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