Opinion written prior to the fifth person (Navy Reservist) pronounced dead
Four brave Marines are no longer going to be with their families because this guy was not being tracked by Homeland Security, the NSA or the FBI?
There were enough red flags known before this tragedy to have alerted the FBI, the NSA and Homeland Security of relevant and “reasonable suspicion” that he should have been high on a watch list. Could these senseless murders have been prevented?
Let’s see if the “math” or two plus two equals four?
This guy’s father had been investigated, perhaps two times, and placed on a watch list for “giving money to a an organization that apparently had ties to Hamas, a “terrorist organization.”
This guy traveled overseas (Jordan and Kuwait) at least four times, some extended stays as long as seven months.
This guy’s sporadic work history, perhaps, did not produce the financial resources necessary to accommodate travel and lengthy time overseas.
This guy began a blog where he posted about Islam, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks international terrorist groups. He at one point compared life to a prison and at another point called life “short and bitter.”
There may be more, but the security file on this guy will not be made public.
Some fair questions:
We spend billions on intelligence. Where was the intelligence on this guy?
Who made the decision to remove this guy’s father from the watch list and why?
Did this guy receive weapons training (AK-47) in high school, college, or in his back yard, or is fair to conclude that he received weapons training in Jordan, Kuwait or Syria?
Seems a bit strange that someone travels to Jordan and stays there for 7 months, has their passport rubber stamped on his return and national security would have no information on such a trip. Should someone with his profile have their passport rubber-stamped when returning from a 7-month trip to Jordan?
Was this guy actually profiled and watched and is there an extensive FBI file on this guy to identify the extent of his communications and planning via email, cell phone and meetings?
Were the murders spontaneous?
Were senior FBI and Homeland Security officials behaving responsibly to do the job right?
There are many more questions to be asked and answered, but I suspect that politically correct reporting may prevent that.
Condolences to the families. Brave Marines: Rest In Peace.