Published On: Fri, Jun 17th, 2016

DHS head Jeh Johnson ‘won’t second guess’ FBI on Omar Mateen, talks gun control

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday he’s not going to second-guess the FBI on its past investigations of Omar Mateen, the Muslim terrorist who killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 others in the attack on an Orlando gay club last weekend.

“I won’t second-guess the FBI on this, because I know how aggressive they are when it comes to their counter-terrorism efforts,” Johnson said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mateen had been flagged multiple times by the FBI, but was ultimately removed from a watch list; therefore, enabling the American to purchase the weapons used in the attack.

Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson

“The FBI does an excellent job of investigating, detecting, and preventing terrorist plots in this country. I see that all the time,” Johnson said despite the details emerging of the Florida gun shop staff contacting the West Palm Beach branch regarding Mateen’s “suspicious” visit a month earlier and Disney notifying the Feds of Mateen scoping out their property with his wife.

“In this case, the shooter was interviewed multiple times. He was investigated. There was a follow-up interview,” he said. “And the FBI made the judgment, based upon what they knew at the time, that they should dedicate their resources to other active investigations.”

Johnson then used the “home grown” adjective, contradicting the gun shop owner’s report of Mateen calling “someone” after being denied body armor.

“He does not appear to have been part of any cell or any group,” Johnson said of the Islamic State loyal Mateen, who was born in Queens, NY to immigrants from Afghanistan. “This does not appear to be a terrorist directed attack from overseas. It is mostly a terror-inspired attack.”

Johnson reiterated his contention in recent days that gun control is a matter of homeland security.

“I just think that when you look at Orlando, you look at San Bernardino, we have to face the fact that responsible, sensible gun control is now a matter of homeland security,” he said.

“It’s not just a matter of public safety; it is a matter of homeland security that we address this on a national level,” he said. “This is something we’ve got to face and we’ve got to do to minimize the opportunities for a terrorist to get a hold of a gun, one way or another. It’s a matter of homeland security that we take this on.”

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

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