"There Was A Mistake Made" - FBI's No. 2 Refuses To Provide Details On How Cruz Tips Were Fumbled

After admitting last week that "protocol was not followed" when at least two individuals called the FBI's anonymous tip line to warn that Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected of murdering 17 of his former classmates, the No. 2 FBI official said Thursday that he had visited the FBI's call center this week as part of his review of why the tip wasn't followed.

He also addressed, in the most detail yet, the mounting criticisms facing the bureau, according to the Washington Post.

The remarks followed NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch's assertion that the FBI was primarily to blame for not preventing the shooting.

Shortly before Bowdich spoke Thursday, NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre, who was speaking at the same event, said the FBI's leaders had gone "rogue."


Acting deputy director David Bowdich said he believes the biggest threat to the FBI is "losing the faith of the American people"

"Look, I don’t want to get into who says what, but I do want to project out to the public, is when I look through the prism of risk for our organization, I find the number one risk for our organization is losing the faith and confidence of the American people. Number one," Bowdich said when asked about the criticism from the NRA and others.

FBI Director Christopher Wray - who was appointed by Trump - has come under fire, with several prominent Republicans, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, calling for him to resign. President Trump has said the bureau’s handling of the matter was “not acceptable.”

Still, while Bowdich provided some details about his visit to the FBI call center, he offered no new insight into why or how the tip wasn't followed up on. The FBI is actively investigating why the tip wasn't passed on to its Miami field office.

Bowdich said Thursday that he had visited the call center Monday with a team and sat in on some calls. He called the center “a professional operation” but added: “Now let me be clear that there was a mistake made. We know that. But it is our job to make sure that we do everything in our power to ensure that does not happen again.”

Bowdich did not directly address a question about why the tip on Cruz was not passed to agents in the field, though he hinted that those in the call center might have made a judgment error.

"People make judgments out on the streets every day. Every now and then, those judgments may not have been the best judgment based on the information they had at the time," Bowdich said.

Last year, the FBI received about 765,000 calls, in addition to about 750,000 Internet tips, and 9 out of 10 did not produce leads that could be followed. He said the bureau was going back through its "holdings"  to make sure there aren't any other similar tips that have slipped through the cracks.

Wray has held on so far, and speculation is mounting that he might stay on to supervise the internal probe into why, exactly, these tips weren't followed up on.


TrajanOptimus pier Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:30 Permalink

"Acting deputy director David Bowdich said he believes the biggest threat to the FBI is "losing the faith of the American people" "

Ummm Hate to break it to you, we lost faith in your retarded corrupt agency LONG AGO.

The FBI is a fucking joke full of political hacks and rampant with corruption.

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3LockBox Billy the Poet Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:51 Permalink

"I find the number one risk for our organization is losing the faith and confidence of the American people."

What a total crock of shit!

They feel like they ARE THE LAW and know what is best for them.....errrrr....I mean us. No really and truly they care about us.

Changing 302's, nullifying the Presidential election and the will of the people, covering for their criminal CFR buddies and standing down in false flag ops is all in a day's work.

Shoot I bet if you dig hard enough these daily actions are in their training manual.

Time to dismantle this cesspool.

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A Sentinel Manthong Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:34 Permalink

Isn’t this a perfect example of where cogdis would say that we see in this a case of normalcy bias maintained by cognitive dissonance.?

If we consider that FOUR deputies watched as this unfolded, that TWO tips came in ... something might be off.

What COULD be is completely outside of normal experience. It flies in the face of expectations to consider that the FBI and a sheriff’s office would have coordinated to allow the event to unfold with minimal interference, achieving maximum damage. That they did this not merely for the purpose of advancing gun grabbers but in anticipation of a full authoritarian clamp-down.

That would be pretty shocking, right? 

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bigkahuna 3LockBox Fri, 02/23/2018 - 22:17 Permalink

The fbi way of interviewing people and not recording it is a total breach of the rights of whom they are interviewing.

A judge will accept the "302" as evidence of the interviewee's statement - but how in the HECK does that hold up in a court? Thats total bullshit. I would not say a word to those assholes ever.

I never had a problem with the fbi until now. Even the Oklahoma bombing, Ruby Ridge, Waco, Nine Eleven were things that I thought were done at levels above those dirtbags. Now I see them all as a bunch of thugs just like the mafia - they will fuck over and fuck up anything in their way.

I have always been on the right side of the law - mostly because I feel it is right, also because it is a form of me respecting my fellow citizens - but lastly because I want NO entanglements with any law enforcement agency. I do not even want to be perceived as doing something illegal.

The fbi were supposed to be better than the regular law enforcement. I now believe they are just as corrupt. Who in the hell is the overseer of the fbi? Is it me? If it is me than this entire organization needs to be shut down because it is a disgrace.

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StarGate Billy the Poet Sat, 02/24/2018 - 08:44 Permalink

The tip caller could have been talking to a machine. No serious questions were asked by the FBI staff. Obviously the FBI needs training and protocol.

FBI did not ask what relationship the caller had to Cruz. Did not ask the name the man Cruz was living with. Did not ask what school Cruz had been dismissed from. The FBI staff showed no interest in the further info that the caller indicated he had.

Troubled teen, kicked out of school, physically attacks others, dresses up like ISIS, cuts up animals, collects arsenal of knives and guns, brags he wants to shoot up school.

The press need to ask what was the FBI protocol that was supposed to be used when these calls come in, then what wasn’t followed. Why not?

Though based upon the Broward County sheriff deputies lack of response during the event, it does not seem much would have been done if the FBI passed the data on to Florida.


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andrewp111 SWRichmond Sat, 02/24/2018 - 08:24 Permalink

Mass Casualty attacks are good for gun control - which all cops want. Gun control would make their lives and jobs a whole lot easier.

And very few cops will just charge into a building with an active shooter. They don't want to die. Hero cops don't live long enough to collect a pension, and collecting that fat pension is the name of the game.

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Abaco andrewp111 Sat, 02/24/2018 - 10:10 Permalink

Nice of you to unthinkingly and irrationally just barf up a meme. "Very few cops will just charge into a building with an active shooter." The big headline is that there were for Broward cowards who quivered behind their cars. Most of the cops coming to the scene ran right in. Your statement is false and you are a dumb ass.  The way cops are used is worthy of criticism.  The way bad cops are protected is worthy of criticism. That doesn't justify ignoring the bravery and courage shown by the cops who showed up, gunned up, and ran into the danger.

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ZeroSpam pier Tue, 03/13/2018 - 22:21 Permalink

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Prosource pier Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:41 Permalink

Any awake citizen of the US last faith in the FBI long long ago..

FBI did Waco. FBI did Sandy Hoax. FBI did Orlando hoax. FBI did Oklahoma City. FBI did Boston smoke bombing hoax.  FBI did Ruby Ridge.  FBI killed Clive Bundy. FBI did San Bernardino hoax and assassinations.  FBI runs child pedo rings per Ted Gunderson.  And on and on.   

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Secret Weapon pier Sat, 02/24/2018 - 06:14 Permalink

Seems to me that having the "faith" of the American people is the wrong thing to be worried about.  Then again, if they want us to be an unthinking cult of FBI lovers then it is the right word.  I would have preferred to hear him say that the loss of "trust" is the biggest threat to the FBI.  Trust is earned by actions while faith can be earned by deception.  A curious choice of words. 

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Meat Hammer Oldwood Fri, 02/23/2018 - 21:34 Permalink

Indeed. Well said.

I used to be friends with this idiot who worked for the state. He once told me that on the last day of their fiscal year he authorized the purchase of $300,000 worth of computers that they didn’t need. His reason: if we don’t spend the money we won’t get it next year. When I told him that was completely ridiculous, he replied that I just didn’t understand how it worked...in a rather smug statist authoritarian tone.

They are rewarded for their incompetence and then look down their noses at us. It’s the government way.

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yellowsub Meat Hammer Fri, 02/23/2018 - 23:30 Permalink

I've worked in a few large enterprise and they work the same way.  Use it or lose it next year.  

The mgmt creates a bigger budget proposal and after the expected cuts they are left with a budget for the work that they would have submitted but didn't want cut out.  Sometimes, you're surprised they approve of projects you didn't actually think they would.

Yup, they don't build any incentives for saving the money.


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