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.