Mateen’s employment with G4S is especially troubling,
Omar Mateen, the noted ISIS terrorist who committed the most severe mass shooting in U.S. history, was an employee for the past 9 years for G4S, which brags of being “the leading global integrated security company.” The 29-year-old Mateen (shown), who had been investigated by the FBI on at least 2 instances because of suspected ties to the al-Qaeda and Al Nusra Front terrorist organizations, killed 49 and wounded dozens more in an assault on a homosexual night club in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Mateen’s employment with G4S is particularly scary, mainly in light of the recent exposure of the company’s participation in the Department of Homeland Security’s catch-and-release program for third-country “OTM” (Other Than Mexican) illegal aliens caught crossing our southern border. As Raven Clabough noted for The New American on June 6, an investigation by Judicial Watch uncovered the Obama administration and DHS breaking our immigration laws by transporting illegal aliens from the Mexican border and delivering them to Phoenix without even handling their paperwork, keeping track of their locations, or demanding them to make a court appearances. G4S, the London-based global conglomerate, was retained by DHS to transport these OTMs – some of whom might be terrorists – from the border to their designated release points.
As outlined by the Judicial Watch report, “A security company contracted by the U.S. government is driving the OTMs from the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector where they were in custody to Phoenix.” Judicial Watch went on: “The firm is called G4S and claims to be the world’s leading security solutions group with operations in more than 100 countries and 610,000 employees.”
Reported by a G4S corporate news release, Omar Mateen “was subject to detailed company screening when he was recruited in 2007,” and again in 2013. The company published a statement to the media on Sunday, which states:
G4S is deeply shocked by the tragic events in Orlando this weekend and the thoughts of everyone at G4S are with the victims and their families.
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.
Who might be G4S?
As outlined by the G4S corporate “Who We Are” Web site, “G4S is the leading global integrated security company specialising in the provision of security products, services and solutions.”
The company’s profile goes on:
The group is active in more than 110 countries, and is the largest employer quoted on the London Stock Exchange with over 623,000 employees and has a secondary stock exchange listing in Copenhagen.
We specialize in outsourced business processes and facilities in sectors where security and safety risks are considered a strategic threat.
“From risk assessment to delivery, we work in partnership with governments, businesses and other organisations to provide integrated solutions to security challenges,” G4S says, noting that it offers protection to rock stars, sports stars, stadiums, arenas, banks, ATMs, retailers, in addition to prison and parole management – and a great deal more.
In light of the recent Judicial Watch coverage of the G4S role in Obama’s catch-and-release policy, the subsequent claim on the company’s website is specifically significant: “From ensuring travellers have a safe and pleasant experience in ports and airports around the world to secure detention and escorting of people who are not lawfully entitled to remain in a country; In more ways than you might realise, G4S is securing your world.”
“Securing your world”? Even prior to the Orlando terror attack and the DHS catch-and-release scandal, G4S was experiencing significant credibility issues. The company’s grand mishandling of the 2012 Summer Olympics in England (G4S was the official “security services provider”) had become a unbelievable disaster, triggering CEO Nick Buckles to resign. Then, there were many other corruption and brutality charges. Nonetheless, the mega-corporate private police force has created tentacle-like oligarchic relationships with governments and global companies that reach around the world, and has featured such gold-plated institutional investors as Blackrock, Invesco, Mondrian Investment, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (On the other hand, the Gates Foundation marketed its shares in the company in 2014, in reaction to a campaign alleging human rights abuses by G4S prison guards.)
Where Was the FBI in All of This?
In a press report released Monday, FBI Director James B. Comey stated that “the FBI is working non-stop to understand what led a man to commit a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured.”
As outlined by the FBI media release:
Director Comey also described the FBI’s prior contacts with the killer, beginning in May 2013. The FBI opened an investigation when the shooter, then working as a contract security guard, made some inflammatory comments to co-workers and claimed a family connection to Al Qaeda. The shooter was interviewed twice during the preliminary investigation, where he admitted making the statements but said he had done so in anger at his co-workers, who he believed were discriminating against him. The case was closed after 10 months.
Two months later, the shooter’s name surfaced as a casual acquaintance of the Florida man who blew himself up in Syria for the terrorist group al Nusra Front. “Our investigation turned up no ties of any consequence between the two of them,” Comey said. “We will continue to look forward in this investigation, and backward. We will leave no stone unturned.”
Comey said the Bureau is reviewing those cases to see if anything was missed. “We’re also going to look hard at our own work to see whether there is something we should have done differently. So far, the honest answer is: I don’t think so. I don’t see anything in reviewing our own work that our agents should have done differently.
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