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.
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