AG Barr Press Conference Announcing Results of Investigation into Terrorist Attack at Pensacola Naval Air Station – Video and Transcript…

Earlier today U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr announced the results of a criminal investigation into the December terrorist attack at Pensacola Naval Air Station.  The AG answered press questions at the end of his remarks.

Accompanying AG Bill was FBI Deputy Director David Bowditch.  Interestingly, Mr. Bowditch, as SanFran field office head, was the lead investigator of the San Bernadino terrorist attack prior to returning to Washington DC. [Video and Transcript Below]

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[Transcript] – BILL BARR: Good afternoon, and thank you for coming.

We are here to discuss the results of the investigation into the shooting that occurred on Dec. 6, 2019 at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Joining me today are David Bowdich, Deputy Director of the FBI; John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Michael Sherwin, Associate Deputy Attorney General for National Security; Rachel Rojas, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Field Office in Jacksonville, Florida; and Larry Keefe, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

I want to thank the FBI and the other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies involved in responding to and investigating the incident for their rapid and excellent work.  Many people worked long hours through the holidays, and I am grateful for their diligence and commitment to seeing this through.  You will be hearing from Deputy Director Bowdich shortly about the details of the FBI investigative work, which was superb.

In considering this case, we have to remember that there are thousands of allied pilots and other military personnel receiving training on military bases throughout the United States.  These military partnerships are critically important to the United States.  The Royal Saudi Air Force, which flies American-made aircraft, is an important military partner, and has long had a training relationship with us.

On Dec. 6, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force, entered a building on the grounds of Pensacola Naval Air Station and killed three U.S. sailors and severely wounded eight other Americans.  Alshamrani was killed during the attack.

This was an act of terrorism.

The evidence shows that the shooter was motivated by jihadist ideology.  During the course of the investigation, we learned that the shooter posted a message on social media on Sept. 11 of last year that said: “the countdown has begun.”  Over Thanksgiving weekend, he visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.  He also posted other anti-American, anti-Israeli, and jihadi messages on social media, and did so two hours before his attack at the naval base.

Early reports indicated that the shooter arrived at the site, accompanied by other Saudi cadets, who took video of the attack as it unfolded.  These reports turned out not to be accurate.  The shooter arrived by himself.  Other Saudi cadets happened to be in the area and, after the attack began, they took some videos of the resulting commotion.  They fully cooperated in the investigation, as did the other Saudi cadets who were interviewed by the FBI at Pensacola and at additional bases across the country.

After Alshamrani entered the building and cased the facility, he proceeded to walk around shooting down his unarmed victims in cold blood.

During and after this heinous attack, there were many specific acts of courage, and I want to draw special attention to two U.S. Marines: Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Maisel and Staff Sgt. Samuel Mullins.

They were outside the building when they heard gunfire and, although unarmed, they ran into the building to confront the shooter.  Their only weapon was a fire extinguisher that they had pulled off the wall as they ran toward the gunfire.  Who but the Marines?

Although they were unable to engage the shooter, they helped save many lives by performing CPR and other medical aid on the victims.

I would also like to mention the heroic acts of Navy Airman Ryan Blackwell.  The shooter shot Airman Blackwell five times, yet Ryan still managed to jump on top of a fellow sailor to keep her from being shot.  He further assisted other students and helped them escape, all while taking additional fire from the shooter.  Airman Blackwell’s heroic acts also saved countless lives that day.

We are grateful as well for the bravery of the base personnel and local law enforcement responders who initially arrived at the scene and engaged the shooter.

I would also like to address the cooperation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gave complete and total support for our counter-terrorism investigation, and ordered all Saudi trainees to fully cooperate.  This assistance was critical to helping the FBI determine whether anyone assisted the shooter in the attack.

While there was no evidence of assistance or pre-knowledge of the attack by other members of the Saudi military (or any other foreign nationals) who are training in the United States, we did learn of derogatory material possessed by 21 members of the Saudi military who are training here in the United States.

17 had social media containing some jihadi or anti-American content.  However, there was no evidence of any affiliation or involvement with any terrorist activity or group.  15 individuals (including some of the 17 just mentioned) had had some kind of contact with child pornography.  While one of these individuals had a significant number of such images, all the rest had one or two images, in most cases posted in a chat room by someone else or received over social media.

The relevant U.S. Attorneys offices independently reviewed each of the 21 cases involving derogatory information and determined that none of them would, in the normal course, result in federal prosecution.

However, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia determined that this material demonstrated conduct unbecoming an officer in the Saudi Royal Air Force and Royal Navy and the 21 cadets have been dis-enrolled from their training curriculum in the U.S. military and will be returning to Saudi Arabia (later today).

The Kingdom has assured me that it will review each of these cases under their code of military justice and criminal code.  The Kingdom has also agreed that we will have full access to anyone we want to interview in Saudi Arabia and any documents relevant to our investigation.  Indeed, it has already been providing documents.  Further, the Kingdom has assured us that, if we later decide to charge any of those being sent back to Saudi Arabia in connection with this counterterrorism investigation, it will return them for trial.

We appreciate Saudi Arabia’s cooperation in this case.

Finally, I want to address an issue regarding the shooter’s phones.

The shooter possessed two Apple iPhones, seen on posters here.

Within one day of the shooting, the FBI sought and received court authorization based on probable cause to search both phones in an effort to run down all leads and figure out with whom the shooter was communicating.

During the gunfight with first responders, the shooter disengaged long enough to place one of the phones on the floor and shoot a single round into the device.  It also appears the other phone was damaged.

Our experts at the FBI crime lab were able to fix both damaged phones so they are operational.

However, both phones are engineered to make it virtually impossible to unlock them without the password.  It is very important to know with whom and about what the shooter was communicating before he died.

We have asked Apple for their help in unlocking the shooter’s iPhones.  So far Apple has not given us any substantive assistance.  This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that investigators be able to get access to digital evidence once they have obtained a court order based on probable cause.  We call on Apple and other technology companies to help us find a solution so that we can better protect the lives of Americans and prevent future attacks.

With that, I will turn things over to Deputy Director Bowdich.

[Barr Transcript Ends – Video Continues]

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249 Responses to AG Barr Press Conference Announcing Results of Investigation into Terrorist Attack at Pensacola Naval Air Station – Video and Transcript…

  1. no-nonsense-nancy says:

    My question is why do we host “students” from foreign muslim countries into our military bases? This is asking for trouble.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Luz Maria Rodriguez says:

      And, allow foreign graduate students in our military research institutions.

      Liked by 4 people

    • RJ says:

      A country decides to purchase military equipment worth millions, many millions. They ask for training to use this equipment. We want the sales, we accept the training.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Luz Maria Rodriguez says:

        Training is one thing, involvement in research is another.
        What did Mr. CHG do for the PRC when he traveled the countryside there recruiting PhDs there for MS there (after earning a PhD in math at the UW)? Why did the PRC and MS combine to build a tech u in Bellevue?

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    • iPack says:

      Nancy: Remember who gave U.S. visas to 9/11 hijackers? It’s not like the terrorists swam all the way from Afghanistan to our shores or had to illegally cross our southern border. It was the CIA station chief who goes by the name John O Brennan, a communist and – if you believe the rumors – himself a Muslim convert, who overruled Langley. Does his name ring a bell? And how about Cofer Black? Just google this guy.

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  2. Luz Maria Rodriguez says:

    Mr. AG Barr,

    Congratulations. You have picked the low hanging fruit first and quite quickly.

    Now, PLEASE go after the COUP participants. Please do not let those arrogant, treasonous thugs flaunt such disrespect for our Law and our concept of blind justice. If we know who they are – we obviously do, how much more do not you know who they are?

    Please bring respect back to the DOJ and FBI.

    An interested and observing citizen ….

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    • iPack says:

      You’ve got to be kidding me…

      This guy was hired to do just that, go after low-hanging fruits and save the institutions.

      He will never hold the conspirators accountable.

      Look at the corrupt FISC and how these judges are defying common sense and lie to our faces, look at Flynn’s prosecution, Stone, Manafort, Papadopoulos…, Epstein’s “suicide,” and the fraud the House Democrats are trying to pass for a legitimate impeachment.

      It didn’t stop with Trump being inaugurated in 2017 and it didn’t stop with Mueller’s report and his subsequent testimony last year.

      AG Barr is an emergency brake to prevent Trump from declassifying and exposing the fraud.

      AG Barr is not what you think he is.

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      • lolli says:

        Bondo Barr is meeting all my expectations of him.

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        • I hope you are wrong. Mueller was touted as a man of integrity too.

          Anyone see the deep backgrounder on Barr by the NYT, including details on his three daughters, all lawyers?

          Given the Slimes long history as mouthpiece for the DeepState,
          One might conclude the message was, “go along to get along, and they will be taken care of…

          Plata o plomo

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          • lolli says:

            I would love to be wrong. Bondo Barr has a history of covering up for the haloed institutions, so I agree with Sundance from day one in regard to Barr. Again, it is just my point of view.
            And I do believe the Plata o Plomo choice has probably been given to all the swamp creatures at one time or another. 😏

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      • Luz Maria Rodriguez says:

        Speculation so far.
        Admittedly, allowing Kris to be appointed was either a misstep or indication of far worse. For now, Kris reflects more on Roberts than anything else. Best to work on knowns than speculate re unknowns, sir. For sure, the swamp is lots deeper than previously speculated.

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  3. X XYZ says:

    One statement leaped out at me:

    “After Alshamrani entered the building and cased the facility, he proceeded to walk around shooting down his unarmed victims in cold blood.”

    Did he walk in first, case the place, then go back out to get his gun? Or did he have it with him right from the start? Either way, there was NO SECURITY at that base. He was allowed to walk in with a gun. This was allowed to happen, and it did. That’s a FACT.

    You can’t walk into courts of law, airports, or government buildings without being subject to the metal detector routine. Apparently military bases have less security than schools. Might as well hang a sign on the door saying “Open season on our military – bring your gun and come on in!”

    Who set that gun free zone policy? The generals in the Pentagon? I’ll bet they have security checks in the Pentagon where they work. Their asses are protected. Those who work at military bases are sitting ducks.

    Don’t like metal detectors? Even plain old “stop and frisk” would work.

    Forget the cell phone discussion. This tragedy could have been avoided. With no security checks, this WILL happen again.

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  4. John-Y128 says:

    Also on Monday AG Barr announced ‘he is raising the requirements for the Justice Department to investigate presidential campaigns, following the so-called Russia collusion probe. He made the initial announcement on Monday.’ https://www.oann.com/doj-to-change-requirements-to-launch-probes-into-presidential-campaigns/

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  5. Wm@icloud says:

    The last person who wanted apple’s fire wall penetrated was Comey.

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  6. Moray Watson says:

    Dear Mr. Barr, I have undertaken my own investigation. It has been ongoing for over 15 years now. Here is the conclusion of my investigation: muslims can’t be trusted.

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  7. Pew-Anon says:

    “It is very important to know with whom and about what the shooter was communicating before he died.

    We have asked Apple for their help in unlocking the shooter’s iPhones. So far Apple has not given us any substantive assistance. This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that investigators be able to get access to digital evidence once they have obtained a court order based on probable cause. We call on Apple and other technology companies to help us find a solution so that we can better protect the lives of Americans and prevent future attacks.”

    Apparently AG Barr has never heard of the NSA, who certainly has every keystroke this guy made on both those phones. Yet in the name of security, we are supposed to give up what shred of privacy still exists on this technology. Kinda sounds like how we were all sold the DHS bill of goods after 9/11.

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  8. I wish I had a Porn Stache

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