Rep. Louie Gohmert from Texas identified what he believes is the prime reason Omar Mateen was able to walk into a gay nightclub in Orlando and kill 49 people, despite having previously been interviewed by the FBI: Agents are not allowed to ask the questions that help determine if a person has been or is being radicalized.
“They don’t know what to ask when trying to discern if one has been radicalized,” Gohmert told TheBlaze Wednesday. Gohmert, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees issues related to homeland security and terrorism, was referencing how the FBI lexicon does not include terms that he says could help authorities determine whether an individual poses risk or danger to the American public.
“FBI agents and current Homeland Security agents are not being allowed to understand or be taught how you can recognize someone who’s been radicalized by what they’re reading, what they’re doing, who they’re studying under, what mosques they’re attending,” Gohmert said. “There are many factors that help discern if someone has been radicalized before they kill people, and this administration will not allow those things to be taught to our FBI, State Department, Defense Department and intelligence agencies.”
Among the terms that appear nowhere in the FBI’s lexicon are “jihad,” “Muslim,” “Islam,” “caliphate,” “Muslim Brotherhood,” “al Qaeda” and “Shariah.” Such terms were “purged” from official counterterrorism training manuals government-wide as a result of a series of policies Obama and his administration enacted in 2011-2012.
“Generally speaking, I think it is absolutely insane,” Gohmert told TheBlaze. “It is absolutely insane that you would not allow FBI agents to be trained about verses in the Quran, which help radicalize the Muslims.”
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