A pair of former special agents with a Department of Defense law enforcement agency told the Washington Free Beaconthey complained about breakdowns in information sharing between the military and the FBI decades ago but were ignored.
The ignored warnings combined with multiple inspector general reports paint a picture of a decades-long failure by the military in sharing its criminal history information with the FBI, a failure that the Air Force admitted led directly to the Texas church shooter’s purchase of firearms despite a disqualifying criminal history. The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (OIG), the military’s official watchdog agency, has completed at least three investigations indicating that record sharing was a continuous problem. It is currently engaged in two active investigations on the matter.
Robert Koger and Don Bolte, former special agents with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), told the Free Beacon they complained about the lack of information sharing decades before the Texas church shooting.
“About 25 years ago, we discovered that the military services were not properly reporting to the FBI information on deserters and criminal conviction,” Koger said. “We pointed it out to the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office, and they kind of shinned it on.”
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