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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi and Matt Gaetz Call On FBI To Clarify Its Capabilities For Tracking Mass Violence Threats In Wake Of Parkland Shooting

March 7, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) today called on the FBI to provide a comprehensive summary of the powers and jurisdiction that allow it to monitor social media for warning signs that individuals are planning mass violence as well as the privacy and due process safeguards that exist.

The text of Congressmen Krishnamoorthi and Gaetz’s letter follows and the signed letter is viewable here.

March 7, 2018

 

Christopher A. Wray

Director

Federal Bureau of Investigation

935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20535

 

Dear Director Wray,

On March 6, we received a briefing from FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich on the FBI’s policies and procedures regarding their tip line and how tips about the Parkland shooter were not followed up on. It is clear that several signs were missed that could have prevented this tragedy.

In order to prevent future mass shootings, we are requesting a comprehensive summary of the powers and jurisdiction that allow the FBI to monitor social media for warning signs that an individual is planning an act of mass violence. We also respectfully request that you provide us with the processes that exist to safeguard individual privacy and ensure due process is followed.

Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter, and we look forward to your reply.

 

Sincerely,

Raja Krishnamoorthi                  Matt Gaetz

Member of Congress              Member of Congress