The FBI tried to lure Omar Mateen into a terror plot after he was reported to a Florida sheriff's office in 2013 for making threats against a deputy that included pro-terrorist comments while working as courthouse security. St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said that after it was notified about Mateen by his office, the FBI tried to "lure Omar into some kind of act and Omar did not bite." It later concluded he was not a threat and closed the investigation. Mascare said that while working at the courthouse, the deputy said something about the Middle East to Mateen and he "became very agitated and made a comment that he could have al-Qaida kill my employee and his family."
Greg Grandin, The Nation: Yesterday Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter honored Henry A. Kissinger at the Pentagon by presenting the former secretary of state with the Distinguished Public Service Award, apparently the highest award the Department of Defense has for private citizens. Carter himself deserves an award for understatement, calling the man who is responsible, directly or indirectly, for the deaths of millions of people in Southeast Asia, East Timor, Bangladesh, and southern Africa, among other places -- "unique in the annals of American diplomacy." read more