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FBI Probed Orlando Terrorist for 10 months, Now Sees "Strong Indications of Radicalization"

June 13, 2016  | 

The FBI spent 10 months investigating Omar Mateen in 2013 and 2014 — including secretly recording his conversations and monitoring his Internet communications — after the Orlando nightclub killer had claimed to co-workers that he had “family connections to al-Qaida” and made "inflammatory" statements that raised concerns about possible ties to terrorism, FBI Director James Comey said today.

The FBI closed out that probe in May 2014 after Mateen, during the course of two FBI interviews, told agents he had made those statements “in anger” because he thought his co-workers were discriminating against him and were “teasing him because he was a Muslim,” Comey said.

Comey revealed those details — as well as evidence uncovered during a second aborted FBI probe of Mateen that took place just a few months later — during the course of a news conference at bureau headquarters. He told reporters that the FBI’s investigation has uncovered “strong indications” that Mateen had become radicalized and potentially inspired by foreign terrorist groups, Yahoo reports.

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kevcopAz @ 6/13/2016 4:08 PM

I hate to suggest this, it will curtail our freedoms, but perhaps the inter-net needs to be policed in the same way we investigate for child porn, make laws prohibiting visiting or downloading any of these terrorist and anti government sights (that preach terror or hate or violence towards the governmentIslamic/Neo Nazi/ etc)and make it a felony to connect to them. This would allow the authorities to not just "watch" these types of folks, which we know means little, and actually give them something they can be detained on. I realize that this is borderline censorship, but not much different then "yelling fire in a crowded theater" concept is to disorderly conduct/free speech. We can and should have some legitimate and reasonable tool to prohibit these sites. Now we have nothing to enforce until these freaks commit their violent acts and we are too often too late. We need to be aggressive like Israel, not defensive.

Retired NY Boss @ 6/13/2016 5:59 PM

FBI Probed Orlando Terrorist for 10 months, Now Sees "Strong Indications of Radicalization"

Ya Think!

John retired IA PD @ 6/13/2016 8:43 PM

I wonder if they had talked with his x-wife.

Deputy Moose @ 6/14/2016 8:27 AM

Trump's speech in NH on this subject yesterday made a lot of sense.

Jim B. @ 6/15/2016 1:58 PM

I understand where you are coming from kevcopAz but I have to disagree with you. A felony (or even a misd) for visiting a website? No way. Restricting access to sites on the net that aren't inherently illegal (like child porn) and it's a short trip to restricting which book I can buy or check out from the library. It's not borderline censorship, it IS censorship.

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