#Anonymous Activist Warned Garland Police Days Before #ISIS Attack

Posted: May 7, 2015 in Politics

On May 4th Elton Simpson, 30, and his roommate Nadir Soofi, 34, opened fire on an unarmed security guard outside of a controversial Prophet Muhammad drawing the contest. Two days prior to that, a woman living outside of the US, connected to Anonymous, sent a message to the official Garland Police Department Twitter account warning of a potential Islamic State attack.

Apparently the message never raised any red flags or was forwarded on by police.

“That is the first time I’ve heard that,” GPD spokesman Joe Harn said, when informed of the warning, according to The Daily Dot. “We were monitoring things; we had the FBI and ATF, but we didn’t see anything [on Twitter].”

DailyDot speculates that the FBI may have alerted Garland:

That’s still not to say, of course, that the FBI didn’t also see the brazen IS tweets and share intelligence with Garland. For this story, the FBI continued its long standing tradition of not responding to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

Anti-Media goes further and questions why the attack was allowed to occur:

Why, if teams were on the ground and aware of the imminent attack, were these men allowed to open fire before being neutralized by law enforcement?

It would seem that law enforcement allowed the attack to take place, but why would they do this?

One possible explanation is that they allowed this plot to progress to the point of actual gunfire with the intention of creating a media sensation of a terrorist attack. This has been proven in the past to make people more fearful and thus more readily willing to give up civil liberties in the name of safety.

I think Anti-Media may be on to something judging by this tweet:

Update:
Yahoo News says the FBI gave a three hour notice:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned police in Garland, Texas, about three hours before a shooting at an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that a gunman who launched a failed attack was interested in the event, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday.

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