Friday, April 21, 2017

Senate leader investigating possible FBI deception about jihad attack at Garland, Texas free speech event

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ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of sixteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. Coming in 2017 is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies).
Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He is a consultant with the Center for Security Policy and vice president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning NewsFox News OpinionNational ReviewThe Hill, the Detroit NewsTownHall.comReal Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National PostMiddle East QuarterlyWorldNet DailyFirst ThingsInsight in the NewsAleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation.

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Senate leader investigating possible FBI deception about jihad attack at Garland, Texas free speech event




“A powerful U.S. senator has launched an investigation into whether the FBI knew about a planned attack by ISIS-inspired terrorists at an anti-Muslim cartoon show in the Dallas area and did nothing to stop it — and also misled the lawmaker about circumstances of the 2015 attack.”
The “cartoon show” was no more “anti-Muslim” than foes of the Nazis were anti-German. I was, along with Pamela Geller, a co-organizer of the event and spoke at it, and was present when the jihadis attacked. We exhibited art depicting images of Muhammad from throughout Islamic history, many of them created by Muslims themselves. We also awarded a winner (Bosch Fawstin) of a contest for the best contemporary cartoon of Muhammad. The point was not to mock Muhammad or Islam out of some gratuitous unkindness, but to stand, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre, for the freedom of speech against violent intimidation, so as to show that at least some in the West would not be intimidated into silence by threats of death. Few among establishment conservatives grasped the key free speech point that was being made.
“According to the criminal complaint, Hendricks directed the FBI informant to join them there, and allegedly said: ‘If you see that pig (meaning the organizer of the contest) make your ‘voice’ heard against her.'”
Why is Fox being so fastidiously careful not to mention Pamela Geller’s name? I am used to my role as co-organizer and co-sponsor of this event being entirely ignored, and it being presented in the media as “Pamela Geller’s ‘Draw the Prophet’ event” (we never used the phrase “Draw the Prophet,” either), but why is Fox avoiding mentioning her as well? Do they think their report about Johnson’s call for an inquiry will be overshadowed by her “controversial” reputation?
“’It is concerning that when I wrote to the FBI and Department of Justice, they never told me about the fact that they had some FBI asset, whether it was an agent or informant, tailing Soofi and Simpson,’ said Johnson. ‘Why didn’t they intervene? As a member of the Senate oversight committee, I think these agencies should be honest when we actually ask them the questions. But it begs the question, what was the FBI doing in Garland, and why wasn’t the agency direct with me when we first started writing letters about this back in 2015?’…The informant was there, parked behind Simpson and Soofi, when they opened fire….’All I know is we don’t have the straight story from the FBI,’ Johnson said. ‘We are just so fortunate that local law enforcement was able to take care of the situation to prevent another mass attack. This was a real tragedy averted.’”
Johnson is right. Clearly the FBI knew that the jihadis were going to strike at our event, and not only did they not send a team to stop them (and “local law enforcement” was only on hand because we hired them, at considerable expense), but the FBI informant was actively encouraging them to strike. It can only be concluded, as I have charged before, that the FBI wanted Geller and me dead, perhaps as an object lesson for those who dared to dissent from Barack Obama’s dictum that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” We represented the group of people the Obama administration hated most, and that the Leftist political and media establishment still hates most: putative “right-wingers” who dare stand up against jihad terror and Sharia supremacy. They were going to make an example of us. It just didn’t work out the way they had planned.
“Senate leader investigating possible FBI deception about Texas terror attack,” by Malia Zimmerman and William Lajeunesse, Fox News, April 20, 2017:
A powerful U.S. senator has launched an investigation into whether the FBI knew about a planned attack by ISIS-inspired terrorists at an anti-Muslim cartoon show in the Dallas area and did nothing to stop it — and also misled the lawmaker about circumstances of the 2015 attack.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said he learned from a recent national media report that the FBI was tailing the two terrorists, Elton Simpson, 31, and Nadir Soofi, 34, and an agent was just steps away when the pair jumped from their car and began shooting at police guarding the “Draw Mohammad” event at the Curtis Culwell Center in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas. The terrorists, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, struck Bruce Joiner, an unarmed security guard, in the leg, before snipers killed them. The attack was significant because it was the first that the Islamic State took credit for on U.S. soil. Soofi and Simpson had been in touch with an ISIS recruiter in Somalia.
“It is concerning that when I wrote to the FBI and Department of Justice, they never told me about the fact that they had some FBI asset, whether it was an agent or informant, tailing Soofi and Simpson,” said Johnson.
“Why didn’t they intervene? As a member of the Senate oversight committee, I think these agencies should be honest when we actually ask them the questions. But it begs the question, what was the FBI doing in Garland, and why wasn’t the agency direct with me when we first started writing letters about this back in 2015?”
Johnson is referring to two individuals who had prior contact with the shooters. One was a paid FBI informant, the other an FBI undercover agent.
Ten days before the attack Simpson hooked up with an FBI undercover informant via the internet, according to an FBI affidavit filed by Agent Shawn Scott Hare in August 2016. The affidavit was filed in a case against Erick Jamal Hendricks, a North Carolina man charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State.
The affidavit reveals the FBI was aware on May 2, the day before the attack, that Soofi and Simpson were headed to Garland to attend the Draw the Prophet Muhammad Event.
According to the criminal complaint, Hendricks directed the FBI informant to join them there, and allegedly said: “If you see that pig (meaning the organizer of the contest) make your ‘voice’ heard against her.”
Hendricks also asked him a series of questions related to security at the event, including: “How big is the gathering?” “How many ppl?” “How many police/agents?” “Do you see feds there?’ “Do you see snipers?” and “How many media?”
The informant was there, parked behind Simpson and Soofi, when they opened fire.
Together, Soofi and Simpson had amassed 1,000 rounds of ammunition, six different weapons, plus body armor and were carrying a copy of an Islamic State flag, Johnson said.
“All I know is we don’t have the straight story from the FBI,” Johnson said. “We are just so fortunate that local law enforcement was able to take care of the situation to prevent another mass attack. This was a real tragedy averted.”
On March 26, “60 Minutes” first reported that the FBI had been monitoring Simpson for years, that an FBI agent was tailing the terrorists and took cell phone footage of the shooting from 30 feet away. Police apprehended and handcuffed the FBI undercover agent as he fled the scene.
Johnson said he shouldn’t be learning about the facts of the event two years later, and from the media.
“This is not something that should be revealed on ‘60 Minutes’,” Johnson said. “This should be something that the FBI comes forward and tells the oversight committee.”
Johnson also is questioning the FBI’s hiring of an informant, identified as Dabla Deng, who was paid $132,000 for befriending Simpson while also taping their conversations for more than 1,500 hours. The three men — Deng, Simpson and Soofi — went shooting in the desert several times, according to court records and Simpson had been under investigation and at times surveillance, since 2006.
Despite this information — and that of the FBI informant on scene — a spokesperson for the FBI National Press Office told Fox News, “There was no advance knowledge of a plot to attack the cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas.”…