The Larger FBI Problem Exposed by the Mateen Fiasco

In June 2016, Omar Mateen murdered 49 people in an Orlando gay bar.  It seems that the FBI was investigating him for terrorist proclivities fully ten years before. At that time, though, Mateen’s father induced the agent conducting the inquiry to conclude his son was not a threat.

We just learned that the elder Mateen was a confidential informant for the FBI and that the agent in question was the senior Mateen’s handler.  The obvious conflicts of inherent in this arrangement raise serious questions about the Bureau’s competence and warrant further investigation.

While they’re at it, investigators should look into the FBI’s practice begun during these years under then-Director Robert Mueller known as the “Great Purge.” It eliminated agent training in techniques that could help identify jihadists – and deal effectively with, rather than be duped by, them.

We must reverse the Purge.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.