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Commentary: The Unaccountable FBI is the Problem

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By Dr. Tom Borelli originally posted at Conservative Review.

It happened again in Florida.

The failure of high school officials, local police and the FBI to act on reports of a deeply disturbed teen cost another young life. In the early morning of March 12, a 13-year-old boy was stabbed to death while he slept.

Seventeen-year-old Corey Johnson of Jupiter, Florida, was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder for killing Jovanni Brand and for stabbing Elaine Simon and her son Dane in their Palm Beach Gardens home.

According to police, Johnson said he killed Brand because of his Muslim faith. Johnson converted to Islam and was radicalized by watching ISIS videos online.

Similar to the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, Johnson was on the radar at his school, with local police, and with the FBI for suspicious behavior. The FBI had planned to arrest Johnson but failed to act in time to save Brand.

The stabbing illustrates that the nationwide push for gun control is putting children at greater risk because the media and lawmakers are focused on the wrong issue.

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, the left-wing propaganda complex — Democrat politicians, the left-wing media and activists — drove the anti-gun narrative, making Florida and the nation focus on gun control and the NRA. Under media- and activist-generated pressure, Florida lawmakers panicked and passed a new gun control law.

The feel-good gun law does not solve the problem, because guns and the NRA were not responsible for the Parkland shooting.

A mentally deranged young man was the culprit. Watchdog institutions failed to protect students. But the anti-gun frenzy ignited by the left-wing propaganda complex distracted the public’s attention from the root cause of the high school shooting. And the inability to identify and address the real sources of the Parkland shooting resulted in another atrocious killing committed by another disturbed teen.

If law enforcement felt the public pressure it deserved after failing to apprehend Cruz, it is conceivable that Johnson could have been arrested before the stabbings.

Having dropped the ball with Cruz, it’s unimaginable that schools, local police, and the FBI were not urgently combing their files, searching for teens with records of threatening behavior, to flag immediate action. Yet the unimaginable incompetence of law enforcement, led by the FBI, resulted in another unimaginable murder.

Similar to Cruz, Johnson had a long record of disturbing behavior, ranging from harassing a female middle school student on social media to anti-gay and anti-Semitic comments, prompting an investigation by Palm Beach County school police. Johnson’s sister also told school officials about her brother’s interest in white supremacy and his violent nature.

In late 2016, Johnson sparked an international incident when he made threats on Instagram against McAuley Catholic High School in England. Johnson posted, “We have our sights set on you, and by Allah we will kill every single infidel student at this school #McAuleySchoolMassacre.” In early 2017, there was a meeting at Johnson’s high school in which school authorities, local law enforcement and the FBI discussed his online activity and his possible interest in joining ISIS.

The FBI chose not to pursue legal action but instead “believed a redirection approach would be the most beneficial regarding his conduct.”

According to the Palm Beach Post, on February 22, the assistant U.S. attorney decided that Johnson could be arrested after getting information from British authorities and meeting with Jupiter police and the FBI. But with no sense of urgency, law enforcement sat on their hands, allowing Johnson the freedom to allegedly stab and cut the throat of a sleeping teen on his birthday.

In an alternate world, just imagine the positive impact if students and lawmakers around the country were protesting the local police departments and FBI for abject failure. The immense pressure would push law enforcement to act on all looming threats.

Our nation and children are less safe because Democrats, the liberal media, and activists put politics and their anti-gun agenda before the truth.

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @tomborelli.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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