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Tag: Prophet Muhammad

Garland Police Say They Never Received FBI Warning of Threat

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the biggest criticisms of federal law enforcement in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, was the lack of communication that could have helped authorities foil the attack.

But the communication lapses continue, most recently when police in Garland, Texas, never received an FBI bulletin that specifically warned of one of two men who would open fire at a contest to draw Prophet Muhammad, which is offensive to many Muslims.

According to Garland Police Chief Mitch Gates, local authorities had no idea the FBI warned of the two men and even posted a photo of one of the shooters and the license plate number, Fort Worth Business Press reports. 

Bates said that officials not only didn’t receive the bulletin in time, but it wasn’t specific enough to call attention to it.

The bulletin warned that one of the attackers, Elton Simpson, “might be interested in going to Garland,” “We had no information from the FBI or anyone else that Simpson posed a threat to our event,” Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates, said.

UPDATE: Video Shows White Man in 40s Suspiciously Walking Away from Area of NY Car Bomb

Law enforcement officials hold press conference/fbi photo

Law enforcement officials hold press conference/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

New York law enforcement investigators on Sunday were looking at a surveillance tape that showed a white man in his 40s who appeared to be walking away from the area where a car bomb was placed Saturday evening in Times Square, looking over his shoulder and removing a layer of clothing, the New York Times reported.

The Times also reported that there was no evidence  supporting a claim by a by a Pakistani Taliban group that it was responsible for the car bomb. The group has a reputation for making such false claims, the Times reported.

On Sunday, the FBI office in New York issued a press release stating:

“FBI and NYPD investigators are aware of the various reports of claims for placing the car and device in Times Square. As we’ve seen previously, it is not uncommon after any similar event for claims of responsibility to be made—and those claims will be investigated. Knowingly providing false information can be a crime.

“Since the beginning of the investigation, there have been numerous reports in the public domain, many of which will eventually be determined to be inaccurate.”

The New York Daily News reported that investigators were also looking into the possibility of a link to threats made to Comedy Central after an Islamic group expressed anger about a South Park cartoon that mocked Islamic Prophet Muhammad, portraying him as a mascot bear.