It seems that FBI Director James Comey claims through a statement made Thursday, that his agency had looked into Elton Simpson, one of the men involved in the attack on the Mohammed Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas.
It appears through social media surveillance the FBI was able to prove his allegiance to ISIS as well as gain prior knowledge of an upcoming attack in Texas through his tweet with the hashtag of #TexasAttack. The same day at about 4:00pm est., the FBI says it sent out a BOLO (Be On the Look-Out) with photographs of Simpson, 31 and a license plate to the local authorities in Garland, Texas.
Although, a spokesperson for the Garland Police Department told CBS News that they received no such information regarding Simpson or accomplice Nadir Soofi were headed their way. The FBI states they believed Simpson was interested in the controversial event (similar in situation to the Charlie Hebdo incident), but that they did not know Simpson and Soofi were en route from Phoenix, armed with AK-47s.
The two men were able to open fire on the event grounds around 7:00pm cst, where shortly thereafter a lone Texas Patrol Officer managed to send them both to meet their anxiously awaited virgins. Apparently, Simpson was receiving some very bad “juju” in the form of guidance and inspiration online from American jihadist Mushahid Miski.
The FBI had reopened an investigation into Simpson, back in March, but was not watching him around the clock. In an off camera session with reporters on Thursday, Director Comey described the “siren song” of ISIS, saying that terror groups reach out through social media sites such as Twitter, identifies their followers, then send them to encrypted websites that are very difficult to track. He said the group’s messages are simply; “go kill people”. He also added that the group sometimes supplies “hit lists” and sometimes suggests particular targets.