It’s the four year anniversary of the deadly islamic attack on our our free speech event in Garland, Texas. It’s the fourth anniversary of the jihadi attack on our free speech event in Garland, Texas. I know of no commemorations or remembrance of the brave Americans who staved off the attack in Garland. Unlike “Boston Strong” (they have been anything but), Garland was truly “Garland Strong.” Taking out those jihadis was a real American response, and we had the best of all possible outcomes. San Bernardino and Chattanooga and Orlando and the other jihad attacks since then were Garland without guns.
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It was the first ISIS-claimed attack on U.S. soil. A “60 Minutes” special on CBS revealed that an undercover FBI agent accompanied the terrorists in a separate car as they approached the Center. Many questions remain unanswered regarding his role in the attack and the FBI’s responsibility to forewarn in such cases. (Editor’s note: ISIS is also known as Islamic State, ISIL, and Daesh.)
The undercover agent, who remains unidentified, had been communicating with Simpson and Soofi through encrypted messages for some time. According to “60 Minutes,” a few weeks before the attack he urged them to “Tear up Texas.” Simpson responded, “bro, you don’t have to say that … you know what happened in Paris … so that goes without saying. No need to be direct.”
The agent followed closely behind the two terrorists in a separate car as they drove toward the art exhibit. He photographed two security guards, Bruce Joiner and Greg Stevens, standing outside the Culwell Center seconds prior to the attack. The two terrorists stopped in the street in front of the event, jumped from their car and began shooting at Joiner and Stevens. Joiner was immediately hit in the leg with a non-life-threatening wound. Stevens, a 60-year-old, 38-year veteran of the police force, returned fire and seriously wounded both Simpson and Soofi. Then four members of a SWAT team engaged and killed them. The entire incident went down “in seconds,” according to Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates.
The main thing is that there is no explanation that fits the facts other than this: the FBI knew the jihadis were going to strike our event, and did nothing to stop them. In fact, its agent encouraged them. My conclusion that they wanted us dead is simply the only possible explanation of their behavior.
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