Official: FBI Overlooked Texas Shooter’s Violent Tweets Because ‘There are So Many Like Him’

by Frances Martel  |  published on May 7, 2015


An unidentified “senior law enforcement official” tells the New York Times that, while the FBI had been aware of Garland, Texas jihadist attacker Elton Simpson for nearly a decade, they did not follow his violent, pro-jihad tweets as closely as they could have because “there are so many like him” that the agency is overwhelmed.

In a report highlighting the long paper trail Simpson left behind of supporting and engaging with jihadists online, particualrly on Twitter, the Times notes that the sheer barrage of information can make it difficult for law enforcement to identify legitimate and imminent threats out of a sea of wishful jihadist thinkers.

Simpson and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, attacked a “Draw Muhammad” art contest in Garland, Texas on Sunday armed with assault rifles. They were almost immediately neutralized by a traffic officer working at the Culwell Center in Garland, and managed only to shoot one officer in the leg before their demise.

The New York Times notes that, while the center was heavily monitored due to a barrage of terrorist threats online, Simpson himself had only been cursorily monitored. He nonetheless was extremely active on Twitter: “Mr. Simpson, a convert to Islam with a long history of extremism, regularly traded calls for violence on Twitter with Islamic State fighters and supporters, as well as avowed enemies of Pamela Geller, the organizer of the cartoon contest.”

  • KDC

    “there are so many like him” that the agency is overwhelmed.” Well, keep letting more and more of these low life aliens into the country! NSA maybe you should quit infringing on the citizen’s 4 th Amendment rights and scrutinize these types.

    • BHR

      OBAMA has left the border open, so they just walk in. Homeland Security has said recently, they are expecting attacks to start but OBAMA said it is not muslims and they can not be profiled. When we have a president on the side of the terrorists, it is hard to stop them.

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