What We’re Not Being Told About The First ISIS Terror Plot On U.S. Soil

By Carey Wedler

Garland, TX — As ISIS continues to terrify much of the American populace, a recent investigation by CBS’ 60 Minutes discovered that an undercover FBI agent was involved in an attempted shooting in Garland, Texas, in 2015. That attack, the news outlet reports, was the first major ISIS-linked terror plot to unfold in the United States, but there appears to be much more to the story than was initially reported.

In 2014, two American citizens, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, attempted to open fire on a protest against Islam in Garland. The event, hosted by controversial right-wing, anti-Muslim pundit Pamela Geller, invited attendees to draw the prophet Mohammed, an action considered blasphemy in the Islamic faith.

After opening fire with assault rifles — and before they were able to kill any protesters — both perpetrators, who had declared loyalty to ISIS on Twitter prior to their attempted attack, were stopped by a SWAT team and local police officer Greg Stevens. The SWAT team killed both attackers at the scene, but 60 Minutes recently unearthed several disturbing facts of the case.

As 60 Minutes explained:

In looking into what happened in Garland, we were surprised to discover just how close the FBI was to one of the terrorists. Not only had the FBI been monitoring him for years, there was an undercover agent right behind him when the first shots were fired.

The FBI had been monitoring Simpson, 34, a Chicago native, after he converted to Islam and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he became an active member of the  Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. 60 Minutes interviewed the organization’s president, Usama Shami, who said Simpson was a “well-liked and soft-spoken” member of the community.

Nevertheless, as he began gravitating toward radical Islam, an FBI informant within the mosque began a relationship with him. According to 60 Minutes:

Dabla Deng spent three years pretending to be Simpson’s friend, and was paid $132,000 by the FBI. He taped more than 1,500 hours of their conversations and finally recorded him talking about traveling overseas to wage jihad. Simpson lied to the FBI about it and got three years probation.

Shami says Simpson became further radicalized when he learned the agency had been surveilling him and that Deng’s friendship was insincere:

“When he found out that this guy was spying on him, and taping him and then finding out that the government was doing that, I think something clicked in him. And the mosque, we couldn’t do anything. Because we don’t know what he did,” Shami told 60 Minutes.

Simpson grew alienated from the mosque, eventually moving into an apartment with Soofi. The two became drawn to ISIS during this time, “closely following the rise of ISIS, reaching out to their supporters online, and acquiring weapons for a terrorist attack.”

According to counterterrorism expert Seamus Hughes, they also began communicating with Mohammed Miski, an American ISIS recruiter in Somalia. Hughes “tracks the online activities of ISIS sympathizers in the U.S.” and has also worked at the National Counterterrorism Center.  He currently serves as the deputy director of George Washington University’s “Program On Extremism” and trains FBI agents to recognize homegrown jihadi movements.

Hughes says the two men also began speaking with Junaid Hussain, an “ISIS rock star” of British origin who was later killed by a drone strike in Iraq. Clearly, the two men were radicalized. But as 60 Minutes reports:

The FBI closed the case on Elton Simpson in 2014, only to re-open it several weeks before the attack because of statements he made on social media.

While this lapse in scrutiny could easily be chalked up to incompetence within the FBI, Hughes notes the difficulty of tracking potentially dangerous individuals. “It speaks to a larger problem the FBI has, which is you have an individual who pops into your radar in 2006, but doesn’t commit an attack until 2015,” he said. “So do you want the FBI to watch this individual for nine years?”

Regardless, after the attack, the FBI began investigating Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, a Muslim convert who grew up in Philadelphia. The FBI believed he funded and encouraged the Garland attack and helped train Simpson and Soofi.

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Though Kareem denied these charges, witnesses at his trial indicated otherwise, and he was sentenced to thirty years in prison. But his attorney, Dan Maynard, kept digging. As Maynard told 60 Minutes:

After the trial we found out that they had had an undercover agent who had been texting with Simpson, less than three weeks before the attack, to him ‘Tear up Texas.’ Which to me was an encouragement to Simpson.

Maynard was referencing an undercover agent posing as a radical. 60 Minutes explained:

The government sent attorney Dan Maynard 60 pages of declassified encrypted messages between the agent and Elton Simpson – and argued ‘Tear up Texas’ was not an incitement. But Simpson’s response was incriminating, referring to the attack against cartoonists at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo: ‘bro, you don’t have to say that…’ He wrote ‘you know what happened in Paris… so that goes without saying. No need to be direct.’

That agent also traveled to Garland and was present as the attack unfolded. “In an affidavit filed in another case,” 60 Minutes notes, “the government disclosed that the FBI undercover agent had actually ‘traveled to Garland, Texas, and was present… at the event.’”

“I was shocked. I mean I was shocked that the government hadn’t turned this over. I wanted to know when did he get there, why was he there?” Maynard said.

As it turned out, the agent was in a car directly behind Simpson and Soofi when they started shooting and had taken a photo of Officer Greg Stevens and security guard Bruce Joiner before the two extremists started shooting. Rather than attempting to stop the attack, he fled the scene.

Maynard says that given the opportunity, he would ask the agent several questions:

Are these the only communications that you had with Simpson? Did you have more communications with Simpson? How is it that you ended up coming to Garland, Texas? Why are you even there?

So far, the FBI has declined requests for comment, simply issuing a statement claiming they had no prior knowledge of the attack before it happened.

Maynard believes the story would be much more high-profile had people actually died in the attack. But the series of events remains suspicious.

“I can’t tell you whether the FBI knew the attack was gonna occur. I don’t like to think that they let it occur,” Maynard cautioned. “But it is shocking to me that an undercover agent sees fellas jumping out of a car and he drives on. I find that shocking.”

The agent was eventually stopped at gunpoint by local police as he was fleeing Garland. His identity remains anonymous.

It is currently impossible to know whether the agent acted on his own or was following orders from higher-ups when he arguably incited Simpson and Soofi. It is publicly known that the FBI helps plot terror attacks by putting informants in contact with often unstable individuals prone to extremism. They encourage these individuals to wage attacks, however, they tend to foil the plots before they actually unfold.

In this case, the undercover agent did no such thing, leaving Stevens, Joiner, and a SWAT team to halt the two men before they could kill anyone — and leaving many questions as to what actually occurred.

As Maynard observed, “He didn’t try to stop ‘em. Or he didn’t do something. I mean, he’s an agent, for gosh sakes.”

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10 Comments on "What We’re Not Being Told About The First ISIS Terror Plot On U.S. Soil"

  1. They were “drawn to ISIS” because they actually believed the US propaganda that ISIS is an enemy of the US. While the CIA and other alphabet agencies push the psyop, they know vulnerable or unstable citizens will fall for the propaganda to the point they will want to join ISIS or commit other crimes. For the rest of us non-violent citizens, we either believe the same propaganda, which leads to reduced resistance to wars in the Middle East, or the smart ones recognize it’s a psyop and don’t fall for it.

  2. Chuck Morrison | April 1, 2017 at 9:40 am | Reply

    Islam needs to be declared a terrorist, totalitarian political system, denying it any religious protections or a right to exist, then all adherents can be deported to the Muslim country of their choice that is willing to accept them. Then, we withdraw all troops, and close all foreign bases, and quit doing business with people that deserve to be hated and repudiated, like the Muslims and the Khazarian Mafia. Also, only citizens of the US should be allowed to own property here, and that includes ‘dual citizens’, which should also not be allowed to hold any government job, or hold any elected office. I would call this a good start.

    • most of the people murdered in the world are muslims and most of the murderers are white christians…all of the terrorist groups in the middle east are mercenary groups created, funded and controlled by western christian countries

      • Yvonne Forsman | April 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm | Reply

        And by western Christian country you mean Saudi Arabia, right?

        • He or she is full of it, either a lying Muslim or an ignorant Liberal, Christians are becoming extinct in Muslim countries. Muslims have been continually committing atrocities on innocent men, women and even children for almost 1400 years. Islam is a Fascist Political Ideology whose adherent’s goal is to force their sickness on the whole world.

          • There are 1,000,000 men, women and children who are dead in Iraq as a direct result of US actions.

            This is the greatest crime against humanity of the 21st century

            To talk of Muslim “atrocities” in light of the above is a sad pathetic joke.

      • Chuck Morrison | April 1, 2017 at 3:12 pm | Reply

        I’m saying we should leave, close foreign bases, bring troops home, and send the Muslims home to live their sharia lives in their own countries. We never should have been there in the first place. And I dispute that ‘most’ of these ‘murderers’ are ‘white Christians’. They are mostly bought and paid for mercenaries whose god is their own belly, owned by the globalist bankers. I would give peace a chance by seeing people go home, and everyone respecting everyone else’s borders, but there are some who think it is now the right of violent muslims to move into every country on the planet, get their revenge by killing all ‘infidels’, and turning the planet into a global caliphate. If that’s what you would like, say so; but if uncontrolled immigration without assimilation continues, there will be a bloodbath, and tens of millions more will die.

      • B.S from a lying Muslim!!!

  3. michael lawless | April 3, 2017 at 6:40 am | Reply

    hasnt anyone realized the FBI always knows the players in these and all false flag FBI instigated attacks
    dont forget all the muzzie infiltrators located within our so called government ie brennen obozo etc
    FBI has become a just a another useless alphabet agency looking out for the interest of anyone but Americans citizens

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