While the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) continued its investigation into the fatal shooting attack at a Parkland, Florida, high school on 14 February 2018, a YouTube user from MS revealed that he had an online brush with someone with the same name as the suspected gunman.
The FBI was alerted to the comment but failed to identify the user, said Robert Lasky, the FBI agent in charge of the Miami division.
"No other information was included with that comment, which would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made the comment".
Since hearing the reports, President Donald Trump tweeted a statement urging people to "always report such instances".
It was the latest attack to raise questions about whether people who once caught the attention of law enforcement should have remained on the FBI's radar. "The FBI conducted database reviews, checks but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment".
A similar decision was reached about Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was the subject of an FBI investigation in 2012 after Russian Federation alerted the U.S. to its suspicions that he had terrorist ties.
"They're going to have to get with YouTube about where the comment originated, but I think they already know", Bennight said.
Federal Bureau of Investigation assessments are routinely opened after agents receive a tip, which could be sparked by something as simple as noticing odd activity in a neighbor's garage or a classmate's comments. That leaves supervisors in the hard position of deciding how many resources should be devoted to each case and for how long. "People leave pretty heinous comments on a pretty regular basis on this channel".
"The FBI has terrorism subjects that they're looking at - they're not all under 24-7 surveillance, and if they prioritize that wrong, yes, something bad can happen", Hosko said. And in Cruz's case - where the comment is a not a specific threat - the answer was probably no, he said. Agents called him to say that there had been an incident and that they wanted to follow up on his earlier complaint. I wish I could've given him more information but it was just a comment on my channel, a generic name - the person's name - and they think it was related so they came out to talk to me. They didn't have a whole lot to go on there, other than a name and a comment.
Bennight said he had little to share with the investigators.
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