December 9, 2015, - 5:51 pm

Famous But Incompetent: FBI Missed This Important Evidence on San Bern Jihadis; Now, It May Be Lost Forever

By Debbie Schlussel



In “investigating” Islamic terrorist mass murderers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the FBI failed to look at what could be the most important piece of evidence. And, now, it may be lost forever. Here’s yet another reason why I (and most agents in other federal law enforcement agencies) refer to the FBI as Famous But Incompetent. And it’s yet another contrast in what Muslims are willing to do and we aren’t.

The FBI failed to spend the necessary time to do something Muslims have done while investigating Americans. And it shows the difference between who they are and who we are. They are relentless. We are at the mall and watching the Kardashian-Jenner-Wests. Even the FBI. The FBI neglected this one thing, and it now may be lost forever.

I’m sure you probably saw some of the news stories on Friday and over the weekend about the press tramping through the Farook/Malik residence after the landlord let them all in. I’m sure you probably also saw that FBI agents “managing” the investigation said they didn’t have a problem with it. The FBI maintained that it took all the necessary evidence from the residence and had turned that crime scene over to the landlord, only when the agents had completely combed through the place and taken everything they needed.

But that’s baloney. Did you see the many video reports from various news outlets? Most of them showed a bin containing shredded documents. How on earth would the FBI know that it got all of the necessary evidence, given that it left behind shredded documents which might contain important information–maybe even the next plots of other ISIS operatives in the area? And how would FBI agents know that the documents were not relevant or important to the investigation of Farook and Malik, if they didn’t even bother to piece the shredded documents back together? The shreds of documents left behind make it clear that there was no such effort. And the only thing we can conclude from this is that the FBI is just lazy. Too lazy to be the lead agency–let alone, involved in–terrorism investigations. But, sadly, part of George W. Bush’s creation of the Department of Homeland Security was to make all terrorism investigations the bailiwick of the FBI and the FBI only. The FBI and the Justice Department, under which the FBI falls, get to decide if other agencies get to be involved and to what extent. Yup, the agency that refuses to piece together shredded documents in the biggest Islamic terrorist massacre on American soil since 9/11.


Contrast this FBI incompetence with the diligence of Shi’ite Muslims in Iran who took over the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979. They were ruthless and didn’t leave a single stone unturned, including the piecing together of hundreds, if not thousands of shredded documents. When U.S. Embassy officials saw that unrest in Tehran got so bad that they’d have to abandon the embassy and try to escape, they spent a good deal of time and effort shredding national security documents before trying to evacuate. You’ve probably seen this in scenes of movies, like “Argo” (read my review), about the siege on the American Embassy by Iranian revolutionaries led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

And you may have seen the scene in “Argo” which accurately depicts what the Iranians did next that the FBI declined to do in the case of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik after they murdered 14 Americans and seriously injured several others. The Iranians revolutionaries tasked people with putting those shredded American documents back together. Yes, that really happened, although not with carpet weavers and child labor (author Lewis Perdue says that he was dismayed to learn from a press photo that the Iranians learned how to piece together shredded documents from one of his books). And, from those many shredded documents, the Iranians were able to uncover for themselves and publicly disclose to enemies of the United States a lot of important national security information: information about operations, methods and tactics, names of agents, and so on. Go to Google Images and look up “Iran shredded American documents,” and you’ll find countless photos of the national security cables and other classified documents the Iranian Muslims put together.

Doing the Work the FBI Won’t Do: Some of the Classified U.S. Documents the Iranians Put Back Together . . .



We’ll never know how many American agents were murdered and how many important operations foiled because secret identities and plans were discovered and exposed by the Iranians who took the time and effort to painstakingly reassemble shredded documents. Many of the documents the Iranians pieced together right away. And several others they spent months and even years reassembling. But the Iranians did the work, and they discovered a lot of important secret information. Years after the hostages were released, Iran was still piecing together shredded American national security documents and publishing at least 60 volumes of books of them, entitled, “Documents From the Espionage Den” published in the name of the ”Students Following the Line of the Imam.” Yes, Muslims are willing to do the work the FBI won’t do. Hell, the FBI couldn’t even expend the three calories it would’ve taken to bend over and bag the shredded docs for later reassembly. What–is this the “backbreaking work” only illegal aliens can do?

Now, those shredded documents are probably lost forever. Why on earth did the FBI leave them behind? Regardless of the reason, we know it’s gross incompetence to abandon evidence like that. It’s probably now lost forever.

If I were one of the reporters whom the landlord let in, I’d probably have snuck the shredded documents out, paid a professional to put them back together, and had my own exclusive story. And if I’d been that landlord who led all the press corps cretins traipse through the dwelling, I’d have charged them for access and sold the shredded documents to the highest bidder. Clearly, he’s not a capitalist.

I note that FBI Los Angeles Assistant Director David Bowdich has done numerous press conferences in the week since the San Bernardino attacks and not a single member of the press has asked him why agents left the shredded docs behind or how they could possibly know that unassembled shredded documents contained no information necessary for a full investigation into how jihadists remained under the radar and were able to murder 14. But I guess we now know how they remained under the radar: the FBI won’t even grab shredded documents now that the jihadists are very much on the radar and left such a bloody trail.

Again FBI = Famous But Incompetent. There’s a bin of shredded documents left unattended in a Redlands, California crime scene to prove it.

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27 Responses

As I mentioned earlier, this should be a homeland security case because we’re paying up the wazoo for a Cabinet-level department that does nothing to keep us safe.

Oh – and 72 of its own employees are on the no-fly list!

America – desperate but not serious about its national security.

NormanF on December 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm

This par for the course for the feds. Remember how they protected the scene in Waco after murdering 84 men WOMEN AND CHILDREN with tanks and automatic weapons? Burn baby burn!

Tommy Thomas on December 9, 2015 at 6:20 pm

I guess we will never know how much of this incompetence was caused by affirmative action.

Little Al on December 9, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    In a nutshell, ALL of it! It started circa 1980 (I personally witnessed this). Incompetents were hired because of lowered standards. Then over the years the incompetents were promoted because of quotas, including top positions. And here we are.

    unholyone on December 10, 2015 at 9:49 am

The media was all over itself on how that landlord could have let in the media after the FBI cleared them. When clearly, the fault was that of the FBI in saying, ‘We have everything we need, nothing else needed here’.

What else was the landlord to do? His tenants are dead, he can’t readily rent out that place, and the FBI has left w/o emptying out that place, as they should have done. So he threw it open. I do hope he got paid for it, so that at least he’ll get some cash before he can rent it out to the next tenant.

The neighbor who was working w/ them was related by marriage but not yet Islamized? What was it – was his wife a cousin/sister of either Syed or Tashfeen? How would that have happened – Muslims view women as tilth, and would never allow a Muslimah to marry an Infidel w/o converting the latter first. Anyway, hope he spends some serious time, and is kept from converting to Islam

Infidel on December 9, 2015 at 7:36 pm

I suspect they did not want to trace those documents. Local mosques and Islamic centers might have been implicated in those documents. Rather, let everyone believe that Farook and Malik were mostly on their own without much in the way of outside connections. We must not let anyone come to the conclusion that there is a wide scale effort in the Muslim community to cause America harm.

Worry on December 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm

From experience I can tell you that intel work is very hard work… if done right. But laziness is nothing new to the FBI or the rest of the Federal Govt. Wasn’t it Ronald Reagen who told us that we should be thankful we don’t get all the government we pay for?

I’ll bet anything that somebody on the team… at least one person… said, “hey, what about these shards?” But once the team lead said “forget it” he surely dropped it… if he had some experience and knew what was good for himself.

As one of my Chiefs of Staff once told me, after I reported misappropriated property and wanted to take the issue to our commanding general: “don’t poke the Bear.” End of story.

Russ on December 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Worry, I tend to agree w/ you. I find it unbelievable that Syed’s parents or brother ain’t in on this. Particularly since the link w/ Martinez is via his brother’s wife’s sister. I think the mosques involved are hiding a lot.

Infidel on December 10, 2015 at 12:06 am

Wrong. Not incompetence. The FBI staff follow orders, just like the military. The FBI is not run by people who are anti-Islamoterrorism, any more than Obama is anti-Islamoterrorism. The FBI PROMOTES their staff members who follow orders and STOP attempts to halt or investigate Islamoterrorism. Look up FBI people like Dennis Frasca or Spike Bowman, for example. And the PUNISH FBI staff who actually try to do their jobs investigating Islamoterrorism. Look up Sibel Edmonds, for an example of that.

RA: Not news to me. I’ve written about Sibel Edmonds, who contacted me once she went public with her ordeal, on this site. DS

Ralph Adamo on December 10, 2015 at 1:49 am

So this guy marries into Farook’s family, sees all this fire power and doesn’t know what’s going to happen?!? You might cut the guy who trained the 911 pilots some slack for not realizing the FIRST successful terrorist attack on American soil was underway, but this is 14 years and several attacks later.

Arrest him. And his seeking psych treatment is just the setup for an insanity plea after realizing he’d be caught soon anyway.

YCHtT on December 10, 2015 at 2:58 am

So this guy marries into Farook’s family, sees all this fire power and doesn’t know what’s going to happen?!? You might cut the guy who trained the 911 pilots some slack for not realizing the FIRST successful terrorist attack on American soil was underway, but this is 14 years and several attacks later.

Arrest him. And his seeking psych treatment is just for an insanity plea after realizing he’d be caught soon anyway.

YCHtT on December 10, 2015 at 3:03 am

We used to call them Full Blooded Idiots, and another term which I will not use here because of decorum. If the agents left the residence unsecured, they did it because of orders from above, even though the individual agent may have objected. So don’t blame the agent, but rather the superiors, as in the FBI (more so than other agencies), the individual agent rarely makes a decision w/o consulting his superior and an Asst. US Atty. Just as in war, don’t blame the grunt for the improper prosecution of a battle, blame the generals. I speak from experience.
Blame the global warmer-in-chief and his minions!

unholyone on December 10, 2015 at 9:57 am

Ooops…In my absolute disgust with our gubmint, I forgot to add—Kudos to Debbie for pointing this out. Now, maybe, the public can understand how and why we’re not safe and the country is in confusion. This incompetence is rampant in all areas.

unholyone on December 10, 2015 at 10:02 am

What if they were neither lazy nor incompetent but intentionally acting to ignore any evidence of a larger plot to make Obama look good.

patriot on December 10, 2015 at 10:02 am

I agree with the salient points that unholyone and patriot made. Of course, because . . .

“If the fish stinks, it stinks from the head down.”

Now back to Season 7, Episode Umpteen of The Willful, Knowledgeable and Deliberate Destruction of America.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on December 10, 2015 at 10:15 am

I saw no wall board penetrated. Any competent investigation would have torn out all the sheet rock, floors and false ceilings. Every scrap of paper would be dusted for fingerprints (Notice the calendar left on the wall), the trash bag with the shredded paper dusted, DNA swabs done on all dirty dish, silver and glassware, carpets removed for fiber and residue analysis, bedding removed, etc. “Famous But Incompetent” is an understatement.

Irv Lipshitz on December 10, 2015 at 11:53 am

Funny you should mention the movie Argo Debbie. I watched it again this weekend because it was on my DVR from 2 months ago. Yep those pesky Iranian dirt bags did what our FBI didn’t do with those shredded documents. It really disgusts me to learn on the news about how the FBI said that they were done with the Farook/Malik abode and let the press have access. Both of these institutions have their share of faming idiots but come on. The Freaking Bunch of Imbeciles could’ve taken everything. They took the computers, journals, contents of the garage but not the shredded paperwork. That my friends is what we use to call in the military a blatant dereliction of duty. These guys are supposed to be the tip of the spear as far a investigating this stuff. Thanks to GWB making them that way as Debbie pointed out with the formation of the Department of Homeland Suckurity headed by that moron Johnson. Who knows what kind of intel we could’ve gotten but they let it go. Every plus the kitchen sink should’ve been taken out and the loser press would’ve found so much as a bumble gum wrapper on the floor.
Now some here have expertly pointed out that the feds might have just been told to leave the shreds alone and that might not be so far off. We know that the O’Clown probably told his Attorney General Lynchmob to tell Fed Director Comey not to probe this too hard. It might be bad optics for the Obmanation administration you see. This is also why the Killary Benghazi email investigation by this agency will get shelved quicker than a box of diet bars at Rosie O’Donnell’s house. Whatever the reason this crop of FBI agents remind me of the ones in the first Die Hard movie. Keep expecting the FBI to continue with their ham fisted efforts in this case while the press continues to focus on Trump’s every move. I’ve said this before but Debbie please keep doing what you do. I’m not going to speak for anyone else here but for me you’re a valuable source of intel on our current enemy and ALL of their supporters(they know who they are) and for that you have my thanks. Because when you look at it when our government law enforcement/intelligence gathering agencies don’t do their jobs the bad guys(and gals)inch further into completing their goals.

Ken B on December 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm

The way I learned it… Fat Bald Ignorant

YCHtT on December 10, 2015 at 1:34 pm

The FBI spent a week searching the unabomber’s cabin. Even used an X-ray machine. Finally packed up the entire cabin to preserve for future analysis. Filed 34 pages listing seized items on the search warrant return. Unabomber’s targets were corporate and university elites. The regular folks deserve no such effort.

The reason Farook’s apartment not dusted for fingerprints is certainly due to fact that some agency informant is involved.

jill on December 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Doesn’t law enforcement have a machine where they can dump these shreds that analyzes and spits out a reconstructed document? If not, they’d better build one, but I think I saw something like this once on some TV show. Not too difficult in this digital age.

Additionally, that scene was released quickly on purpose IMO. My thoughts were immediately when I saw the coverage–HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE, the media trampling through…must be the plan, for what reason? That remains to be seen, but should come out at some point. My intuition points to administration pressure and the unwillingness to enforce law.

Just Me on December 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Maybe we should be listening to this guy…

The possible FBI screw-ups Debbie has presented reminds me of the Abbott & Costello skit, “WHO’S ON FIRST?”

And we must depend on them for protection? My advice, Load-up on “DEPENDS”!

Dennis on December 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm

“The FBI spent a week searching the unabomber’s cabin. Even used an X-ray machine. Finally packed up the entire cabin to preserve for future analysis. Filed 34 pages listing seized items on the search warrant return. Unabomber’s targets were corporate and university elites. The regular folks deserve no such effort.

The reason Farook’s apartment not dusted for fingerprints is certainly due to fact that some agency informant is involved.” oh yes, you have hit the proverbial nail!!!.

jill on December 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Aron B on December 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Again, this would make a good screenplay for a movie. Our government has been so corrupted, it is beyond any doubt. Obama will live on long after he is out of The People’s House.

JeffT on December 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Great work, Debbie.

skzion on December 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Now that we’ve all vented a bit, here’s the deal as I see it:

With this administration, I think even the most honorable, and safety minded agents would have to think twice about putting their necks on the line. We’ve had interrogators, border patrol agents and police wrongly prosecuted or threatened with the like since our schmeckel-in-chief has been in office. It’s not even a fear of being fired for doing their job, I imagine, but rather ending up in prison for protecting their country.

Bottom line… We’re in deep doo-doo unless we get someone in office who can reverse that trend– that’s assuming we have a year to wait.

YCHtT on December 13, 2015 at 7:46 am

Dear Debbie:

I wish you’d stop posting that picture of John Banner, as Sergeant Schultz, on “Hogan’s Heroes,” with articles on Famous But Incompetant. It’s not funny any more.

I hope all the Jews on this website had a Happy Chanuka. I hope all the Christians on this website had a Merry Christmas. I haven’t posted in a while because from December 6 to December 18, I was in the hospital, with an intestinal operation, and after that, I was resting, off line, first at the home of friends and then back at my apartmnet.

Miranda Rose Smith on December 27, 2015 at 8:11 am

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