[Ed. – For crying out loud, could the FBI have spent any more time following Mateen around? And if Mateen had been a non-Muslim of Irish-Scots-Anglo-German descent, is there any way he could have retained his security job or his firearms licenses, given all the attention he excited from law enforcement? Just say it: his insanely dangerous eccentricities were overlooked deliberately because he was a Muslim.]
The FBI investigated and attempted to trap eventual Orlando shooter Omar Mateen after a 2013 incident in which he allegedly threatened to kill a deputy. According to the Vero Beach Press Journal, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office requested Mateen—then working as a security guard—be removed from his patrol of the St. Lucie County Courthouse after he threatened to have al Qaeda kill a deputy and his family. He also allegedly made “very disturbing comments about women and… Jews and then went on to say that the Fort Hood shooter was justified in his actions,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara.
As part of its investigation, the Press Journal reported, “the FBI examined Mateen’s travel history, phone records, acquaintances, and even planted a confidential informant in the courthouse to ‘lure Omar into some kind of act and Omar did not bite.’”