RCP's Tom Bevan discussed the school shooting at a Florida high school last week and the FBI's failure on Monday's Special Report. He said the FBI didn't just drop the ball in the Parkland shooting, but in other incidences as well. Bevan said the perpetrators of the three mass shootings in Florida in the past 2 years were on some watchlist or came in contact with law enforcement at some point before the massacres.
Later on the panel, Bevan said the FBI failed to follow protocol and there should be consequences.
"The FBI can do a lot of internal investigation and perhaps come up with some ways of doing things better in the future to try to prevent these things from happening because they keep happening," Bevan said.
TOM BEVAN, REALCLEARPOLITICS: The problem is with these incidences, we always see in hindsight what we should've seen in foresight. An interesting fact, John, the last three mass shootings in Florida, Omar Mateen, Pulse nightclub, June 2016, Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, in January 2017, and this one.
All three perpetrators were on the radar of the FBI. In fact, the one who shot up the Fort Lauderdale airport went into the FBI office and said that he was being mind controlled by the CIA, said these crazy things and still managed to get a gun, go down there and do this. So the FBI, I think, really did drop the ball not just in this incident but others and that's part of the problem. We have the dots. They're all there but we are just not able to connect them.
Certainly, the people who fielded that information failed to pass it on as was part of FBI protocol, they did not follow FBI protocol. There should be consequences.
Look, I think the FBI should undertake a broader investigation about the cases that I mentioned and others. Why they're not able to connect the dots. When they have people who have all these red flags and warning signs. Omar Mateen was on a terrorist watch list for two years. They interviewed, closed the case, took him off there and he managed to commit the crime. So the FBI can do a lot of internal investigation and perhaps come up with some ways of doing things better in the future to try to prevent these things from happening because they keep happening.