The father of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected of committing terror attacks in New York and possibly New Jersey over the weekend, is claiming that he tried in vain to warn authorities about his son in 2014.
The FBI interviewed the father of bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami in 2014 after a violent domestic dispute led to a tip to authorities alleging that the father was calling his son a terrorist, two US officials said Tuesday.
There were contradictory accounts of how Rahami came to the attention of law enforcement, with the father telling reporters outside his restaurant Tuesday that he himself contacted the FBI expressing concern after the dispute.
In the interview, the father ended up downplaying the concern, saying it was a misunderstanding. Ultimately, federal investigators believed it was a domestic dispute, several federal officials told CNN. At the time of the FBI interview, Rahami was already in jail following the family dispute, which included him stabbing one of his relatives.
The FBI ran through more checks, but never interviewed Ahmad Rahami, according to officials. At the time, Rahami had just returned from an extended trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan, one of several he’d made to the region.
Rahami was never placed in an FBI database of potential terrorists, officials said.
If these reports are accurate and the FBI dropped the ball on identifying this man as a potential terrorist, people should be fired.
The man’s own father did his part by alerting authorities but his concerns were ignored.