Just a few minutes ago, FBI Director James Comey gave a press conference on the Orlando shooting. To call it surreal is to mistake Salvador Dali for a portraitist.
We first became aware of him in 2013, while he was working as a security guard at a local courthouse,” Comey told reporters Monday. “He made inflammatory and contradictory statements about terrorism that raised concern with his coworkers, and claimed family connections to Al Qaeda.”
He continued: “He then said he was a member of Hezbollah, which is a Shiite terrorist organization that is ideologically opposed to Al Qaeda, a Sunni terrorist organization.”
…Comey said the FBI’s Miami office opened up a preliminary investigation into the shooter in 2013 that lasted 10 months.
“We interviewed him twice, and he admitted to making statements about the terrorist organizations,” Comey said. “But he said he did it in anger because he thought his coworkers were discriminating against him.”
The FBI’s second investigation into Mateen “came about in an indirect way” in 2014, Comey said. The FBI’s Miami office was investigating a Florida man who had blown himself up on behalf of Al Qaeda in Syria – an organization known as Jabhat al-Nusra. The office discovered he had attended the same mosque as Mateen, the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce.