It has become abundantly clear in the course of the Trump/Russia investigation that the FBI is corrupt to an extent far beyond what anyone had hitherto suspected, and its failure to act upon reports it had received of the Florida school shooter before his attack is just the latest evidence of its abject incompetence. One clear indication of its corruption, incompetence, or both, is its handling of the AFDI/Jihad Watch Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, always erroneously referred to in the establishment media as the “Draw Muhammad” or “Draw the Prophet” event, in Garland, Texas on May 3, 2015.
Todd Shepherd of the Washington Free Beacon writes that “self-described free-speech advocate Pamela Geller created the ‘Draw Muhammad’ event at which Joiner was providing security along with the Garland Police Department.” The “self-described” adjective is a vicious jab that one would expect from some Leftist pro-censorship rag such as Mother Jones or the Huffington Post, but which should be unworthy of the Free Beacon. In reality, the Garland event, of which I was co-sponsor and co-organizer, and at which I was a speaker, was dedicated precisely to the preservation and defense of the freedom of speech. When jihadis are saying, “If you draw Muhammad, we will kill you,” free people have two choices: draw Muhammad or submit and surrender, and show that you are willing to kowtow to violent intimidation. So we held the event to show that at least some in the West will not submit to bullying, and will defend the freedom of speech.
The FBI, meanwhile, knew the jihadis were coming, and egged them on, as you can see below, but did nothing to stop them or protect us from being massacred. Why not? Bruce Joiner is trying to find out, and the FBI is stonewalling.
This shameful, corrupt institution needs to be thoroughly dismantled, and the foes of the freedom of speech in it prosecuted for anything they did to expose Americans to danger.
“FBI Might Avoid Turning Over Documents in Texas Attack Lawsuit,” by Todd Shepherd, Washington Free Beacon, February 20, 2018:
A lawsuit against the FBI for its role in a 2015 terror attack in Texas has taken a detour over discovery issues.
Bruce Joiner, a security guard shot in the leg by two radicalized Islamists at a “Draw Muhammad” event in the North Dallas suburb of Garland in May of that year, learned months later that an FBI agent had been undercover in the terrorist cell that executed the attack. The agent had texted one of the assailants to “Tear up Texas” a few days before the attack, and was also in a separate vehicle directly behind the two terrorists taking pictures of them just seconds before they opened fire at a perimeter parking checkpoint.
The undercover agent, described in court documents as being dressed in Middle Eastern attire, tried to flee the scene when the shooting began but was stopped by local police.
Attorneys for the FBI asked for a dismissal in recent federal court filings, but have taken the extra step of asking the court to delay all discovery until the court rules on the dismissal motion.
Joiner is suing the FBI for liability and is asking for just over $8 million in damages, but has maintained in other media interviews and also through his attorney that he is bringing the suit primarily to get to the bottom of the FBI’s involvement leading up to the attack.
If discovery is halted, and should the case later be dismissed, Joiner would leave the case empty handed, no closer to understanding why an FBI agent who had contacts with the attackers was so close when the gunfire started but did nothing to prevent the attack and instead tried to flee.
“I don’t know of any undercover agent that can allow their fellow officers and citizens to be fired upon in the course of an investigation,” Joiner told Dallas television station KTVT in late 2016. “You have to stop that before that happens.”…
Joiner’s attorney, Trenton Roberts, hit back against the government’s motion to dismiss without discovery last week, arguing that “by conducting discovery, [Joiner] will be able to provide a more sufficient record for the Court to rule on the crucial factual questions pertinent to the ‘discretionary function.'”
“In arguing that [the FBI] has the prerogative to weigh ‘harm to innocent victims resulting from a covert operation’ against the need for ‘maintaining secrecy,’ Defendant is effectively claiming that the FBI had discretion to allow potentially hundreds of American citizens to be attacked in a dubious attempt to maintain [the FBI agent’s] cover,” Roberts wrote in the filing.
“Put simply, Defendant’s motion to dismiss would provide any law enforcement officer immunity to aid or assist a terrorist massacre on American soil, in the name of ‘maintaining secrecy.’ This is simply not the law,” Roberts noted, adding later, “the judgment exercised by the FBI was not of the kind that Congress intended to shield from civil claims.”…
In a May 2017 hearing, less than one week before he was fired by President Trump, then-FBI Director James Comey told Sen. Cruz in a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, “I can’t go into the details of [the Garland operation] here, because they’re classified, but I think a fair thing to say is the media reports are highly misleading.”
The Garland attack is one of the legacies of the assault on the Charlie Hebdo offices by Islamist radicals over the satirical magazine’s portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad. That attack killed 12, and injured 11 more.
Less than two weeks after the attack in Paris, a Muslim community held a fundraiser at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland called, “Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect.” The fundraiser drew heavy protests.
In response to the fundraiser, self-described free-speech advocate Pamela Geller created the “Draw Muhammad” event at which Joiner was providing security along with the Garland Police Department.
The two attackers, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were killed within yards of where they opened fire. It was the first attack on American soil for which ISIS claimed responsibility….