A recent announcement on the tragic Las Vegas shooting has people asking the same question as Congressman Trey Gowdy- what the heck is going on with the FBI? After nearly three months of investigating, the agency is still dumbfounded as to why Stephen Paddock murdered 58 people and wounded 500 others.
On Wednesday, the Las Vegas FBI chief announced that a final report on the deadly shooting will not come until next October. “Now that’s a long time for some people, but speaking for the FBI, that’s light speed, alright?” Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse said.
If that’s what they consider “fast,” we’d hate to see their definition of slow.
Disturbingly, controversy has surrounded this investigation from the very beginning. Conflicting reports from the Las Vegas police about the timeline of events is one problem. The case of “missing-not-missing” security guard Jesus Campos, is another. Nevertheless, those aren’t the most significant issues.
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According to Rouse, the bureau reviewed more than 22,000 hours of cell phone and camera footage connected to the shooting. They also combed-over 250,000 photos that are somehow related to the tragedy. In total, the FBI collected 40 terabytes of data. Curiously, hardly any of it is available to the media or public.
Additionally, Rouse added that the public will likely never know why Paddock targeted concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Days after the shooting, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. However, LVPD and the FBI disputed their claim. In late October, both agencies said they found no evidence that Paddock was radicalized.
Yet, looking at the breakdown of the FBI investigation from the Las Vegas Journal-Review, something is not adding up:
—400 specialists brought in
—1500 leads followed locally, 500 worldwide
—400 people interviewed about the gunman
—40 terabytes of data collected
—22,000 hours of video collected
—250,000 images collected
—14 days to comb through the 15-acre festival site
—13 days to collect evidence inside Mandalay Bay
—12 federal search warrants filed
—500 grand jury subpoenas issued
After all this, the FBI cannot produce a report in less than a year. Why? What aren’t they telling people? We’d bet money that we’ll never get those answers either.