FBI bungled Ft. Lauderdale shooter

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Ain’t Hollywood proud!

Woo-hoo, Meryl Streep lambasted President-elect Donald Trump at the Golden Globe — basically a show that is supposed to honor the best in entertainment was used as a political podium for the Hollywood elite to insult the president.

Yes the Hollywood elite — which accuses Donald Trump of being a bully — is the same institution that doesn’t let newcomers into the fold if they don’t share the same agenda. Yes, the Hollywood bullies are calling the kettle black. But enough of Meryl and her gang of bullies.

Let me get to the fact that the FBI dropped the ball yet again. After all these fumbles, the FBI should change its name from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the Forever Bunch of Idiots. The latest misstep has generated the death of five innocent people at the Ft. Lauderdale airport.

Now maybe Esteban Santiago isn’t an agent for ISIS or Al-Qaeda — and maybe he isn’t even a jihadist terrorist — but he did have a history of erratic behavior and he was complaining of hearing voices. And although he was investigated several times, he was let go, allowed to keep a weapon, and no one thought at the bureau that this person should be on a watch list. Wow.

What did the FBI need to consider him credible? An engraved invitation with a time, place, and an RSVP?

Why was this man allowed to roam free? He obviously needed psychiatric help. He obviously had issues. He was a time bomb just waiting to go off, and the system failed again — not only in failing to help Santiago, but also in preventing the deaths of innocent victims.

How many more times does the bureau need to bungle in the jungle before there is one big shake-up where procedure is re-evaluated and drastic changes are made?

It does not take years of education, degrees up the creek, or an omen from the Oracle of Delphi for someone — anyone — to say:

“Hey this person is not right, we need to prevent him from causing harm to others and himself. Let’s hold him and find a place that will provide psychiatric help. Let’s not allow him to have a gun, and for God’s sake, let us put him on a watch list. Even if he isn’t a home grown terrorist, he has issues that need to be addressed ASAP.”

Look, even Spiderman would have had his spidey senses tingling at this one.

This is what any normal investigation should have determined. But instead, the brain trust at the bureau said, “Hey his threat isn’t credible— let’s let him go. Give him his gun — we don’t need to post any warnings. He isn’t our problem. Next.”

Not for nuthin™, but the agents at the bureau need to check their spidey senses and take a refresher course. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then in all probability, it is a duck.

Follow me on Twitter @JDelBuono.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues every Wednesday on E-mail her at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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