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Watch: Acting FBI Deputy Director States the Horrific Obvious During Hearing

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Watch: Acting FBI Deputy Director States the Horrific Obvious During Hearing

David Bowdich, the acting FBI Deputy Director, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the bureau made mistakes in the way they handled two tips received about the person accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school last month.

“We made mistakes here. No question about that,” Bowdich told the committee during a hearing on school safety.

“That said even had we done everything right I’m not sure we could have stopped this act, but it would have been nice to try. It sure would have been nice for our investigator to sit down in front of Mr. Cruz and actually have that discussion.”

The Deputy Director said in a written testimony that the FBI received an email tip on September 25th that someone who signed with the killer’s name left a comment on a video saying, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”

Someone close to 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz called the FBI’s public tip line on January 5th warning them of his gun ownership and their concern about a possible school shooting.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Bowdich if the FBI reached out to local law enforcement to give them a warning about Cruz.

Bowdich said they did not.

“I don’t know why the call taker did not do so,” he said. “She conferred with her supervisor and made some sort of a presentation about what was contained in that call. There was a discussion about the fact that the local department had been notified. You’re absolutely correct, senator, that the call was very explicit; however, they made a decision to close it. No lead value and no call was made to the local jurisdiction.”

Bowdich told the committee later that the FBI inspection team is looking closely at the performance metrics in place for call takers.

“Part of that was the speed at which they were taking their calls and then how long it would take them to do their follow-up after they took the call,” he said. “And that follow-up could be database checks, scrubs of additional tips they found, so we’re not so sure we didn’t potentially drive some behavior there that’s not so good in a case like this.”

Notice he never said even if they wanted to intervene their hands were tied because they could have done something if they wanted to. I don’t expect the FBI to stop everything (that’s impossible), however, I do expect them to be competent.

Do you think this is a powder keg ready to explode?

Credit: The Hill

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