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Did the FBI work closely enough with other law enforcement agencies when it was investigating Omar Mateen in 2013? Local police in Florida have said that the FBI should have given them more information about the man who went on to commit mass murder in Orlando last month, claiming his actions were guided by ISIS.

This issue is likely to be a focus of future congressional inquiries into the events of Orlando — because when America suffers a terrorist attack, members of Congress tend to criticize the nation’s security agencies for not working together closely enough to prevent it. Just days before the Orlando shooting, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) was highlighting the “disturbing lack of collaboration” among agencies in the wake of another attack — theSan Bernardino shooting last December.

U.S. counterterrorism professionals, meanwhile, tend to believe that such coordination problems are inevitable and are found among the security agencies of every democratic state.

Read more: Washington Post

The House will move next week on an anti-terrorism package that will have a provision to stop terrorists from buying guns, a source who participated in a House GOP Conference call on Thursday morning tells NBC News.

The specifics of the legislation are unclear, however, the terrorism package will likely include measures to help prevent radicalization and recruitment of potential terrorists and a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns. The full House will also take up Pennsylvania Republican Rep.Tim Murphy's committee-passed bill which seeks to prevent gun violence by providing improved care for mental illness.

Republican leadership is looking to move preemptively to block House Democrats from doing another floor protest. House Speaker Paul Ryan said leadership is gathering all the facts, evaluating options and getting recommendations from the Sergeant-at-Arms and the parliamentarians.

Read more: NBC News

A Minneapolis jury has found three young Twin Cities men guilty of conspiring to support a foreign terrrorist organization and of conspiracy to commit murder abroad in one of the largest ISIL-related prosecutions to reach a federal trial.

The three defendants — Abdirahman Daud, 22; Mohamed Farah, 22; and Guled Omar, 21 — now face sentences of up to life in federal prison.

As the verdict was read to a hushed federal courtroom at 1:30, relatives of the three young men could be heard weeping in the gallery, while other spectators left the courtroom in tears. Omar placed one hand over his face and his attorney, Glenn Bruder, quietly shook his head.

On a list of separate charges, the jury found Farah guilty of making false statements to federal authorities; but found Daud not guilty of perjury.

Read more: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

It can be tricky for some of the big names in the technology industry to deal with content on their networks. It's not always as black-and-white as a "that should definitely not be on our site, you're banned" kind of an issue. It's especially thorny when the content concerns national security—specifically, content that could be seen as advocating, encouraging, or otherwise planning terrorism.

And the use of the "t" word does tend to get technology companies embroiled in arguments with various governments, as the latter tends to be more interested in knowing about terrorism-related tie-ins. As we've seen this year, that also includes physical devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.) that people could be using to promote terrorism in some capacity. (Technology companies don't tend to like handing over digital keys that let the government into any devices they want.)

In an effort to get ahead of the curve, Microsoft has released a new set of guidelines and policies for how the company treats terrorism-related content on any of its properties.

Read more: PC Magazine

The U.S. added ISIS affiliates from Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen to its list of designated terrorist organizations on Thursday.

The move means these groups are being formally listed as designated terrorist organizations, a reflection of the changing assessment of the threat they pose. In the past, U.S. officials have indicated that they saw the groups in Libya, Yemen and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia more as sympathizers than formal affiliates of the core militant group, which controls parts of Syria and Iraq.

The State Department, working with the Justice and Treasury departments, also placed the groups on a list of global terrorists that allows the Obama administration to sanction anyone who knowingly helps or provides material support to these groups -- freezing any property, bank accounts or other interests they might have in the U.S.

Read more: CNN