The Intercept’s Glenn Greewald is tweeting reports that Seddique Matteen has been revealed to be an FBI informant. Who is Seddique Matteen? He’s the father of Omar Matteen who murdered 49 people at the Pulse Nightclub in June of 2016.
If you’ll remember, in the aftermath of the Orland massacre, it was revealed that Omar Matteen was yet another “known wolf,” someone who had previously been investigated by law enforcement. In this case, it was the FBI who had looked into Matteen as a possible terror suspect. For ten months.
From the LA Times report:
Without a warrant, they couldn’t read his emails or listen to his calls. But they watched him from unmarked vehicles to track his daily routine and to see whom he met.
They deployed two confidential informants more than a dozen times to secretly record his conversations. They interviewed him twice and convinced him to provide a written statement — in which he admitted he previously had lied to agents.
In the end, after a counter-terrorism investigation that stretched from May 2013 to March 2014, the agent and his supervisor concluded that Omar Mateen was not a threat and closed the case.
That’s was the story back in 2016.
Now Omar’s wife, Noor Salman, is being tried on charges of aiding and abetting Mateen, providing material support for terrorism and obstruction of justice. But Salman’s attorney has asked the judge to declare a mistrial after it was discovered that federal prosecutors had concealed the fact that Omar’s father had been working with the FBI.
Noor Salman’s lawyers say FBI hid these key facts until now out of embarrassment: it was due to FBI’s close relationship w/Mateen’s father that they didn’t arrest Mateen when they investigated him in 2013. Also, prosecution of Noor intended to protect real accomplice: FBI’s asset pic.twitter.com/YGGq92E8Fw
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 26, 2018
If true, it’s yet another instance of malpractice by a law enforcement agency that led directly to a mass murder. Just off the top of our heads…
– Charleston church shooter Dylan Roof was able to buy his gun due to the ATF mistakenly giving him a pass. He killed nine people.
– The Air Force failed to report Devin Patrick Kelley’s criminal record to the NICS system, allowing him to buy firearms and murder 26 in a Sutherland Springs, Texas church.
– Nikolas Cruz had been known for years to school administrators, the Broward County Sheriff’s department and the FBI. Yet despite responding to almost 40 police calls involving Cruz, including weapons brought to the school, Mr. Cruz was never charged with a crime that would have removed him from society and/or prevented him from buying a firearm. He murdered 17.
And now Omar Matteen, if the reports prove accurate, wasn’t arrested by the FBI because they’d had a longstanding informant relationship with his father. And they’d concealed that fact ever since because of the negative light it would shed on the bureau.
Please, tell us once again how no one needs to carry a firearm. How it’s the job of local, state and federal law enforcement to keep everyone safe. That we should just let them do their jobs. How is that argument playing now?