The shocker of the day is that the FBI had a 10 year relationship with the Pulse Nighclub Terrorist’s Father! This relationship may have been the cause of the blunted reaction to a terror tip on him:
At the time of the Pulse terror attack, information only revealed he was a ‘known quantity’ to the FBI:
He was a ‘known quantity’ to the FBI and was investigated twice before the mass shooting. A senior law enforcement source says that Mateen was a person of interest both in 2013 and again in 2014.
An investigation was opened into the 29-year-old, but the case was closed when no evidence appeared to warrant further probing.
‘He’s a known quantity,’ the source said. ‘He’s been on the radar before.’
Via Daily Caller:
The FBI had a decade-long confidential informant relationship with the father of Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, prosecutors admitted Saturday, 12 days into the trial of his wife.
The undercover relationship with the father, Seddique Mateen, continued even though the bureau was tipped off in 2012 that its informant was himself raising money to plan a terrorist attack on the government of Pakistan.
The father’s status also played a role in the FBI’s decision not to seek prosecution of Omar in 2013 after they investigated him for violent threats, attorneys for the shooter’s wife said. If Omar had gone to prison in that case, the infamous Pulse shooting might have been avoided.
Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 68 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June 2016.Keep reading…
WIFE OF TERRORIST ON TRIAL:
Click Orlando reports:
Judge Paul Byron ruled Monday afternoon that the mistrial would not be granted because Salman’s attorneys were not harmed by the government’s failure to disclose that Seddique Mateen was a confidential informant.
The government email to Salman’s attorneys also states that in 2012, “An anonymous tip indicated that Seddique Mateen was seeking to raise $50,000-$100,000 via a donation drive to contribute toward an attack against the government of Pakistan.”
According to the motion, the defense states that the decision not to give Noor Salman a polygraph was possibly “based on the FBI’s desire to implicate Noor Salman, rather than Seddique Mateen in order to avoid scrutiny of its own ineptitude with the latter.”
The defense also said Seddique’s connection with the FBI played a role in a 2013 investigation into Omar Mateen for allegedly making threats against coworkers.
“Mateen’s father played a significant role in the FBI’s decision not to seek an indictment from the Justice Department for false statements to the FBI or obstruction of justice against Omar Mateen” during its 2013 investigation into his alleged threats,” the motion stated.