01/10/2017

The Road To Fort Lauderdale

Judith Miller, City Journal

According to reports, Esteban Santiago, the 26-year-old former National Guardsman who killed five people and wounded six others in Friday’s shooting spree at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, is crazy. But so is our continued reliance on “security” systems aimed at preventing terrorists or mentally ill people from inflicting such mayhem. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome, then the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Transportation Security Administration, and other agencies charged with keeping us safe from people like Santiago are at best inadequate, or at worst, crazy.

The failures begin in Anchorage, Alaska, where Santiago, who was born in New Jersey and raised in Puerto Rico, had lived and worked as a security guard since 2014. When the obviously agitated young man walked into the FBI office there in November, complaining about hearing Islamic State voices in his head telling him to commit violence and saying that he was being controlled by a U.S. intelligence agency, officials contacted local police, who gave him a 72-hour mental-health evaluation. He was deemed nonviolent, released, and then apparently escaped further law-enforcement scrutiny. In December, the police returned the gun they had confiscated in Santiago’s car during his FBI visit. He had carried the magazine clip with him to his meeting with federal agents. One official told the New York Times that the returned gun is believed to have been the one used in his deadly rampage.

It’s not yet known why the FBI concluded that Santiago wasn’t dangerous. He was clearly a delusional man. His relatives said that he had not been himself since 2010, when he returned from a nine-month deployment in Iraq. He’d been discharged last August by the Alaska National Guard for unspecific “unsatisfactory performance.” Whatever the FBI’s reasoning, Santiago’s name was never added to any law-enforcement watch or to the federal “no fly” list. Nor were local police able to charge him with a crime, despite having been called to his apartment on at least four occasions on complaints relating to domestic abuses of his older girlfriend, believed to have been the mother of his child.

“It’s hard to argue that the FBI did not drop the ball on this case,” said Michael Sheehan, the NYPD’s former deputy commissioner for counter-terrorism. “The FBI too often fails to notify local police when a deranged, possibly violent person is heading their way.” 

Santiago’s case resembles that of two other mass shootings whose perpetrators were also investigated and dropped by federal and local law-enforcement agencies prior to deadly attacks. Based partly on a tip from Russian intelligence, FBI officials interviewed, investigated, and then ended surveillance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder of the two brothers who eventually carried out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Federal agents had also investigated Omar Mateen for possible links to terror twice before he killed 49 and wounded 53 others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last June.

Read full article



You May Also Like:

American Pravda: 'Project Veritas' Catches CNN Producer Admitting Russia Story Is 'Mostly Bullshit,' 'About Ratings' [Watch] Tim Hains, RealClearPolitics

SCOTUS Reinstates Substantially All Of Trump Travel Order William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection

No, Obamacare Repeal Will Not Kill Tens Of Thousands Max Bloom, National Review

The War On Work—And How To End It Edward L. Glaeser, City Journal

Donald Trump Is Not Under An FBI Investigation. Bernie Sanders Is. Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

Study: Seattle's $13 Minimum Wage Led To Drop Of $1,500 In Income For Low-Wage Earners [Watch] Ben Shapiro, Daily Wire

The Numbers Don't Lie, Mueller Is Hunting [Watch] Newt Gingrich, Washington Examiner

Refugees And Terrorism: A Massive Vulnerability In Our Immigration System Kris W. Kobach, Breitbart News

EXACTLY WHAT SHE DESERVES: Professor Fired For Saying Otto Warmbier ‘Got Exactly What He Deserved’ Eric Owens, Daily Caller

Pelosi Appears Irritated After CBS Plays Montage Of Democrats Calling For Her Ouster: ‘They Had Their Time On TV’ [Watch] David Rutz, Washington Free Beacon

Student Who Registered Dead People For Democrats Headed To Prison Rick Moran, American Thinker

Progressive/Libertarian: The Alliance That Isn’t Bryan Caplan, Library of Economics and Liberty

Very Fake News Scandal Consumes CNN As Jeff Zucker, Network Flack Refuse To Comment On Russia Retraction To Own Network Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News

Disgrace: Almost 100 Veterans Died Waiting For Health Care At Los Angeles VA Hospital [Watch] Matt Vespa, Townhall

Why Trump Is Earning Latino Support Steve Cortes, RealClearPolitics

Black Trump Supporter Goes Nuclear On Maxine Waters ‘You Have Destroyed The Black Community With Illegal Immigration!’ [Watch] Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit

Thank Frackers On Independence Day For Cheaper Gas Prices Andrew Moran, Economic Collapse News

Dershowitz: Ginsburg Should Recuse Herself From ‘Any Case Involving’ Trump [Watch] Kathryn Blackhurst, LifeZette

Tocqueville’s Fear With Democracy: Soft Despotism Learn Liberty

For More go to the Home Page >>>

Search

Bookshelf

FreeMarket Central

Some titles recent, all recommended -

Special Video Feature

FreeMarket Central

Voices From The 2017 International Students For Liberty Conference

In Search Of History

Cambodia's Deadly Experiment

In the 1950s, students started gathering in Paris. They were reading Karl Marx. They were forming book clubs. They were trying to come up with a better version of society. One that moved away from the division of labor. One that moved away from the capitalism in the big cities that they so despised. ... One of those students would change his name to Pol Pot. He and his colleagues formed a new political party, a takeover in Cambodia. They called themsevles the Khmer Rouge. ... Under Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, one out of four people in that country died in less than four years. 

-- Matt Kibbe,

Shadow Stats Snapshot


FreeMarket Central

ShadowStats alternate economic indicators are based on the methodology of noted economist John Williams, specialist in government economic reporting.

  • Unemployment:
    FreeMarket Central BLS: 4.3%
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 22.0%
  • Inflation:
    FreeMarket Central May Year-to-Year: 1.87% (CPI-U*)
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 9.6%

*[cpi-u is the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation rate for all urban consumers]