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FBI Admits Department Received Warning About Nikolas Cruz, Did Not Follow Up

FBI Admits Department Received Warning About Nikolas Cruz, Did Not Follow Up

The department did not follow protocols.

https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/964107290885402624

The FBI has admitted it received a tip from someone regarding Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz on January 5, 2018, but never followed up on it.

The person even told the FBI that Cruz had a “desire to kill people” and “potential” to shoot up a school.

So the FBI did know about him. The community knew about him. The school even banned him. But go ahead and keep pushing your anti-gun narrative even though EVERYONE has admitted they failed at every opportunity to prevent this tragedy.

I blogged yesterday that the FBI received a warning last fall from a YouTube vlogger and bail bondsman about a comment from a Nikolas Cruz that said, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”

Administrators at the school have long considered Cruz a threat. The school expelled him for reasons officials have not said, but administrators told teachers and staff last year that Cruz was not allowed “on the campus with a backpack:”

Math teacher Jim Gard remembered that the school administration earlier sent out an email warning teachers about Cruz.

“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” said Gard, who had him in class. “There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.”

The Miami Herald wrote that people who knew Cruz said he “was into weird stuff” and never spoke much. His now-deleted Instagram page had tons of photos of weapons. One post even had Allahu Akbar in Arabic, but officials still believe the shooting had nothing to do with terrorism. NBC News reported that some students said they even “joked that if anyone were to attack the school, it would probably be him.” Senior Eddie Bonilla said that Cruz often “threatened to bring guns to school.”

SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO PREVENT THIS TRAGEDY. No one did anything about it.

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If this kid was Russian I’ll bet the FBI would have been all over him like white on rice?

    No, they didn’t do squat about the Tsarnaev brothers, the Pulse nightclub shooter and others now referred to as “known wolf” terrorists.

    This is why schools so desperately need a security review. What they’re doing now isn’t working.

      ADDgolfer in reply to Dave. | February 16, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Maybe a much larger “No Guns Allowed on Campus” sign?
      Appears the smaller existing ones are not being seen—sarc

So if we “see something” should we still “say something”? It ain’t working.

    guyjones in reply to natdj. | February 16, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Great point. The efficacy of the entire “See something; say something” premise is rendered completely useless if law enforcement is too incompetent to conduct a proper investigation. Yes, I recognize that these people receive thousands of tips each year, but, there has to be some sort of rational hierarchy for assigning them priority, based on the nature of the threat, credibility of the source, etc. Common sense would seem to dictate that potential school shooting threats be handled with the same urgency and seriousness as a potential domestic terrorist event.

    Observer in reply to natdj. | February 16, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Hasn’t ever worked.

    Remember how, in the months leading up to the 9/11 attacks, the FBI received numerous tips and warnings from flight schools, domestic tipsters, even their own damn agents (in the Phoenix office) that a major terror attack involving U.S. airplanes was being plotted?

    The FBI was just as effective then as now. Apparently the only thing the FBI is really good at is getting innocent people convicted of crimes they didn’t commit using junk science from their bullshit lab.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/04/fbi_s_flawed_forensics_expert_testimony_hair_analysis_bite_marks_fingerprints.html

      C. Lashown in reply to Observer. | February 17, 2018 at 2:04 am

      Almost makes a person wonder if some people in the FBI aren’t involved with the planning of such attacks. “See something, Say something” would make a great warning vehicle to do a better job of hiding your actions…OR am I just being a little paranoid? It isn’t just the ‘true believers’ in Islam that want to destroy/cripple America.

      marche_pas_sur_mon in reply to Observer. | February 17, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Observer – looks like either Peter Strzok or Lisa Page downvoted your post! Or maybe Andy McCabe.

What do you expect? The FBI was too busy doing contract work for hillary klinton.

And hillary klinton’s blatant, unpunished criminality and her flaunting it to anyone that will listen, is likely a good rationalization for mass killers like this moron to use in motivating themselves to act out.

regulus arcturus | February 16, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Thanks Obama, Holder, Lynch, Comey…

    YellowSnake in reply to regulus arcturus. | February 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    So what is Trump going to do? Offer his thoughts and prayers?

    A Look At All 18 Shootings That Have Taken Place In 2018 On School Property . I found the 3rd grader who pulled the trigger of a cop’s gun interesting. Ditto for a 12-year old girl who dropped her backpack and shot 2!

      We know what you commies wish to do, disarm law abiding Americans in order to suppress freedom and liberty.

      F you. Not going to happen. You commies murdered 100 million + in the last hundred years. Not here, not ever.

      Little slow, aren’t you ‘stain?

      the truth about that “18 school shootings” bullshit was debunked by yesterday, about an hour after it hit the wires.

      the Lunatic Left gun-grabbing website included a bb gun hole in a parked school bus, a guy who offed himself in a school parking lot, SEVEN MONTHS after the school had closed for good, pot shots at windows AFTER HOURS, and gang banger drive-bys.

      in reality, there have been exactly THREE and only yesterdays qualifies as a “mass shooting”

The FBI’s ineptitude in this matter would be comical, were the implications not so tragic and profound. The Bureau supposedly couldn’t identify Cruz, even though he had used his real name in posting on YouTube.

Untold resources and agents have been working on behalf of the Dumb-o-crat National Committee and Crone Clinton campaign undermine and to sabotage Trump and his administration, but, tips regarding domestic threats that should receive top priority are treated with indifference, at worst, or, total incompetence, at best.

The mea culpa and ensuing investigative report on this fiasco will be interesting to read.

And, this farce inures to the benefit of conservatives, because it demonstrates that, even in instances where a potential shooter is known to law enforcement authorities, to school administrators, to his classmates, etc., the parties most in a position to engage in scrutiny, psych evaluations, whatever, simply cannot get their ducks in a row and walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. No, the “answer” is “gun control, of course.

    tiger66 in reply to guyjones. | February 16, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Sorry, don’t hold your breath. You won’t ever see the follow up report. The modus operandi of these guys is to classify everything that could possibly make them look bad. Can you spell Shadow State?

    There will be NO accountability for this failure, and any process changes will probably take years if not decades.

    Remember, this is not the FIRST time the fibbies let the bad guys slip through.

    I predict that not one of the people in the FBI who failed to follow procedure and forward the information to the Miami office will ever suffer any real consequences.

    YellowSnake in reply to guyjones. | February 16, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    R U going to take someone’s guns away based on a ‘psych evaluation”? They will drum you out of the NRA along with any politician or LEO that participates.

    The point of the ‘mental health’ canard is to tamp down any outrage; not to actually introduce such a test.

    Besides any change in procedure or law would activate the ‘Camel’s nose under the tent’ conjecture.

The last line of defense will always be the first: the armed citizen on the scene, prepared to defend himself and others. Stop violating everyone’s most fundamental constitutional rights with these disgusting defender-free “gun free” zones, which only means no guns in the hands of the law abiding.

JackRussellTerrierist | February 16, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Even though the FBI were well warned about Cruz, they were far too busy framing a president for no-existent crimes to rid him from office and hopefully incarcerate him.

“Say something, do nothing.”

who benefits from having these events happen, and what is their end goal in doing so?

too many times in recent history has one agency or another had advance knowledge of the perp who eventually committed a horrific act, and each time they have done *nothing* to prevent it.

a few years ago, i’d have called anyone saying this a conspiracy nut, but, with everything we’ve learned in the last year or so, it’s hard to come to any other conclusion.

    snopercod in reply to redc1c4. | February 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Who benefits from “spreading distrust towards law enforcement and the political system in general” (I plagiarized Robert Mueller on that.)

      redc1c4 in reply to snopercod. | February 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      any distrust i have for law enforcement and the political system in general has been caused by those entities doing things to earn my distrust.

      LAPD lies in its crime stats, refuses to cooperate with federal alw enforcement but cheerfully, and with great enthusiasm conspires to deny American citizens their right to keep and bear arms.

      as for the political system, the corruption and dishonesty is rampant at every level.

      no outside intervention is necessary: they do it to themselves.

buckeyeminuteman | February 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Too busy whistling Dixie while looking for imaginary crimes committed by Trump.

This is awful. Trump should fire his FBI director.

And right on cue, they are announcing indictments against 13 Russians for interference in the 2016 elections.
Coincidence?

    tiger66 in reply to Exiliado. | February 16, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Five people, that’s all. Five people.

    I want five people in the FBI fired for mishandling the Nikolas Cruz case. Five people.

    The local cops had visited the home more than 30 times, and the FBI drops the ball.

    The problem with all of this concentration of government power is that no one is **ever** held accountable. Here’s a government that can’t even manage the do not call registry, and yet they insert themselves in all aspects of our daily lives.

    And then, when they f_ up, as they invariably do, it’s the sound of crickets. All of these kids gone, and the people involved at the FBI will continue to get nice pay, nice benefits, and nice pensions.

    Nothing to see here. Move along (you dumb citizen).

      murkyv in reply to tiger66. | February 16, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you.

      NY Post reporting local LEO had been called to the home 39 times in the last 7 years.

      He was well known to law enforcement

Give ’em a break. I’m sure that if the twerp had ever chewed a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun, the FBI would have pounced before you’d have had time to say “criminal negligence”.

Let’s not forget how a flight school in Phoenix contacted the FBI because they thought it was suspicious that a group of Middle-Easterners were learning how to fly large jets, but not land them. Once again, the FBI did nothing and once again, the rest is history.

The FBI’s problem is not with the principles (e.g. protocols), and there is no evidence of systemic failure, but rather a clear and progressive corruption of the principals.

Quick poll here. Who still believes in due process under the US judicial system?

I am sure the FBI will give bonuses and promotions to all involved.

I think that the FBI derangement syndrome has gone on long enough here.

Everyone is busy dumping on the FBI. But, the same people seem to be giving a pass to everyone else who actually knew about Cruz and actually had contact with him. Let’s start with the high school. They certainly knew about him, they had him expelled and transferred to an alternative ed school. The school system knew about Cruz, because they expelled him and placed him the alt ed program. There was at least one psychiatrist who was familiar with Cruz, because Cruz was using prescribed psychiatric medications. The Sheriff’s Office knew about Cruz, because they had been called to his home for disturbances 39 times in the last 7 years. But, of course, in the world of political derangement, this is all the fault of the FBI.

I would say this one more time, so listen closely. If the school had reasonable security this would probably not have happened. According to LE reports, Cruz was free to wander around the school shooting people for 6 minutes. Fortunately, he was a maladroit and was only able to shoot 29 people, killing 17. In the 39 contacts with the Sheriff’s Office, Cruz’s behavior never rose to the level which justified either arrest or commitment. In all the contacts with his psychiatrist, Cruz’s behavior never justified commitment. So, why would we believe that Cruz’s behavior, if he was contacted by the FBI would have generated a violation of federal law? But, a few armed and trained security personnel, at the school, would likely have reduced the carnage significantly. Instead of armed security we are going to have the chil’ren wear ballistic back packs. Please, beam me up Scotty, there is no intelligent life on this planet.

    willow in reply to Mac45. | February 16, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    There were failures at multiple levels. The FBI was part of the layers of failure. The FBI does investigate when potential threats are reported. Total blame does not lie with the agency, though.

    I truly want to know how to make a school more closed off when there are multiple buildings, sports fields, tennis courts, public parking, and so on. Students can get mowed down outside at bell changes, physical education outside,…. I live near a school campus. There are so many ways for a shooter to kill hordes of students because the school is not in isolation as a gated community. There are houses around and public roads. My kids homeschooled and are/were also enrolled in a public charter school where they work/ed from home, but they play sports. They are probably more vulnerable at practice. I agree with heightened security, armed teachers, and so forth.

      Mac45 in reply to willow. | February 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      We have entire industries that are dedicated to doing just that, securing facilities. The problem is that school officials have two reasons for doing nothing. The first is that most large school systems are run by bleeding heart liberals who simply refuse to acknowledge that dangers exist in the world and have to be addressed. The second is MONEY. Security is expensive. And, most school systems simply do not want to spend the money for security against what is really a very small threat. There are actually very few school shooting incidents, of this type, in any given year. So, school districts are loath to spend the money necessary to guard against them. The school systems which actually have armed security are those which face a significant threat of gang and student violence. That is where you find the controlled access with metal detectors and armed guards.

        tiger66 in reply to Mac45. | February 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm

        Money?? In my area, plans are being formulated now to build tow new athletic complexes (aka football stadiums) to the tune of $50 mio. You heard it: $50,000000.

        It’s not the money, it’s the priorities.

          Mac45 in reply to tiger66. | February 16, 2018 at 8:41 pm

          Exactly it is all about the MONEY. Rather than spend money to protect their students, they would rather spend it on large buildings on which the school board can etch their names. Or on free breakfast and lunch programs. Or on any number of other stupid non-essentials.

          Most school system administrations care very little about the children that they are responsible for 8 hours a day.

        Barry in reply to Mac45. | February 16, 2018 at 8:41 pm

        We could start with an FBI that actually does the things an FBI should do, rather than the corrupt bastards using the FBI as a political tool.

        Then we can move on to another layer. The FIBers are not absolved of their incredible incompetence just because someone else is incompetent.

        FBI is nothing more than CYA. Fire them all and start over.

          Mac45 in reply to Barry. | February 17, 2018 at 1:40 pm

          The FBI is charged with the investigation of violations of federal law. That is what they do. The have no power to make psychiatric diagnosis or to incarcerate people because they MIGHT be a potential threat to others. If you want to give the FBI those kind of powers, then you really have no complaint when members of the Bureau target political candidates for surveillance, because they MIGHT be a potential threat or future federal law violator.. Think about it.

          Barry in reply to Barry. | February 17, 2018 at 2:21 pm

          “The FBI is charged with the investigation of violations of federal law. That is what they do.”

          So you are trying to tell us that the FBI does not investigate threats that may violate the law? The FBI apparently disagrees with you considering they admit they fucked up.

          They didn’t do their job. They know it, and you would if you didn’t have your head buried in the sand.

Great! The outfit that is supposed to be the premier law enforcement agency in the world is a conscientiousness objector in the war on crime.

We are so screwed!

OleDirtyBarrister | February 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

“Tragedy” is not the right word.

Atrocity is.

If this kid had threatened to target moslems, you think the FBI would have taken more interest?

    YellowSnake in reply to Demonized. | February 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Do you know of such a case or are you just feeling some righteous self-pity?

      We know you’re a commie and corrupt to the core. The only FBI you would support would be the corrupt ones.

      Let’s see. I just did a quick search on bing “FBI investigates threat to mosque” and came up with 8 different examples on the first page alone

      You should try it before you hit “Submit”. Might save you from looking like an idiot troll in the future.

      Never mind, that’s already been established

        YellowSnake in reply to murkyv. | February 16, 2018 at 11:26 pm

        That’s Ok. I found 11 hits on first page of google to ‘fbi investigates threat to church’. Oh, wait, a couple of them were about the bombing of black churches by white supremacists.

Can we please just stop having to see the mug shot image of this thing? Unless it is an image with a bullet hole in his forehead.

Hat tip to whoever at FBI admitted “we screwed up and here is how”.

That is called Integrity and is exactly what will get the FBI back on the right path.

people who knew Cruz said he “was into weird stuff” and never spoke much. His now-deleted Instagram page had tons of photos of weapons.

Fine. Let’s start taking away the weapons of anyone who fits that description before they commit an atrocity.

All in favor, give me a thumbs up.

It’s fun to watch Leftists like Yellowsnake argue whatever side advances the Party narrative.

Next week, similar situation, parties reversed. Guess which side Yellow is taking? Ha.

Hey Yellow, just for laughs, if the shooter was a conservative instead of a liberal, tell us all about how FBI neglect was really a conspiracy with the Russians to topple the Bill of Rights.

Ahhh the situational ethics. Why, it’s almost like you people shouldn’t be trusted.

marche_pas_sur_mon | February 17, 2018 at 4:58 pm

The FBI didn’t do its job? Wow, that’s a shocker!! /sarc off

They were too busy covering their collective rumps where it concerns the Trump dossier – they don’t have time for law enforcement.

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