At this late date, I keep thinking…hoping…praying…that there will be no more stories lowering the bar even further on the staggering incompetence and indifference of the authorities who failed to prevent the Florida school shooting. But this week, in closed door testimony to Congress, FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich reportedly admitted that the agency did manage to connect the future shooter to the YouTube comment that read, “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.” But they decided not to pursue it and closed the case. They also had multiple occasions to share information about him with state and local authorities, but didn’t.
I suppose this should restore a little faith in the FBI. It boggled the mind to think that the world’s foremost investigative agency, one that seemingly has access to every last tweet or email, was incapable of figuring out who left that message when he signed his fairly unique name to it and he had a number of disturbing and threatening social media posts also under that same name. So the good news is, they aren’t as hopelessly incompetent as a drunken yak after all. They are able to do their job – they just chose not to. And now 17 innocent people are dead.
No, sorry, that doesn’t restore my faith.