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FBI Informant Involving Garland, Texas, Suspect Speaks Out for First Time

Garland_TXBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI informant who spent four years working undercover to gather information on one of the eventual suspects in the Garland, Texas, shooting recounted his experience with ABC 15. 

“I was kind of a little nervous,” Dalba Deng, who was a paid informant working on a 2010 case involving one of the suspected shooters, said.

Deng worked undercover for four years to help the FBI build a case against Elton Simpson.

Deng said he posed as someone who wanted to learn more about Islam.

His goal was to save lives, he said.

“I did it from my heart,” he said. “I was trying to help because they were trying to kill some people.”

The undercover work provided the feds with hundreds of hours of recorded conversation with Simpson, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to convict Simpson.

Dallas Morning News: Garland Flaps Illustrate Shifting Terror Focus

By the Dallas Morning News
Editorial Board

As terror attacks go, the charge of the jihadi wannabes in Garland will not be remembered as textbook. Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi had desire and tools, but their execution was lacking.

Their goal was to crash an American Freedom Defense Initiative meeting, Pamela Geller’s Muhammad cartoon contest. They arrived as it was ending May 3 but advanced no closer than the Curtis Culwell Center parking lot. Confronted by security officers, they tried to shoot their way in; a Garland police officer, with SWAT backing, put them down.

That might have been that, except for the lessons that would spill out. It’s unfortunate that so much attention has been paid to these terrorists’ incompetence. The next ones — and there will be more — may well prove more accomplished. And even Simpson and Soofi’s failure emphasizes how difficult these attacks are to stop.

Geller’s group had paid for private security and extra police. It wasn’t an unsuspecting soft target, like a shopping mall, baseball stadium or sports arena. The FBI had an investigative file on Simpson, based on past jihadi suspicions.

So how does this guy — with a partner, assault rifle and body armor — get so close? FBI Director James Comey said the bureau sent a bulletin alerting Garland police, among others, about Simpson before the Geller event. However, the FBI also said it had no reason to believe that Simpson intended to attack or that he had even left home base in Phoenix.

Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates said his department “had no information from the FBI or anyone else that Elton Simpson posed a threat to our event.” Yet Bates did concede that an assistant chief was on the distribution list for the FBI notice but didn’t see it.

So the FBI sent email that a terrorism suspect over in Arizona might have an interest in a Texas event but, as far as anyone knew, wasn’t headed to Texas. And Garland police missed the message. All things considered, several dozen people at the conference were quite fortunate that Garland officers had their range training in.

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FBI Warned Garland Police about Shooter Just 3 Hours Before Violence Unfolded

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned Garland police that one of the two gunmen who would open fire outside a cartoon contest to draw Prophet Muhammad in Texas may be targeting the event just hours before the shooting, The New York Times reports. 

“We developed information just hours before the event that Simpson might be interested in going to Garland,” FBI Director James Comey told reporters.

Comey was referring to Elton Simpson, 30, who opened fire with Nadir Soofi, 34.

The FBI had investigated Simpson in the past and reopened the investigation in March flowing tweets about ISIS.

Even before the warning about Simpson, the FBI notified local officials that the cartoon even may be targeted by terrorists.

Garland Gunman at Muhammad Cartoon Drawing Was Convicted of Lying to FBI in Past

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the two gunmen who opened fire at a contest involving cartoon drawings of the Prophet Muhammad was previously under investigation by the FBI, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In fact, Elton Simpson was convicted of lying to the FBI after prosecutors alleged he planned to join Islamic militant groups in Africa.

According to the FBI, an informant recorded conversations between Simpson and several associates in 2009 about his desire to join Islamic militant groups.

“It’s time to go to Somalia, brother,” he said in one taped conversation with associates, in May 2009, according to the filings. “We gonna make it to the battlefield,” he added. “Its time to roll.”

Both shooters were killed.

Authorities identified the other alleged shooter as Nadir Soofi.

Texas Man Busted for Shining Laser on FBI Plane

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Note to Sammy Ladymon: Find a new hobby.

The 45-year-old Garland, Tex. man was arrested Thursday night after getting caught pointing a laser at an FBI aircraft that was hovering above, NBC DFW reported.

The station reported that the FBI pilot flew over the area in response to complaints from pilots of a bright light.

When an FBI was directed to Ladymon’s home, they found him still pointing the laser at the FBI plane.

The station reported that he faces a misdemeanor charge of illumination of aircraft by intense light.