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    August 2, 2015
    Gun used in Garland, TX terror attack connected to Fast and Furious

    By Rick Moran

    A 9MM handgun used by Nadir Soofi, one of the terrorists who attacked the Garland, TX Mohammed cartoon festival, has been traced to the Fast and Furious program, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.
    At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi's history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.

    Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.

    What Soofi could not have known was that Lone Wolf was at the center of a federal sting operation known as Fast and Furious, targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. The idea of the secret program was to allow Lone Wolf to sell illegal weapons to criminals and straw purchasers, and track the guns back to large smuggling networks and drug cartels.

    Instead, federal agents lost track of the weapons and the operation became a fiasco, particularly after several of the missing guns were linked to shootings in Mexico and the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona.

    Soofi's attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after 24 hours, and Soofi got the 9-millimeter.
    The federal government tried to hide the connection between the gun and Fast and Furious:

    A day after the attack, the Department of Justice sent an "urgent firearms disposition request" to Lone Wolf, seeking more information about Soofi and the pistol he bought in 2010, according to a June 1 letter from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, to U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch.
    Though the request did not specify whether the gun was used in the Garland attack, Justice Department officials said the information was needed "to assist in a criminal investigation," according to Johnson's letter, also reviewed by The Times.

    The FBI so far has refused to release any details, including serial numbers, about the weapons used in Garland by Soofi and Simpson. Senate investigators are now pressing law enforcement agencies for answers, raising the chilling possibility that a gun sold during the botched Fast and Furious operation ended up being used in a terrorist attack against Americans.

    Among other things, Johnson is demanding to know whether federal authorities have recovered the gun Soofi bought in 2010, where it was recovered and whether it had been discharged, according to the letter. He also demanded an explanation about why the initial seven-day hold was placed on the 2010 pistol purchase and why it was lifted after 24 hours.

    Asked recently for an update on the Garland shooting, FBI Director James B. Comey earlier this month declined to comment. "We're still sorting that out," he said.
    What they're trying to "sort out" is how to spin the story to deflect blame from their own incompetence.

    If the pattern holds true, Congress will be stonewalled by the agencies - just like DoJ has stonewalled every other request for an explanation as to how this botched operation came into being. How many other weapons ended up in the hands of potential terrorists? How many other Americans have been murdered by these guns?

    Unfortunately, by the time more curious eyes are brought to bear on this and other administration scandals, most of the evidence will be "Lernered" - destroyed by those who would end up in jail if the truth ever came out.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/...d_furious.html
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    since the attack had a happy ending I am glad that this link to Obola and Holder can be made, now if Clinton can be linked I would be happier still
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
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    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    "You think a wall as solid as the earth separates civilisation from barbarism. I tell you the division is a sheet of glass."
    John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir of Enfield (1875-1940): Author and Diplomat

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    Intentionally misleading!!!!

    Lone Wolf and other legal, law abiding firearms dealers were "pressured" to violate federal law. They were "known to sell illegal guns" at the forceful "request" of the ATF. Known hell! They were doing what the ATF directed them to and now they are "known to sell illegal firearms". It should have read they were supporting the abysmal fiasco known as "Fast and Furious" that agents warned leadership were going to spill blood. The investigation has never been concluded. Contempt of Congress Eric Holder was given Obama's first "executive privilege" to legally shut his pie hole!!!

    Why would we the people want to be concerned about an administration that claimed "90% of the guns used illegally in Mexico came from America" then turned around and pushed illegal sales through lawful dealers and the methodology used to track them is after being found in the use of a crime!!!

    Brilliant, just brilliant, see all these American guns being used in Mexican crime. Our lax gun laws caused this!!!

    The only thing that became of Fast and Furious is Obama created yet even more gun laws, buy 2 rifles in border states and get put on a list. Our failure to seek the guilty out and serve justice has lead to yet even more corruption with the DOJ, State Dept. and IRS. The precedent was set with Fast and Furious and only served to embolden a corrupt administration.


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    You can scroll back through the Gunwalker archives here or read Katie Pavlich’s excellent book on Operation Fast and Furious for background on this bloody fiasco. (Also, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s archive) One point to emphasize is that Lone Wolf Trading was “known” for selling guns illegally because it was pressured by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms into cooperating with this “felony stupid” program, one that supplied guns to Mexican drug cartels and resulted in the deaths of over 300 Mexican civilians, police, and military, as well as two or three US federal officers.

    It must be noted that Soofi bought his gun not as a straw buyer for the cartels, and the system did at first flag him, then let him pass. But questions abound: why was he flagged in the first place? Was he thought to be a cartel-buyer? Did they have some other reason to suspect him? Would he have been blocked, having lied on his forms, if not for Operation Fast and Furious? And why was the hold released?

    Though Soofi wasn’t walking the gun to Mexico, he did try to kill Americans for the horrid crime of exercising their right to free speech and criticizing Islam. And he may well have used a gun he obtained with the help of the United States Department of Justice and its subordinate agencies, all headed by then-Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama.

    We’re not done bleeding for their incompetence.

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    CBS 60 Minutes on Garland Attack: The FBI Wanted Us Dead

    By Pamela Geller - on March 27, 2017

    Jihad in America




    Here are the highlights of last night’s 60 Minutes segment on the Garland Free Speech shooting: the first ISIS attack on American soil:
    An undercover FBI agent was in a car directly behind Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi when they started shooting.

    Cell-phone photo of school security guard Bruce Joiner and police officer Greg Stevens was taken by the undercover agent seconds before the attack. The FBI agent is taking a photograph of the two people who happen to be attacked moments before they’re attacked. No SWAT team, no FBI counter terror force in place. Nothing.
    The FBI agent took this photo:
    Watch the whole thing:
    “60 Minutes investigates first ISIS-claimed attack in U.S. and what the FBI knew”

    60 Minutes, March 26, 2017:
    A terrorist attack in Texas by two U.S. citizens shows how hard it is to prevent such an attack — even when one of the terrorists is well-known to the FBI
    The following is a script from “Attack in Garland,” which aired on March 26, 2017. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Graham Messick and Steve McCarthy, producers. Jack Weingart, associate producer.
    Wednesday’s terror attack in London by a man who had been known to British law enforcement is just the latest reminder of how difficult it is to prevent an attack before it takes place. Here in the U.S., in just the past three years, more than 100 people have been arrested for ISIS-related crimes. The FBI devotes significant resources to identifying potential terrorists and sometimes spends years tracking them. The terror attack in Garland, Texas, two years ago was the first claimed by ISIS on U.S. soil.
    It’s mostly been forgotten because the two terrorists were killed by local cops before they managed to murder anyone. In looking into what happened in Garland, we were surprised to discover just how close the FBI was to one of the terrorists. Not only had the FBI been monitoring him for years, there was an undercover agent right behind him when the first shots were fired.
    The target of the attack was an event taking place in this conference center on May 3, 2015. A self-described free speech advocate named Pamela Geller was holding a provocative contest, offering a cash-prize for the best drawing of the prophet Muhammad, whose depiction is considered sacrilege by some Muslims. Security outside was heavy. There were dozens of police, a SWAT team, and snipers.
    “The Garland attack is essentially the first opening salvo when it comes to attacks on the homeland.”
    More than 100 people were gathered inside and the event was ending when two terrorists drove up to a checkpoint manned by a Garland police officer and a school security guard. This grainy image shows both law-enforcement personnel standing next to an unmarked police car seconds before the attack. Bruce Joiner, the security guard, was unarmed.
    Bruce Joiner: It’s like they pull up, stop, and the doors open.
    Anderson Cooper: Do you remember seeing the weapon?
    Bruce Joiner: Oh, yeah. Definitely saw their weapon. And that’s when I locked onto his face ‘cause he’s got this smile.
    Anderson Cooper: He was literally smiling?
    Bruce Joiner: Yeah, like, “I got ya. I got ya.”
    The two terorrists opened fire with automatic rifles. Joiner dove for cover, but was shot in the leg. Officer Greg Stevens, returned fire with his handgun. Police nearby ran toward the scene.
    Eyewitness video: And right here (expletive) just started shooting at this convention!
    When this video was recorded by a passerby, both terrorists had been mortally wounded by Officer Stevens, and were laying on the ground next to their car.
    Eyewitness video: They still shootin man! …
    A SWAT team shot them both in the head.
    Bruce Joiner: Because they kept moving and they weren’t sure there were explosives involved they had to shoot them.
    Anderson Cooper: How quick did all of this happen?
    Bruce Joiner: Oh, it’s a matter of seconds. I would say 20, 30 seconds. It’s very quick.
    The next day as the FBI picked through the crime scene, the evidence showed Garland police had prevented a massacre. The terrorists brought six guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, bulletproof and tactical vests, and Xeroxed copies of the black flag of ISIS. They were identified as 31-year-old Elton Simpson and 34-year-old Nadir Soofi. Just hours before the attack they had sent this tweet pledging allegiance to ISIS. But Simpson was already well-known to the FBI.
    He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in middle school. He briefly played college basketball before dropping out and converting to Islam when he was 20.
    According to leaders of the Phoenix mosque he attended, Simpson was well-liked and soft-spoken.
    Usama Shami: He was always asking questions, attending lectures.
    Usama Shami is president of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. People here thought so much of the young Muslim convert, who took the name “Ibrahim,” that he was included in the mosque’s promotional video in 2007.
    Elton Ibrahim Simpson: When you come together and you pray five times a day with the brothers and you’re reminded about the hereafter…
    But at the time of this interview, Simpson had already become interested in radical Islam, and the Phoenix FBI, which was investigating one of his friends, hired an informant, a Sudanese refugee named Dabla Deng, to check Simpson out.
    Anderson Cooper: There are informants inside the mosque?
    Usama Shami: Yeah. I mean the whole case with Elton Simpson was with an informant that he was befriending Elton and taping his conversations.
    Dabla Deng spent three years pretending to be Simpson’s friend, and was paid $132,000 by the FBI. He taped more than 1,500 hours of their conversations and finally recorded him talking about traveling overseas to wage jihad. Simpson lied to the FBI about it and got three years probation.
    Usama Shami: When he found out that this guy was spying on him, and taping him and then finding out that the government was doing that, I think something clicked in him. And the mosque, we couldn’t do anything. Because we don’t know what he did.
    Anderson Cooper: He felt that the mosque had abandoned him?
    Usama Shami: Yes. And he felt that a lot of people had abandoned him. And that’s why he stopped coming to the mosque.
    He moved into this Phoenix apartment complex with Nadir Soofi, who he knew from the mosque. Soofi had just had a bitter break-up and the pizza parlor he owned was going out of business. It was here in this apartment that Simpson and Soofi began closely following the rise of ISIS, reaching out to their supporters online, and acquiring weapons for a terrorist attack.
    Seamus Hughes: Simpson and Soofi knew what they were getting into and I think they likely knew they were going to die.
    Seamus Hughes tracks the online activities of ISIS sympathizers in the U.S. He served at the National Counter Terrorism Center, and is currently deputy director of George Washington University’s “Program On Extremism,” where he also trains FBI agents on how to identify American jihadis.
    Anderson Cooper: Why is the Garland attack so significant?
    Seamus Hughes: The Garland attack is essentially the first opening salvo when it comes to attacks on the homeland.
    Anderson Cooper: Attacks in the United States?
    Seamus Hughes: Attacks in the United States. These low-level attacks by ones and twos of people who are drawn to the ideology and decide to act.
    Using an old-fashioned law enforcement tool, Hughes maps out ISIS’ online tentacles into the United States.
    Seamus Hughes: So you have the two attackers, Soofi and Simpson. They’re also talking to Mohammed Miski, who’s an ISIS recruiter in Somalia.
    Anderson Cooper: This is somebody in Somalia who they’re talking to online–
    Seamus Hughes: Uh-huh. Yep. Through an encrypted app, Surespot. They’re also talking to Junaid Hussein.
    Anderson Cooper: And he’s in Raqqa?
    Seamus Hughes: He’s in Raqqa.
    Raqqa is ISIS’ stronghold in Syria. Hughes calls Junaid Hussain an “ISIS rock star,” a British citizen, who communicated online with English-speaking recruits worldwide. He was killed in a U.S. drone strike a year-and-a-half ago. “Miski,” an American living in Somalia, tweeted this link about the “draw Muhammad contest,” in Garland, Texas, and direct-messaged Elton Simpson urging him to attack it.
    Seamus Hughes: The most interesting part about this is we’re in a hybrid time, right. Before we used to be worried about these network attacks, think of 9/11 with the hijackers training for years and then coming over here. And then, we had lone actor attacks, individuals who were kind of drawn to this and decided to act. Now, we’re in this weird moment in between, where you have a number of individuals in Raqqa, reaching out to Americans in Ohio, New York, and other places and saying, “So here’s the knife you should use. Here’s the address of the local U.S. military officer and do what you can.”
    Anderson Cooper: Do you think Elton Simpson would have launched this attack if it wasn’t for people in ISIS overseas who were online whispering in his ear?
    Seamus Hughes: I think the folks whispering in his ear was a big part of it.
    The FBI closed the case on Elton Simpson in 2014, only to re-open it several weeks before the attack because of statements he made on social media.
    Seamus Hughes: It speaks to a larger problem the FBI has, which is you have an individual who pops into your radar in 2006, but doesn’t commit an attack until 2015. So do you want the FBI to watch this individual for nine years?
    After the attack, Phoenix FBI agents became convinced the two men hadn’t acted alone, and began investigating Elton Simpson’s friends. They arrested this man Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, a 43-year-old convert to Islam who grew up in Philadelphia, and accused him of funding the attack, as well as training and encouraging Simpson and Soofi.
    Witnesses at Abdul-Kareem’s trial testified the three men watched ISIS execution videos together and discussed attacking a military base or the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Abdul-Kareem denied taking part in any discussions about a terror attack and says he rejected his friend’s growing radicalization.
    He was found guilty on multiple counts and sentenced to 30 years in prison. But his attorney Dan Maynard continued to investigate, and uncovered new evidence the FBI was much closer to the Garland attack than anyone realized.
    Anderson Cooper: After the trial, you discovered that the government knew a lot more about the Garland attack than they had let on?
    Dan Maynard: That’s right. Yeah. After the trial we found out that they had had an undercover agent who had been texting with Simpson, less than three weeks before the attack, to him “Tear up Texas.” Which to me was an encouragement to Simpson.
    The man he’s talking about was a special agent of the FBI, working undercover posing as an Islamic radical. The government sent attorney Dan Maynard 60 pages of declassified encrypted messages between the agent and Elton Simpson – and argued “Tear up Texas” was not an incitement. But Simpson’s response was incriminating, referring to the attack against cartoonists at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo: “bro, you don’t have to say that…” He wrote “you know what happened in Paris… so that goes without saying. No need to be direct.”
    But it turns out the undercover agent did more than just communicate online with Elton Simpson. In an affidavit filed in another case the government disclosed that the FBI undercover agent had actually “traveled to Garland, Texas, and was present… at the event.”
    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: It’s stunning.
    Anderson Cooper: I mean, talk about being in the right or the wrong place at the right or the wrong time.
    Dan Maynard: The idea that he’s right there 30 seconds before the attack happens is just incredible to me.
    Anderson Cooper: What would you want to ask the undercover agent?
    “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.”
    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.
    Anderson Cooper: That he didn’t try to stop–
    Dan Maynard: He didn’t try to stop ‘em. Or he didn’t do something. I mean, he’s an agent, for gosh sakes.
    Anderson Cooper: If this attack had gone a different way, and lots of people had been killed, would the fact that an undercover FBI agent was on the scene have become essentially a scandal?
    Seamus Hughes: It woulda been a bigger story. I think you would have seen congressional investigations and things like that. Lucky for the FBI and for the participants in the event you know, here in Texas, you know, everyone’s a good shot there….Watch the whole thing:

    “60 Minutes investigates first ISIS-claimed attack in U.S. and what the FBI knew”

    60 Minutes, March 26, 2017:
    A terrorist attack in Texas by two U.S. citizens shows how hard it is to prevent such an attack — even when one of the terrorists is well-known to the FBI
    The following is a script from “Attack in Garland,” which aired on March 26, 2017. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Graham Messick and Steve McCarthy, producers. Jack Weingart, associate producer.
    Wednesday’s terror attack in London by a man who had been known to British law enforcement is just the latest reminder of how difficult it is to prevent an attack before it takes place. Here in the U.S., in just the past three years, more than 100 people have been arrested for ISIS-related crimes. The FBI devotes significant resources to identifying potential terrorists and sometimes spends years tracking them. The terror attack in Garland, Texas, two years ago was the first claimed by ISIS on U.S. soil.
    It’s mostly been forgotten because the two terrorists were killed by local cops before they managed to murder anyone. In looking into what happened in Garland, we were surprised to discover just how close the FBI was to one of the terrorists. Not only had the FBI been monitoring him for years, there was an undercover agent right behind him when the first shots were fired.
    The target of the attack was an event taking place in this conference center on May 3, 2015. A self-described free speech advocate named Pamela Geller was holding a provocative contest, offering a cash-prize for the best drawing of the prophet Muhammad, whose depiction is considered sacrilege by some Muslims. Security outside was heavy. There were dozens of police, a SWAT team, and snipers.
    “The Garland attack is essentially the first opening salvo when it comes to attacks on the homeland.”
    More than 100 people were gathered inside and the event was ending when two terrorists drove up to a checkpoint manned by a Garland police officer and a school security guard. This grainy image shows both law-enforcement personnel standing next to an unmarked police car seconds before the attack. Bruce Joiner, the security guard, was unarmed.
    Bruce Joiner: It’s like they pull up, stop, and the doors open.
    Anderson Cooper: Do you remember seeing the weapon?
    Bruce Joiner: Oh, yeah. Definitely saw their weapon. And that’s when I locked onto his face ‘cause he’s got this smile.
    Anderson Cooper: He was literally smiling?
    Bruce Joiner: Yeah, like, “I got ya. I got ya.”
    The two terorrists opened fire with automatic rifles. Joiner dove for cover, but was shot in the leg. Officer Greg Stevens, returned fire with his handgun. Police nearby ran toward the scene.
    Eyewitness video: And right here (expletive) just started shooting at this convention!
    When this video was recorded by a passerby, both terrorists had been mortally wounded by Officer Stevens, and were laying on the ground next to their car.
    Eyewitness video: They still shootin man! …
    A SWAT team shot them both in the head.
    Bruce Joiner: Because they kept moving and they weren’t sure there were explosives involved they had to shoot them.
    Anderson Cooper: How quick did all of this happen?
    Bruce Joiner: Oh, it’s a matter of seconds. I would say 20, 30 seconds. It’s very quick.
    The next day as the FBI picked through the crime scene, the evidence showed Garland police had prevented a massacre. The terrorists brought six guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, bulletproof and tactical vests, and Xeroxed copies of the black flag of ISIS. They were identified as 31-year-old Elton Simpson and 34-year-old Nadir Soofi. Just hours before the attack they had sent this tweet pledging allegiance to ISIS. But Simpson was already well-known to the FBI.
    He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in middle school. He briefly played college basketball before dropping out and converting to Islam when he was 20.
    According to leaders of the Phoenix mosque he attended, Simpson was well-liked and soft-spoken.
    Usama Shami: He was always asking questions, attending lectures.
    Usama Shami is president of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. People here thought so much of the young Muslim convert, who took the name “Ibrahim,” that he was included in the mosque’s promotional video in 2007.
    Elton Ibrahim Simpson: When you come together and you pray five times a day with the brothers and you’re reminded about the hereafter…
    But at the time of this interview, Simpson had already become interested in radical Islam, and the Phoenix FBI, which was investigating one of his friends, hired an informant, a Sudanese refugee named Dabla Deng, to check Simpson out.
    Anderson Cooper: There are informants inside the mosque?
    Usama Shami: Yeah. I mean the whole case with Elton Simpson was with an informant that he was befriending Elton and taping his conversations.
    Dabla Deng spent three years pretending to be Simpson’s friend, and was paid $132,000 by the FBI. He taped more than 1,500 hours of their conversations and finally recorded him talking about traveling overseas to wage jihad. Simpson lied to the FBI about it and got three years probation.
    Usama Shami: When he found out that this guy was spying on him, and taping him and then finding out that the government was doing that, I think something clicked in him. And the mosque, we couldn’t do anything. Because we don’t know what he did.
    Anderson Cooper: He felt that the mosque had abandoned him?
    Usama Shami: Yes. And he felt that a lot of people had abandoned him. And that’s why he stopped coming to the mosque.
    He moved into this Phoenix apartment complex with Nadir Soofi, who he knew from the mosque. Soofi had just had a bitter break-up and the pizza parlor he owned was going out of business. It was here in this apartment that Simpson and Soofi began closely following the rise of ISIS, reaching out to their supporters online, and acquiring weapons for a terrorist attack.
    Seamus Hughes: Simpson and Soofi knew what they were getting into and I think they likely knew they were going to die.
    Seamus Hughes tracks the online activities of ISIS sympathizers in the U.S. He served at the National Counter Terrorism Center, and is currently deputy director of George Washington University’s “Program On Extremism,” where he also trains FBI agents on how to identify American jihadis.
    Anderson Cooper: Why is the Garland attack so significant?
    Seamus Hughes: The Garland attack is essentially the first opening salvo when it comes to attacks on the homeland.
    Anderson Cooper: Attacks in the United States?
    Seamus Hughes: Attacks in the United States. These low-level attacks by ones and twos of people who are drawn to the ideology and decide to act.
    Using an old-fashioned law enforcement tool, Hughes maps out ISIS’ online tentacles into the United States.
    Seamus Hughes: So you have the two attackers, Soofi and Simpson. They’re also talking to Mohammed Miski, who’s an ISIS recruiter in Somalia.
    Anderson Cooper: This is somebody in Somalia who they’re talking to online–
    Seamus Hughes: Uh-huh. Yep. Through an encrypted app, Surespot. They’re also talking to Junaid Hussein.
    Anderson Cooper: And he’s in Raqqa?
    Seamus Hughes: He’s in Raqqa.
    Raqqa is ISIS’ stronghold in Syria. Hughes calls Junaid Hussain an “ISIS rock star,” a British citizen, who communicated online with English-speaking recruits worldwide. He was killed in a U.S. drone strike a year-and-a-half ago. “Miski,” an American living in Somalia, tweeted this link about the “draw Muhammad contest,” in Garland, Texas, and direct-messaged Elton Simpson urging him to attack it.
    Seamus Hughes: The most interesting part about this is we’re in a hybrid time, right. Before we used to be worried about these network attacks, think of 9/11 with the hijackers training for years and then coming over here. And then, we had lone actor attacks, individuals who were kind of drawn to this and decided to act. Now, we’re in this weird moment in between, where you have a number of individuals in Raqqa, reaching out to Americans in Ohio, New York, and other places and saying, “So here’s the knife you should use. Here’s the address of the local U.S. military officer and do what you can.”
    Anderson Cooper: Do you think Elton Simpson would have launched this attack if it wasn’t for people in ISIS overseas who were online whispering in his ear?
    Seamus Hughes: I think the folks whispering in his ear was a big part of it.
    The FBI closed the case on Elton Simpson in 2014, only to re-open it several weeks before the attack because of statements he made on social media.
    Seamus Hughes: It speaks to a larger problem the FBI has, which is you have an individual who pops into your radar in 2006, but doesn’t commit an attack until 2015. So do you want the FBI to watch this individual for nine years?
    After the attack, Phoenix FBI agents became convinced the two men hadn’t acted alone, and began investigating Elton Simpson’s friends. They arrested this man Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, a 43-year-old convert to Islam who grew up in Philadelphia, and accused him of funding the attack, as well as training and encouraging Simpson and Soofi.
    Witnesses at Abdul-Kareem’s trial testified the three men watched ISIS execution videos together and discussed attacking a military base or the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Abdul-Kareem denied taking part in any discussions about a terror attack and says he rejected his friend’s growing radicalization.
    He was found guilty on multiple counts and sentenced to 30 years in prison. But his attorney Dan Maynard continued to investigate, and uncovered new evidence the FBI was much closer to the Garland attack than anyone realized.
    Anderson Cooper: After the trial, you discovered that the government knew a lot more about the Garland attack than they had let on?
    Dan Maynard: That’s right. Yeah. After the trial we found out that they had had an undercover agent who had been texting with Simpson, less than three weeks before the attack, to him “Tear up Texas.” Which to me was an encouragement to Simpson.
    The man he’s talking about was a special agent of the FBI, working undercover posing as an Islamic radical. The government sent attorney Dan Maynard 60 pages of declassified encrypted messages between the agent and Elton Simpson – and argued “Tear up Texas” was not an incitement. But Simpson’s response was incriminating, referring to the attack against cartoonists at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo: “bro, you don’t have to say that…” He wrote “you know what happened in Paris… so that goes without saying. No need to be direct.”
    But it turns out the undercover agent did more than just communicate online with Elton Simpson. In an affidavit filed in another case the government disclosed that the FBI undercover agent had actually “traveled to Garland, Texas, and was present… at the event.”
    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: It’s stunning.
    Anderson Cooper: I mean, talk about being in the right or the wrong place at the right or the wrong time.
    Dan Maynard: The idea that he’s right there 30 seconds before the attack happens is just incredible to me.
    Anderson Cooper: What would you want to ask the undercover agent?
    “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.”
    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.
    Anderson Cooper: That he didn’t try to stop–
    Dan Maynard: He didn’t try to stop ‘em. Or he didn’t do something. I mean, he’s an agent, for gosh sakes.
    Anderson Cooper: If this attack had gone a different way, and lots of people had been killed, would the fact that an undercover FBI agent was on the scene have become essentially a scandal?
    Seamus Hughes: It woulda been a bigger story. I think you would have seen congressional investigations and things like that. Lucky for the FBI and for the participants in the event you know, here in Texas, you know, everyone’s a good shot there….
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    Geller is an agent provocateur.

    The so-called Garland terrorist attack was a manipulated psy-op

    Known out of state and foreign activists came to Garland to intentionally try to incite Muslims.

    Even the Garland mayor said so publicly.

    Might have been a Russian psy-op... like the recent one in Houston.

    Or maybe both were CIA or Mossad psy-ops pretending to be Russian.


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    Geller is an agent provocateur.

    The so-called Garland terrorist attack was a manipulated psy-op

    Known out of state and foreign activists came to Garland to intentionally try to incite Muslims.

    Even the Garland mayor said so publicly.

    Might have been a Russian psy-op... like the recent one in Houston.

    Or maybe both were CIA or Mossad psy-ops pretending to be Russian.


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    So, are you saying that all that Lenno posted is lies? Fake news? What?

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    Quote Originally Posted by somoprepper08 View Post

    So, are you saying that all that Lenno posted is lies? Fake news? What?

    I'm saying exactly what my post said.

    Garland is my hometown and I don't appreciate intel psy-op agents trying to start trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsX View Post
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    The so-called Garland terrorist attack was a manipulated psy-op

    Known out of state and foreign activists came to Garland to intentionally try to incite Muslims.

    Even the Garland mayor said so publicly.

    Might have been a Russian psy-op... like the recent one in Houston.

    Or maybe both were CIA or Mossad psy-ops pretending to be Russian.


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