Sayfullo Saipov? The suspect of yesterday’s New York City terror attack (see Trump Orders DHS to Step Up Extreme Vetting Program and NYT Columnist Used NYC Terror Attack to Push Gun Control)? The lone wolf who innocently yelled “God is great” in Arabic (CNN’s words) while committing a random act of violence?
In 2015, federal agents interviewed him as a connection between two people. On the counterterrorism list.
NEW: NYC suspect was interviewed in 2015 by federal agents after being listed as point of contact for two men on counterterrorism list. pic.twitter.com/Q8GjUk9o3S
— ABC News (@ABC) November 1, 2017
The suspected New York City attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, was interviewed in 2015 by federal agents in the Department of Homeland Security Investigations Unit about possible ties to suspected terrorists, but the agents did not have enough evidence to open a case on him, laws enforcement officials tell ABC News.
I bet they do now, though.
Saipov was listed with his name and address as a “point of contact” for two different men whose names were entered into the Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit’s list after they came to the United States from “threat countries,” one federal official told ABC News.
One of the two men has vanished and is being actively sought by federal agents as a “suspected terrorist.”
I guess it wasn’t just ironic that he was yelling “God is great” in Arabic then. Also, if he has two compadres who are on the “Could be baddies” watch list, does that disqualify him for the Lone Wolf awards? Cause it seems if you have ties to other terrorists, maybe that’s a wolf pack. Asking for a friend.
Now, obviously our justice system isn’t Minority Report, where innocent people are incarcerated for crimes not yet committed. Okay? Okay. But isn’t it fair to monitor Saipov more closely? Seeing as how Saipov is as much an American citizen as Harvey Weinstein is charming? Yeah, yeah, we don’t actually know how closely the federales were watching Saipov. But clearly not close enough. Fair?
It’s just another case of “Yeah, we knew he was a problem. Now we extra know he was a problem.”
Thanks for playing, guys.