As we first reported yesterday, one of the big surprises to emerge from the background of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, was that he was an employee of UK's G4S, the world's largest security company (by revenue), whose corporate logo is "security your world." As we further reporter, a curious observation here is that according to Judicial Watch, the very same G4S had been the company contracted by the US Department of Homeland Security to transport "Other than Mexican" illegal immigrants away from the Mexican border, onward to Phoenix where in many cases they would be released without proper processing or the issuance of court appearance documents.
While G4S's role in facilitating illegal immigration - with the encouragement of the US government - is yet to be probed, overnight G4S released a statement according to which the gunman "was subject to detailed company screening when he was recruited in 2007 and re-screened in 2013 with no adverse findings." This explains why despite his various encounters with the FBI, and potentially with US jihadists, such as the first US-born Syrian suicide bomber, he managed to buy weapons just last week, prompting many to wonder just how ineffective the US gun purchasing background check system may be.
Here is the full statement from G4S:
Omar Mateen was employed by G4S at a residential community in South Florida and was off-duty at the time of the incident. Mateen was subject to detailed company screening when he was recruited in 2007 and re-screened in 2013 with no adverse findings. He was also subject to checks by a U.S. law enforcement agency with no findings reported to G4S.
G4S is providing its full support to all law enforcement authorities in the USA as they conduct their investigations.
Meanwhile, a skeptical market has pushed the stock of G4S plc down 5.5% in UK trading, perhaps anticipating a firestorm of Congressional hearings in which the company will be forced to explain just how this could happen.