FBI Missed Obvious School Shooter Warnings


Nikolas Cruz

The FBI released a press statement on 2/16/18 confirming that they had been warned about Nikolas Cruz, the Parkland Florida school shooter, but failed to “follow protocols” and investigate, directly resulting in the deaths of 17 school children.

It was reported that “on January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him.” Details such as his status as a gun owner, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting, were all provided to the FBI. Despite the information provided, the FBI failed to “provide [the information] to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.”

This is in addition to the reports coming from Ben Bennight, the 36-year-old YouTube video blogger from Mississippi, who noticed in September an alarming comment on a video he had posted. "Im going to be a professional school shooter," read the comment, left by a user with the name Nikolas Cruz, the same name of the shooter who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday. It is reported that Bennight immediately contacted YouTube and the FBI. According to Bennight, agents from the FBI's field office in Mississippi contacted him and came to his office to conduct an in-person interview. Bennight told the agents he didn't know anything about the user. That was the last contact he had with the FBI until the shooting, he said. The comment had by then been removed by YouTube.

The FBI special agent in charge of the Miami division, Robert Lasky, confirmed Thursday morning that the bureau received a tip last year about the YouTube comment.

"No other information was included with that comment which would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made the comment," Lasky said during a news conference. "The FBI conducted database reviews, checks but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment."

President Trump said in a tweet that it was “very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter.” He went on to say, “This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!”

The news comes on the heels of the reveal of the indictments of thirteen Russian nationals, the result of an investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which, since his appointment almost nine months ago, has racked up a $5 million tab as they probe Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election and alleged collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign to claim the White House.

This story is shockingly similar to the Sutherland Springs Texas church shooting, the mass shooting that occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles east of the city of San Antonio, on November 5, 2017. The gunman, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley of nearby New Braunfels, was prohibited by law from purchasing or possessing firearms and ammunition due to a domestic violence conviction in a court-martial while in the United States Air Force. The Air Force failed to record the conviction in the FBI National Crime Information Center database, which is used by the National Instant Check System to flag prohibited purchases.

The FBI had also investigated Omar Mateen for 10 months. After deciding he was “not a credible threat”, his file was closed. Just over two years later, on June 12, 2015, the 29-year-old security guard strode into a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and massacred 49 people and wounded dozens more in one of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. He pledged allegiance to Islamic State before he was killed by police.

It has also been reported that Russian authorities warned the FBI in 2011 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two Chechen brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, but U.S. authorities missed chances to detain him. After spending six months in the Russian region of Dagestan, an experience U.S. investigators suspect played an important role in his radicalization, Tsarnaev flew back to JFK airport on July 17, 2012, but he was not detained or questioned because of the misspelling of his name.

It doesn’t end there. An attack was carried out by two men who attacked officers with gunfire at the entrance to an exhibit featuring cartoon images of Muhammad at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas on May 3, 2015. Since the incident, court records have revealed that the undercover FBI agent was at the scene in close proximity to the shooters.

In the wake of this tragedy, the left has called for stricter gun control laws. However, it seems that the trend is clear; the laws that would have prevented these shootings are in place now, and the law enforcement agencies responsible for investigating these matters have been complacent in their duties and have allowed the deaths of many American citizens.

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