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Remain Calm! Loretta Lynch, the FBI, and DHS Are Watching Our Backs!

From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:

As Instapundit Likes to Say, ‘We’re In the Very Best of Hands.’

The rumor that Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, had disappeared broke Friday, but it seemed too preposterous to believe. Come on, how could the Federal Bureau of Investigation let a potential accomplice in the worst terrorist attack in American soil since 9/11 just walk out the door with no surveillance? Unthinkable, right? Apparently not:

Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted today that the FBI is unaware of the whereabouts of Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman.

Salman has indicated she suspected Mateen was about to commit a terrorist attack, and even accompanied him to buy the weaponry he used to carry out the massacre. She insists, however, that as he left she tried to hold onto his arm so he wouldn’t leave. 

If the FBI believes she was aware of the impending attack, she could be prosecuted. 

“Has the shooter’s wife left the state of Florida?” a reporter asked Lynch during her press conference Tuesday.

“Right now, I don’t know exactly the answer to that,” Lynch candidly replied. ”I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now.”

Wait, it gets better. Yesterday Lynch said, “I cannot tell you definitively that we will ever narrow it down to one motivation. People often act out of more than one motivation. This was clearly an act of terror and an act of hate. So we will look at all motivations, and hopefully come to a conclusion there.”

What, is her theory that the pledge of loyalty to ISIS was just a cover story for his anti-gay views?

Orlando Police Dispatcher (OD): Emergency 911, this is being recorded.

Shooter (OM): In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]

OD: What?

OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.

OD: What’s your name?

OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State..

OD: Ok, What’s your name?

OM: I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.

OD: Alright, where are you at?

OM: In Orlando.

OD: Where in Orlando?

[End of call.]

Apparently everyone in Florida reported Mateen to the FBI at some point.

Mohammad Malik says he warned the FBI about nightclub shooter Omar Mateen two years ago…

Shortly after Abu-Salha launched his attack in May 2014, Malik heard Mateen talk about al-Awlaki’s videos. Malik says he then called the FBI.

“He told me they were very powerful,” he recalled. “That raised the red flag even higher for me.”

But don’t worry, at least one Homeland Security employee is locked and loaded and… wait, ready to launch his own attack?

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether a Department of Homeland Security employee with top-secret clearance was planning an attack at the agency’s Washington headquarters when he entered the building with a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs.

Jonathan Wienke, and analyst in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, allegedly carried the weapons into the building on the morning of June 9. Court documents filed by the federal government state that investigators have probable cause to believe Wienke “was conspiring with another to commit workplace violence, and more particularly may have been conspiring or planning to commit violence against senior DHS officials in the building.”

Relax, everyone! The employee has been released and placed on administrative leave!

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