An FBI undercover agent encouraged a terrorist to tear up Texas before the 2015 Garland, Texas shooting, and was at the crime scene and failed to stop or engage the perpetrators. This was revealed in an investigation by CBS s 60 Minutes that aired Sunday. The Garland shooting left two terrorists, Elliot Simpson and Nadir Soofi, dead. They attempted to attack an event featuring cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, but were stopped by local police. The attorney for Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, who was sentenced for helping the two terrorists carry out the attack, revealed information on 60 Minutes from the government which showed the FBI s close proximity to the attack.
After the trial we found out that they had had an undercover agent who had been texting with Simpson, less than three weeks before the attack, [writing] to him Tear up Texas,’ attorney Dan Maynard said.
Simpson responded, bro, you don t have to say that The terrorist added, you know what happened in Paris so that goes without saying. No need to be direct. The FBI argued that the Tear up Texas message was not incitement. An affidavit filed in another case said that the agent also traveled to Garland, Texas, and was present at the event.
Maynard was given documents that showed the FBI agent was in a car directly behind Simpson and Soofi when they started shooting, and that he had taken a cell-phone photo of the security guard and police officer who engaged in a firefight with the terrorists.
The idea that he s right there 30 seconds before the attack happens is just incredible to me, Maynard said.
There was no advance knowledge of a plot to attack the cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas, the FBI said in a statement to CBS after declining an interview request. The 60 Minutes episode also revealed that the undercover agent left the scene and was arrested by police at gunpoint. The Mohammed drawing event was being hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). Pamela Geller, who runs AFDI, penned a blog post Monday which said, The FBI wanted us dead. The FBI has a history of using stings to catch terrorists, and has been accused of entrapment.
When I arrived at the Iowa state Capitol in Des Moines, the security guard suggested I hurry to the first floor to catch the tour that had just started a few minutes ago. Our knowledgeable guide stopped first in what had been the Supreme Court room, which is now used as a committee room and for the tour introduction. As I had approached the Capitol, I had noted that the center dome was gold-covered and four other domes were covered in copper. It turned out this is the only Capitol with five domes.
The tour guide explained that in some way the gold was the cheapest way to cover the dome since gold lasted so long and protected the stone it is standing on from staining. Staining is a problem with the copper domes. The layer of gold is tissue thin and if all the gold were collapsed into a ball, you could hold its six pounds in one hand. It had been recovered in 1999 at a cost of $500,000 including labor. A wide variety of imported and domestic marble were used, along with different types of wood from Iowa, making this a very attractive interior. The inside view of the dome from the rotunda is very beautiful.
Finished in 1886, it used gaslights and candles for illumination. This was a hazard that led to a fire that destroyed the House chamber in 1904. Later our guide showed us the extensive renovation that had been done to the House of Representatives to make the building useable. The Senate had had no damage and is still in the original style with lovely chandeliers that were originally for gaslights. The Legislature meets only four months of the year and was not in session when we were there. Our guide stressed the number of different occupations members of the Legislature come from, making it truly representative.
The most unusual section of the building is the extensive law library with 100,000 books. It is an open room three stories high with the books being reached by circular iron staircases at each end. The library is open to the public but librarians must retrieve the books for you, and visitors are not allowed to go up the staircases. It struck us that the librarians must be in very good physical condition. The library also has a unique collection of historic English law books. My oldest daughter, a doll collector, would have enjoyed the display just outside of the governor s office with dolls of the 44 first ladies in their inaugural gowns.
The “Western Pioneers,” 140-foot mural depicting the state’s history painted by Edwin Howland Blashfield in 1905, was at the top of one of staircases. While it was well done, I preferred the hard-nosed realism of the murals in our own Missouri Capitol by Thomas Hart Benton. To make up for the lack of many murals, the Iowa Capitol has an impressive collection of 47 monuments and statues surrounding the building. In front, I especially liked the statue of Abe Lincoln reading to his son Tad, and one of a pioneer with his son and a Native American guide. Des Moines is rich in other attractions, such as the State History Museum and the Living History Farms in nearby Urbandale, which have been written about in other Venture Bound columns.
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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detectives need your help in identifying and locating two individuals sought in connection with a violent encounter with loss prevention officers of a retail clothing business located in the 4000 block of South Maryland Parkway near Flamingo Road. On March 5, around 6:46 p.m. two men entered the business. While inside, they selected several items and attempted to exit without paying. When confronted by store security, one of the suspects pulled a knife as if he was going to stab the security officer. Both males escaped from the store in a blue, older-model Ford Mustang. The suspects are described as being between 21 to 30 years old, standing about 5 7 and weighing approximately 160 pounds.
Anyone with any information about the identity or whereabouts of these two men is urged to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385- 5555. Tips leading directly to an arrest or indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward.