Noor Salman, wife and widow of the Orlando Pulse Shooter, has been acquitted of all charges for her alleged role in the attack.

My take on this is that it doesn’t matter if she was really guilty or not.  It’s the Cliven Bundy case all over again.  Once again, the FBI withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense, as they so often do.  Once again, a federal jury refused to return a guilty verdict.  What did the prosecution not tell the jury until the last minute?  Oh, nothing major.

For six days, Salman listened as prosecutors picked apart her life, depicting her as manipulative, materialistic and cruel. After prosecutors rested their case, they dropped a bombshell: Mateen’s father was an FBI informant up until the massacre, they said, and was under criminal investigation himself.

Yeah.  The FBI–once again–failed to prevent an attack for reasons of incompetence, if not downright negligence, and even lied about the evidence to conceal its bungling.  The more unapologetic conspiracy fans would even say that the FBI is allowing or even aiding these mass shooting attacks to further a gun control agenda.  When you look at Parkland, the FBI’s concealment of the truth over Las Vegas and Paddock, and San Bernardino it starts to look ugly and scary.

It also looks like a pattern.  I’m not going to go down the conspiracy rabbit-hole (even though it’s almost Easter).  Not today, although I’m admittedly not above doing so and reserve the right to do it later.

Instead, I’m going to declare that we’ve reached the point that it’s time to have a serious national discussion about disbanding the FBI.  If you’re not with me on that or think it’s too extreme, I have to ask you: how much more do you need to see?  The Deputy Director of the FBI was just fired for lying and probably obstruction of justice.  It will come out that Hoover’s big fish is rotten from head to tail.  It’s clear the FBI has an institutional problem in terms of both its competence and its credibility.

We’ve seen it at the highest levels over Carter Page and FISA abuse and all the way down to cases of organized crime, where the FBI allowed innocent people to go to jail to protect their crooked informants.  Just like they protected the son of one of their informants who went on to murder people.  It’s not good police work and it’s time to stop pretending that the FBI is a sterling and capable organization that’s doing any good anymore.  It isn’t.

The FBI has lost another high-profile case because the jury chose to believe the wife of a jihadist (who the FBI had denied was a jihadist for months before charging Noor, by the way) over the FBI.  Can you believe that?  I can’t fault the jury at all.  I wouldn’t believe the FBI either if I were sitting on a jury.  Not about anything.  I’ve seen too much of this.

Maybe Noor doesn’t deserve to be free and maybe she does have blood on her hands.  But all blame for this state of affairs rests with the FBI.

The FBI is sick and needs to be put to sleep.

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Before I bury the FBI, a few questions; 1) What crimes was the dad being investigated for as committing, were they terror related? 2)Is there any tangible proof that dad knew of son’s terror bent, was aware of the jihadi attractions or was aware that something was brewing on the horizon? 3) Is there any records that can verify that dad warned the FBI ahead of time, that he knew his son was a ticking time bomb, or even mentioned to the FBI that they should pay attention to son? 4)Other than failing to reveal dad’s status as an informant,… Read more »

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

Speaking of paid informants, I’m not a fan at all.

Still doesn’t change the fact that the FBI apparently took the word of a terror suspect’s father as a reason to drop an investigation simply because he was their informant. That is a bold claim that Greenwald made, I would like to see the evidence backing it up. Considering how many thousands of reports the FBI gets concerning possible terror threats, they took this one seriously and from what I can tell, handled it about as well as they could; The FBI took the concerns about Mateen seriously because the report came from another law enforcement agency, because he had… Read more »

It looks to me like this case was beyond flimsy, predicated on confessions both the FBI and the prosecutors knew were false, and when the judge discovered the bogus confessions, exposing them in court in front of the jury, the whole case fell apart. I think justice was done in finding her not guilty.

In this telling, the jury didn’t think the FBI was truthful and that actually outweighed his opinion that they thought she knew about the attack in advance. The judge ripping the lead FBI investigator for withholding exculpatory evidence that invalidates the entire case (the signed confessions) in front of the jury, yeah, that would definitely cast some doubt the FBI’s way. It really is asinine that the FBI doesn’t record interviews. Inexcusable even. The jury believed Salman over the FBI on the obstruction claim. That’s devastating. I could be wrong but this looks to me like a ,”Oops, my body… Read more »


No, it isn’t. Utterly moronic. I believe most law enforcement agencies do these days, but the FBI has its own way of doing things, I guess. They do this for a very specific reason. Those notes become part of the evidence for the case. If they recorded the interview, the entire thing would be evidence, and be able to be shown to the jury at the request of the defense. With hand-written notes, they can craft the “evidence” to benefit prosecution. “But I told the FBI in my interview that I was…” “Sorry, that doesn’t appear to be in… Read more »

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