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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Florida School massacre 17 die: FBI warned abt Nikolas Cruz Reply with quote

Did FBI miss a warning before Florida high school shooting?
By The Associated Press February 16, 2018 2:36 am
https://wtop.com/education/2018/02/did-fbi-miss-a-warning-before-flori da-high-school-shooting/

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, students are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. It was the final period of the day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and...

The massacre at a Florida high school is again raising concerns about whether the FBI missed signs that might have stopped a mass shooting.

Last fall, a Mississippi bail bondsman and video blogger noticed a comment on one of his YouTube videos that said, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” He immediately reported it to YouTube and the FBI and the next day two agents came to his office to take a printout of the comment and ask him whether he knew anything about the person who posted it.

Although the commenter’s username was “Nikolas Cruz,” — the same name as the 19-year-old man who authorities say killed 17 people at his former high school on Wednesday — the FBI couldn’t identify the poster, Robert Lasky, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Miami, said Thursday.

Federal agents interviewed the man who reported the comment and searched public records databases, actions in line with those done during an FBI assessment — the lowest level, least intrusive and most elementary stage of an FBI inquiry — but came up short. The FBI says they still haven’t conclusively linked the account to the shooter.

A day earlier Cruz walked into his former high school in Florida with an AR-15 rifle and opened fire, shooting at students and teachers in hallways and on school grounds.

It is the latest attack to raise questions about whether people who once caught the attention of law enforcement should have remained on the FBI’s radar. In the last two years, a man who massacred 49 people at an Orlando nightclub, another who set off bombs in the streets of New York City and a third who gunned down travelers at a Florida airport, had each been looked at by federal agents but later determined not to warrant continued law enforcement scrutiny.

FBI assessments are routinely opened after agents receive a tip, which could be sparked by something as simple as noticing odd activity in a neighbor’s garage or a classmate’s comments. Agents routinely face a challenge of sifting through which of the tens of thousands of tips received every year — and more than 10,000 assessments that are opened — could yield a viable threat.

Had agents been able to confirm Cruz was the same person as the YouTube poster, they would have found dozens of photos of rifles, ammunition, targets filled with bullet holes, which likely would have led to a face-to-face interview. The FBI did not notify police in Florida about the post before the mass shooting.

“They owe us some more detail on what they did,” retired FBI assistant director Ron Hosko said.

The questions come as the FBI is already under intense scrutiny and facing unprecedented attack from President Donald Trump and some congressional Republicans, who have seized on what they say are signs of anti-Trump bias, particularly as it relates to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

But it’s not clear the agency dropped the ball in this case, Hosko said.

“With anything that the FBI receives they are constrained to act based on what they have in front of them,” said Hosko. “You have a random internet posting that suggests the person wants to do something, not that they are planning on doing something.”

FBI guidelines meant to balance national security with civil liberties protections impose restrictions on the steps agents may take during the assessment phase.

Agents, for instance, may analyze information from government databases and open-source internet searches, and can conduct interviews during an assessment. But they cannot turn to more intrusive techniques, such as requesting a wiretap or internet communications, without higher levels of approval and a more solid basis to suspect a crime.

“It’s a tricky situation because sometimes you get information regarding individuals and they may be just showing off, blustering,” said Herbert Cousins Jr., a retired FBI special agent in charge.

A vague, uncorroborated threat alone may not be enough to proceed to the next level of investigation, according to Jeffrey Ringel, a former FBI agent and Joint Terrorism Task force supervisor who now works for the Soufan Group, a private security firm.

Many assessments are closed within days or weeks when the FBI concludes there’s no criminal or national security threat, or basis for continued scrutiny. The system is meant to ensure that a person who has not broken the law does not remain under perpetual scrutiny on a mere hunch — and that the FBI can reserve its scarce resources for true threats.

Had he had pledged his allegiance to the Islamic state, for example, investigators might have had enough evidence to proceed with a more intrusive probe.

Tips like the one that came in about the Florida gunman are among countless complaints that come into the FBI daily with varying degrees of specificity.

“How many of these do you expect the FBI to handle before it becomes the Federal Bureau of Complaints,” said retired FBI assistant director Ron Hosko. “They could spend their entire workforce tracking down internet exchanges that never going to go anywhere.”
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Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This witness claims more than one shooter...

https://twitter.com/KHOUSportsMatt/status/963972590258806785
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://willyloman.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/parkland-shooting-witness- says-3-shooters-and-indicates-they-were-wearing-masks/

This young girl says there were three shooters and seems to indicate they were wearing masks.


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Florida Shooter Made Sick Use of School’s Active-Shooter Drill
The timing likely made it more difficult for the school to order and maintain a complete lockdown—and Nikolas Cruz knew just what would happen.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/florida-shooter-made-sick-use-of-schools -active-shooter-drill

Cruz quite literally knew the drill when it came to active shooters and understood that the lockdown procedure would go into effect the moment gunshots were heard. He certainly did not want to find himself wandering suddenly deserted hallways, trying to force his way through locked doors.

So Cruz seems to have hatched a two-part scheme to thwart the well-rehearsed lockdown plan.

He began by waiting until just five minutes before the 2:35 p.m. dismissal time.

He then pulled a fire alarm.

The timing likely made it more difficult for the school to order and maintain a complete lockdown. He was able to kill 12 inside the school, along with another two just outside and one on the street. Three more died in the hospital.

The toll could have been higher had the students in at least two classrooms not stayed put despite the fire alarm and despite a banging on the door that was almost certainly the gunman.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'An Armed Cop Was on Campus When The Florida Shooting Began—Never Encountered Suspect':
https://www.activistpost.com/2018/02/armed-cop-campus-florida-shooting -began-never-encountered-suspect.html?

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