*FBI Tried and Failed to ‘Lure’ Omar Mateen
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.’” The FBI ultimately concluded Mateen did not pose a threat, the sheriff added.
*MP Murder Suspect: ‘Death to Traitors’
Thomas Mair, the man accused of murdering British MP Jo Cox last Thursday, appeared in court on Saturday to face charges. Asked to provide his name, he identified himself only as “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain.” He refused to cooperate in providing his date of birth and address for the court. Mair, 52, faces charges of murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offense and possession of an offensive weapon. Police are currently investigating Mair’s motive for the killing, with a focus on his links to neo-Nazi groups and mental health. The crime sent shockwaves through the country ahead of the referendum on whether or not to stay in the European Union, and campaigning for the vote was suspended as a result.
Omar Mateen, the shooter behind the massacre at an Orlando gay club was fired from the state department of corrections in 2007 for joking about bringing a gun to class. Mateen made the joke after the Virginia Tech shooting. He was then hired by his last employer, G4S, who did not check on his record at the department of corrections.
*Spurred by Orlando Shooting, G.O.P. Senator Offers a Gun Control Compromise:
With congressional leaders once again at a stalemate over how to respond to a mass shooting, the Senate’s most moderate Republican, Susan Collins
of Maine, is developing a compromise measure that would prevent some terrorism suspects from purchasing weapons, while sidestepping partisan flash points that have doomed similar legislation in the past and threaten to do so again next week. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell
, Republican of Kentucky, has already scheduled votes for Monday on four proposals — two sponsored by Republicans and two by Democrats — but all four are expected to fail in a nearly identical replay of votes last December after the attack in San Bernardino, Calif.
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*A.L. Official Refuses to Lower Flag for Orlando
Tucker Dorsey, an Alabama county official, has refused to lower his county’s flag in memory of the victims of the Orlando shooting, despite directives to do so from the Alabama governor and President Barack Obama. Dorsey, the commissioner of Baldwin County, took to Facebook to explain his decision on Friday, saying he didn’t consider the attack in Orlando a “valid circumstance” to lower the flag to half-staff. “When the flag is at half-staff, our country’s head is figuratively held low, and quite frankly, I am not willing to hang my head down because of a terrorist attack against our people and our allies,” he wrote.
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*Belgium Conducts Dozens of Terror Raids
Raids were carried out all across Belgium overnight as authorities said there was a situation that required “immediate intervention.” Twelve people were arrested in connection with the case and another 40 detained for questioning. Belgian authorities declined to provide further details on the suspects involved and the items seized from the raids but said the searches went smoothly and “without incident.”
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*Egypt’s Morsi Sentenced to Life for Espionage
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people to death for allegedly passing confidential information on national security to Qatar. Those sentenced include two Al-Jazeera employees. Ousted president Mohammed Morsi
, who has already been sentenced to death in a separate case, was also sentenced to life in prison in the case. The Al-Jazeera employees, news producer Alaa Omar Mohammed
and news editor Ibrahim Mohammed Hilal
, were sentenced in absentia, along with another journalist with suspected ties to Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. The alleged crimes took place during Morsi’s rule. He was ousted in July 2013 and his Muslim Brotherhood declared a terrorist organization shortly thereafter.
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*94-Year-Old Former Auschwitz Guard Convicted
A 94-year-old former guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp was sentenced to five years in jail on Friday after a four-month trial in Germany. Reinhold Hanning was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people during his SS guard tenure from 1942 to 1944. Hanning has admitted to being aware of the mass executions that occurred at the camp, but that he did nothing to stop it. Auschwitz was located in southern Poland and housed the killing of about 1.1 million people, mostly European Jews.
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I know a few people who are on the no-fly list. They had no idea they were on it until they attempted to fly and were stopped at security from passing through. They are not bad people, they have never done anything to warrant being on the no-fly list. Neither one of these people are dangerous or mentally unstable. They are the perfect example of how the no-fly list is an inept system when it comes to stopping dangerous criminals from traveling. I have read many other stories of people this has happened to. I would never choose to take away these peoples’ 2nd Amendment rights as they are victims of a broken system. So to answer your question, no I do not think that people on the no-fly list should be stripped of their 2nd Amendment rights.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Sid Levin (Veteran agent): As Americans we have to make our voices heard. I am all for the 2nd amendment, but anyone that is a danger to the public must never be able to purchase a gun. Fuck being politically correct. Innocent Americans are dying for no reason by these lone wolf gunman who support Isis ideology. They use our laws to protect themselves so that we are helpless about stopping them. Let’s get to the root of the problem and whatever it takes wipe out Isis.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A creepy fan who has been terrorizing actress Brooke Shields for more than three decades was convicted Friday of stalking and harassment and sentenced to 60 days in jail. Judge Kevin McGrath, who presided over the nonjury trial in Manhattan Criminal Court, found John Rinaldi, 49, guilty of all four counts against him. The bug-eyed stalker offered the judge a rambling, nonsensical explanation of his conduct that sounded more like a prospectus for his children’s charity than a plea for leniency. A glum-looking Rinaldi, wearing a beige blazer and jeans, was then promptly hauled away in cuffs.
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