerging as Al Qaeda’s chief English-speaking propagandist. He was also known to have ties to several of the 9/11 hijackers, two of whom attended his mosque in San Diego.
The examples above show a systemic failure on the part of the FBI to follow through or even investigate fully those with a high probability to go on a killing rampage. They are too busy forcusing on political issues, targeting patriots rather than people that actually acknowledge they plan to become a "professional school shooter" as the BuzzFeed report highlights about this latest alleged shooter in Florida.
In my opinion this goes beyond mere incompetence and quite possibly into the realm of deliberate incompetence to support a gun control agenda, knowing that liberals and politicians will rush to scream "GUN CONTROL!," rather than focus on the people pulling the triggers and law enforcement's failures to follow up on reports about those suspects.
FACEBOOK & SOCIAL MEDIA FAILURES
Facebook has been engulfed in a number of controversies of late, with their constant harassment and censorship of conservative content, where it appears they have plenty of employees that will police political ideological commentary, yet they do not appear to have enough, or are not willing to spend enough on policing actual dangerous individuals. As stated above, Facebook's Instagram did not delete Cruz's account until after the shooting, despite violent content, which included pictures of animals he had killed.
Facebook has a serious "violence" problem from people using their Facebook live, which as BuzzFeed reported back in 2017, is far more extensive than national headlines have shown.
At least 45 instances of violence — shootings, rapes, murders, child abuse, torture, suicides, and attempted suicides — have been broadcast via Live since its debut in December 2015, a new BuzzFeed News analysis found. That's an average rate of about two instances per month.
Facebook appears to be more worried about "fake news," meaning anything they disagree with ideologically, than paying attention to their violent content, such as Cruz's on their Instagram account. We have seen pages calling for the assassination of President Trump, which Facebook said did not violate their "Community Standards," yet an image in support of traditional marriage does violate those same "standards."
After going viral, Facebook did finally remove the Assassinate Trump page and restore the image directly above, but the example shows clearly that their human reviewers base their initial decisions on their own ideology, which has been exposed as being radically leftist.
Perhaps if Facebook's owner Mark Zuckerberg were worried a little less about kissing liberal butt, he would put more resources into stemming violent threats and content, rather than making a big deal out "fake news," which he has previously asserted was only a mere one percent of Facebook content. Quite a bit of attention is being shown to the one percent, while threats and actual violence on Facebook and it's Instagram accounts continue.
Facebook/Instagram isn't the only social media platform that failed here, as the multiple threats left by a YouTube user Nikolas Cruz, in the comment sections of videos, were deleted when reported, but the account was allowed to continue, and wasn't removed until Wednesday after the school massacre. The YouTube Cruz commenter, states under a video documentary of the 1966 Texas University massacre, that he was going to "do the same thing," calls himself a future "professional school shooter," and according to The Verge, who cites CNN, the user also stated on another video "I whana [sic] shoot people with my AR-15."
Perhaps if these social media platforms and big tech were less worried about "Russia" and censoring conservative content to "protect" their users from conservative ideology, they could focus on the truly dangerous people that show clear indicators, to the point of actually telling people they are going to go out and kill people.
CHATTER ABOUT THE FLORIDA SHOOTING
According to reports it appears that there was an active shooter drill at the Florida high school recently, with the Daily Beast reporting that Cruz, aware of the schools procedures in training students what to do if there is an active shooter, took advantage of that to plan carry out his attack. According to Reason's Hit & Run, some students reported there was a fire drill held earlier on Wednesday.
One student claims she was speaking with the "suspect" when everything was going down and claims there was "another shooter involved." (Video over at Intellihub)
While more information will no doubt emerge about the Florida high school shooting and the shoot himself, this latest example of the failures on the part of the FBI and social media and tech giants, should highlight why more attention should be paid to the mental health of these individuals when clear signs, and direct threats are made via social media by the perpetrators, and less howls of "gun control."
It is the hand holding the knife, the foot pushing the pedal of the truck and the finger pulling the trigger, not the object used to kill, that should be the focus, because a mentally ill individual will use any method to kill.
President Trump addressed the mental health issue in his statement to the nation about the Florida high school massacre, at around the 5:07 minute mark in the clip below, the President says"We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health." He continues on to say that "Later this month I will be meeting with the nation's Governors and Attorney Generals, where making our schools and our children safer, will be our top priority."
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