Federal law enforcement agents were familiar with Omar Mateen well before he slaughtered 50 people at a Orlando gay nightclub. Mateen was a “known quantity” to federal law enforcement before he killed 50 innocent people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The Daily Beast is reporting that Omar Mir Seddique Mateen was investigated by the FBI for having ties to terrorist organizations.
The senior law enforcement source reports that Mateen became a person of interest in 2013 and again in 2014. The Federal Bureau of Investigation at one point opened an investigation into Mateen but subsequently closed the case when it produced nothing that appeared to warrant further investigation. “He’s a known quantity,” the source said. “He’s been on the radar before.”
Assistant FBI Agent in Charge Ronald Hopper told Fox News, “We do have suggestions that the individual may have gleanings toward that particular ideology. But right now we can’t say definitively.”
Hopper also said Omar Mateen made “threats in the past that he has ties to terrorist organizations.”
Despite being investigated for terrorism, Mateen was able to work for one of the biggest security companies.
GS4 describes themselves as:
“Secures your people, property and assets by understanding and mitigating security risk. We offer a suite of products and services — including risk consulting and investigations, systems integration, security software and technology, and security professionals — that align to deliver innovative, essential and scalable solutions that span your entire operation.”
GS4 protects government assets:
Providing security services to federal, state and local entities and law enforcement agencies. Federal, state and local governments across the United States are facing some of the most complex security challenges ever, from the threat of international terrorism and budgetary constraints to natural disasters. These unique challenges require a partner with the experience and capabilities to work with all levels of government to create security solutions with the best people and technology available. For more than 50 years, G4S has partnered with government agencies – from the Department of State to the Department of Homeland Security among several others.
In 2012, Mateen was congratulated in the GS4’s publication for five years of service.
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