This is what Senator Ted Cruz tried to fix, the Democrats filibustered it.
The Pentagon has known for nearly twenty years about major reporting lapses to the FBI of criminals within the U.S. military, The Associated Press reports.
The AP discovered a 1997 report that detailed massive fingerprint reporting lapses of military criminals with the U.S. Navy and the Navy failed to report 94 percent of cases. “The lack of reporting to the FBI criminal history files prevents civilian law enforcement agencies from having significant information on military offenders,” the report warned 20 years ago.
Military criminal reporting to the FBI has come under renewed scrutiny after former U.S. Air Force enlisted criminal Devin Kelley killed 26 people in a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church Sunday. Kelley, 26, was convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault under court martial in 2012, under U.S. law this should have barred him from ever purchasing a firearm. DailyCaller
On Fox News @ Night, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke of the legislation introduced with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in 2013 that was filibustered by Democrats, “would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.”
Devin Kelley lied on the ATF form 4473 he filled out before purchasing a gun. Senator Cruz blasted the Obama Administration for not prosecuting criminals who lied on forms when purchasing guns, which is a felony.
No disqualifying information showed up in the background check when it was completed because the Air Force had not sent the information on Kelly to the FBI, Senator Cruz stated it is “an endemic problem; it’s a problem at the federal government; it’s a problem with the states. ”
The federal and states need to send criminal information to the FBI database, which should be mandatory, and the government needs to enforce laws and pursue prosecution against those who lie on forms when trying to purchase guns.
Video: Sen. Ted Cruz reflects on the Texas church massacre
Ted Cruz: This should have been stopped beforehand. Under federal law, it was illegal for this individual to purchase a firearm. He had a conviction for a crime that is punishable by more than a year in prison; and he had a conviction for multiple domestic violence crimes. Both of those, it’s already ineligible. But, several things happened: number one, the Air Force, the Obama Administration didn’t report those convictions to the NCIS data base. That’s an endemic problem; it’s a problem at the federal government; it’s a problem with the states. And so, when he went in to buy the guns, they ran the background check, and they didn’t find it cause it wasn’t in the data base.
But I’ll tell you: we could have prevented this. In 2013, in the wake of Sandy Hook, I joined with Chuck Grassley, we introduced legislation that was called the Grassley-Cruz legislation, and it was aggressive legislation targeting felons and violent criminals to stop them from getting guns. There were a couple elements of that legislation that were critical: one, it mandated that federal agencies, including the Air Force, report to the NCIS because that was a problem back then.
But two, and this is an even more critical piece, it had been reported to the background, the background data base, when he went into Academy to buy these weapons, he lied on the forms. That is a felony, to lie on those forms. The Obama Administration didn’t prosecute those cases. In 2010, 48,000 felons and fugitives lied and illegally tried to purchase guns; they prosecuted only 44 of them.
Gun control for felons and fugitives yes, for individual citizens,” Cruz concluded, “for law-abiding citizens, no, and the Democrats filibustered the legislation that would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.
Devin Patrick Kelly should have been legally barred from owning guns. The Air Force failed to follow procedure, it did not submit Kelly’s criminal history to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
The Air Force says a mistake allowed Devin Patrick Kelley to buy guns. On Sunday Kelley opened fire on a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
The former airman had an assault-style rifle and two handguns — all purchased by him, according to federal officials — when he shot and killed 26 people.
He also had a known record of domestic violence. In 2012, while he was in the U.S. Air Force, he was court-martialed for assaulting his then-wife and stepson. He served a year in confinement at a Naval facility in California after a plea bargain.
Under federal law, his conviction disqualified him from legally possessing a firearm. But there was an apparent breakdown in getting information about his conviction to the proper federal database.
“Initial information indicates that Kelley’s domestic violence offense was not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database by the Holloman Air Force Base Office of Special Investigations,” said Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek in an email.
Top Air Force brass has ordered a complete review of the case…
An official at the Pentagon tells NPR’s Tom Bowman that a mistake resulted in neither the arrest nor the conviction being listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the database that would have flagged him as ineligible to purchase a firearm.
“This was mishandled by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where Kelley was serving when he was arrested,” Tom reports. “An investigation is now underway, and the Air Force is taking it very seriously, said the source.” NPR
She is out of prison – only 2 years because of her cooperation with authorities.
An FBI translator who was assigned to investigate a bloodthirsty ISIS terrorist wound up falling head-over-heels in love with the man — and married him instead, a report says.
Daniela Greene, 38, was apparently so lovestruck by the German-born jihadist that she left her husband in the US to be with him in war-torn Syria, and then lied to the feds about her whereabouts, according to CNN.
Denis Cuspert — a wannabe rapper-turned-ISIS pitchman — reportedly became the apple of her eye sometime in 2014, despite having a notorious penchant for violence.
He has been spotted showing off the terror group’s savagery in countless execution videos, some of which show him holding severed heads, CNN reports.
Roughly three years after joining the FBI as a linguist, Greene was assigned to the Detroit bureau in Jan. 2014 and asked to probe Cuspert.
By June, she was already smitten by the tatted-up terrorist and making plans to be with him in the Middle East. They reportedly tied the knot in Syria sometime that month.
Greene eventually got cold feet, though, and decided to come back to the US in Aug. 2014. She was immediately arrested upon her return. Full article at NYPost
Wow, the FBI viewed all 650,000 in a very short time, some achievement! Must have been that push from DOJ for a fast exoneration.
Politico reported, “Justice officials disclaimed any political motivations in their shift in strategy, the effort to put the investigation on a fast track would be a step toward meeting the demands of top Democrats and the Clinton campaign for more answers in advance of the election.”
Comey does not say the investigation is stopped.
FBI Director Comey’s letter to Congress:
I write to supplement my October 28, 2016 letter that notified you the FBI would be taking additional investigative steps with respect to former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a personal email server.
Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.
During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.
Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.
I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time. DailyMail
What nerve, this from the AG that took the 5th with regards to the secret Iran ransom payments. The top law enforcement person in the United States and she pleads the 5th to Congress. Good move by Comey to break with AG Loretta Lynch and the White House to reopen the Clinton investagation.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch advised FBI Director James Comey against sending a letter to Congress to inform them about the reopening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Lynch argued to Comey that he should follow the Justice Department’s practice of not taking actions that could influence the outcome of a presidential election, The New Yorker reported on Saturday.
The FBI director is an employee of the Justice Department and is ‘covered under its policies.’
Comey broke from Lynch, who objected to the move, and independently sent the letter to Congress on Friday, dropping the bombshell about the restarted investigation based on newly discovered emails, rocking Clinton’s campaign.
Comey’s supporters argue that he had to break away from Lynch and act independently on the issue due to her compromising herself when she had an impromptu visit with former president Bill Clinton late into the investigation earlier this year.
He also sent a separate memo to staffers explaining his decision, noting the bureau would not ordinarily inform Congress about its ongoing investigations, but said he felt he needed to do so amid the looming election. DailyMail
Update: FBI Found Hillary Emails On Weiner Electronic Device
According to The New York Times, the new emails the FBI found that have prompted them to take new investigative steps regarding Hillary Clinton’s private email server came from Anthony Weiner’s electronic devices. DailyWire
NY Times: The F.B.I. is investigating illicit text messages that Mr. Weiner sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. The bureau told Congress on Friday that it had uncovered new emails related to the Clinton case — one federal official said they numbered in the thousands — potentially reigniting an issue that has weighed on the presidential campaign and offering a lifeline to Donald J. Trump less than two weeks before the election.
Will FBI Director Comey get it right this time.
Comey: “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”
“Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be signifcant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony.”
The political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email use.
Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.
The Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe’s campaign in the form of mailers, according to the records. That adds up to slightly more than $675,000 to her candidacy from entities either directly under Mr. McAuliffe’s control or strongly influenced by him. The figure represents more than a third of all the campaign funds Dr. McCabe raised in the effort.
Mr. McAuliffe and other state party leaders recruited Dr. McCabe to run, according to party officials. She lost the election to incumbent Republican Dick Black. WSJ
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is also under federal investigation for campaign contributions from a Chinese businessman.
Criminal, if true. Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy offered the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions oversea if they would downgrade the classification of Hillary emails that contained classified information.
FBI interview summaries and notes, provided late Friday to the House Government Oversight and Intelligence Committees, contain allegations of a “quid pro quo” between a senior State Department executive and FBI agents during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, two congressional sources told Fox News.
Quid Pro Quo
He said “there was an alleged quid pro quo” involving Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy and the FBI “over at least one classified email.”
“In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed,” Chaffetz said. Fox News.
One email marked unclassified actually contained classified information.
The story about potential reclassification of Clinton emails unfolds over three of the summaries. A senior FBI official in the international operations division describes conversations with Kennedy about the classification of emails. In his interview, this official says his section of the FBI had attempted to contact Kennedy repeatedly over the course of several months in the spring of 2015. Kennedy did not return the calls. In the late spring or early summer of 2015, the FBI official reported to work surprised to find a note indicating that Kennedy had called.
According to the summary, Kennedy wanted help. The FBI official spoke with Kennedy and Kennedy raised the possibility of keeping at least one Clinton email from public disclosure by obtaining a “B9” exemption under the Freedom of Information Act, a rarely used exemption that refers to “geological and geophysical information and data.” One email in particular concerned Kennedy and, according to the FBI summary, providing a B9 exemption “would allow him to archive the document in the basement of the department of state never to be seen again.” The FBI official told Kennedy that he would look into the email if Kennedy would authorize a pending request for additional FBI personnel in Iraq.
A summary of an interview with the section chief of the FBI records management division provides further evidence of Kennedy’s attempts to have the classification of some sensitive emails changed. The FBI records official, whose job includes making determinations on classification, told investigators that he was approached by his colleague in international operations after the initial discussion with Kennedy. The FBI records official says that his colleague “pressured” him to declassify an email “in exchange for a quid pro quo,” according to the interview summary. “In exchange for making the email unclassified State would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.” The request was denied. WeeklyStandard
Counter Terrorism Division
Kennedy took the email discussion all the way up to Michael Steinbach, assistant director of the Counter terrorism Division (CTD), who refused to change the classification. After Steinbach said the FBI would not comment on the matter to the public, Clinton appeared before the press and said she had not sent classified emails via her private server.
Kennedy later told another official from the FBI’s International Operations Division (IOD) that the email’s classification “caused problems” for him, and that he wanted it classified B9, so it could be archived “in the basement of DOS never to be seen again.”
However, when the CTD explained that the classified email was related to the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the official told Kennedy there was “no way” he could declassify it. RT
Statement: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) & Chairman Devin Nunes (R-California) of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
“We find Under Secretary Kennedy’s actions extremely disturbing. Those who receive classified intelligence should not barter in it – that is reckless behavior with our nation’s secrets. Someone who would try to get classification markings doctored should not continue serving in the State Department or retain access to classified information,”Chaffetz and Nunes said in a statement.
The FBI has slashed training that would give agents a better understanding of the origins and ideologies of Islamist terrorism and extremism.
Counterterrorism expert Sebastian Gorka said the FBI’s counterterrorism division has created excellent counterterrorism training courses since the 2009 Fort Hood attack.
“That is not the problem,” said Gorka, professor of strategy and irregular warfare at the Institute of World Politics. “The issue is the courses aren’t being held.”
Since last year, Justice Department funding for counterterrorism training was slashed by nearly 50 percent, Gorka said. As a result, the “Terrorism: Origins and Ideology” course designed specifically for Joint Terrorism Task Force members—whose mission is to catch people like Rahami before they kill—were reduced from eight courses per year to less than four.
“As a result our law enforcement officers are less prepared just as the threat has increased,” Gorka said.
Erick Jamal Hendricks, 35, of Charlotte, North Carolina was arrested for supporting ISIS after he tried to organize terror cells in the U.S. Court documents detail FBI’s contact with ISIS recruiter Hendricks before the 2015 Garland, Texas attack.
On April 23, 2015, Hendricks allegedly used social media to contact Elton Simpson, who, along with Nadir Hamid Soofi, was inspired by ISIL and launched the attack on the “First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest” in Garland. Simpson and Soofi opened fire, wounding a security guard, before Garland police returned fire and killed both Simpson and Soofi.
According to the complaint, Hendricks also connected UCE-1 ( undercover FBI agent ) with Simpson via social media; communicated with UCE-1 about the contest in Garland; and directed UCE-1 to go to the contest. Hendricks allegedly said: “If you see that pig (meaning the organizer of the contest) make your ‘voice’ heard against her.” According to the complaint, he also asked UCE-1 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?” Shortly thereafter, Simpson and Soofi committed the attack on the cartoon drawing contest. Justice Press Release
‘Tear up Texas,’ undercover FBI agent told ISIS shooter before Garland attack.
The Daily Beast recently reported that “days before an ISIS sympathizer attacked a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, he received a text from an undercover FBI agent. ‘Tear up Texas,’ the agent messaged Elton Simpson days before he opened fire at the Draw Muhammad event, according to an affidavit (pdf) filed in federal court Thursday.”
One undercover FBI agent was at the Garland event.
The Beast’s Katie Zavadski also revealed that the undercover agent was at our free speech event in Garland, where Simpson and Nadir Soofi attempted a jihad massacre…
While I do believe that undercover FBI agents have to play along with the jihadis they’re dealing with, because in order to be in an informant you have to have credibility, it’s a whole other thing if you’re encouraging and cheering on the proposed murder of Americans who are standing in defense of the freedom of speech, and then not doing anything about it. Why did the FBI only have one agent there? And not a team waiting for them to shoot back?
Garland Police given short-term notice of attack, notify of attack 3 hours before event.
In the wake of Garland, the media attacks on us were the overwhelming and overarching story. But outside of that, one of the stories that bubbled to the surface was that the FBI knew about the attack before it happened, but did not alert law enforcement or my security apparatus. When I first heard that the FBI had prior notice of the attack, I thought that it was very short-term notice. It was assumed by many people that the FBI had had some sketchy prior knowledge of the attack, but nothing particularly specific.
Now we find they were in on the planning of the jihad attack, and did nothing about it. If you recall, the FBI only got around to alerting Garland police about Simpson’s jihad plans three hours before our event. It was Garland police, not the FBI, that coordinated all the super security efforts with our own security team.
The Beast reported that this accomplice “asked the undercover officer about the Draw Muhammad event’s security, size, and police presence, during the event, according to an affidavit filed in court. The affidavit does not specify what the undercover responded to questions about size and security.” Why not? Why weren’t the agent’s answers released?
They knew about the attack, yet they didn’t have a team there in case the jihadis started shooting?
How well does the FBI protect American citizens?
It’s hard to escape the conclusion that the Obama FBI wanted me and the other speakers at the event dead. Dutch freedom fighter Geert Wilders was the keynote speaker; he has been living with armed guards for years for supposedly “insulting Islam.” My colleague Robert Spencer has received numerous death threats from Muslims. Cartoon contest winner Bosch Fawstin drew Muhammad. Did Obama’s pro-Islam FBI want us all dead?
ISIS released in July a “kill list” naming over 1,700 targets, specifically members of synagogues and churches for attack across the US.
FBI Contacted Those On The List
“When we find information like this, we’re always doing our best to contact the public, let them know, even if we don’t understand why necessarily that information was out there or compromised,” said FBI assistant special agent-in charge Matthew Espenshade. He added that the information found on the kill lists is sometimes easily available online, adding : “So it’s a matter of not necessarily hacking but really searching.” IBTimes
The FBI would not confirm that number, but acknowledged they have been notifying people in Nashville for almost a month.
“When we find information like this, we’re always doing our best to contact the public, let them know, even if we don’t understand why necessarily that information was out there or compromised,” said FBI assistant special agent-in charge Matthew Espenshade…
“When you are randomly targeting civilians, you are sowing fear into the populace and that can be more effective than targeting known military or political targets,” said Dr. Susan Turner-Haynes, a professor at Lipscomb University.
Turner-Haynes said in general, the likelihood of being involved in a terror attack is very low.
The FBI said they still have a moral duty to notify people. WSMV
The use of kill lists by ISIS and its affiliates has evolved into a common terror tactic. According to a report by SITE, “These lists, with targets spanning drone operators to random civilians, appear to have achieved at least part of their presumed intentions: heightened alert by government workers, FBI visits to startled civilians, and significant media attention.” Algemeiner