American Journalist Who Was Held Hostage, Tortured by Al Qaeda Says FBI Under Mueller, Comey Betrayed Him (VIDEO)
American photojournalist Matt Schrier was kidnapped and held hostage by Al Qaeda on New Years Eve in 2012 as he was trying to cross over from Syria into Turkey.
Schrier miraculously escaped captivity after being tortured for several months and decided to investigate his own kidnapping.
He discovered the FBI, under Mueller and Comey betrayed him and sacrificed his safety in order to track the terrorists.
Fox News reported:
While he was tortured and held by al Nusra, the brutal Al Qaeda franchise in Syria, Schrier claimed the FBI put intelligence gathering ahead of his personal security, hoping to track the computers and tablets to learn more about Al Qaeda recruits and future plots. After his harrowing escape, Schrier started demanding answers from the FBI, which at the time of his kidnapping was led by Mueller.
Since his return to the U.S. in mid-2013, Schrier shared documents with Fox News and explained, “I faxed– I emailed them, probably between my mother and my father and me, between 50 and 100 complaints.”
Comey took over from Mueller in September 2013, and Schrier said the stonewalling continued. “I was emailing him questions. I was forwarding him all these emails. I was demanding answers from him,” Schrier said. “And I never got anything back.”
Schrier said he has been unable to obtain credit cards or open new bank accounts because Al Qaeda stole his identity and passwords. Unable to get a lease for an apartment, Schrier said his FBI case manager suggested he temporarily live in a New York City homeless shelter.
“I just got clean clothes without bed bugs. I don’t want to go through a situation where I have to deal with lice and bed bugs again. Like, no thank you.”
Schrier says he traveled to Syria to capture photos because he loves military history. He was kidnapped by Al Nursa and starved and tortured for seven months.
His kidnappers forced him to hand over his passwords and personal information in order to steal his identity.
“They sat me down in the office in a circle with the emir, three Canadians and another guy. And they put a piece of paper in front of me and said, basically, ‘Write down all the passwords for every account you have, from Facebook to your credit cards to your bank accounts, we want your social security number.'”
After the terrorists stole Schrier’s identity, they purchased laptops, tablets and all sorts of random items in his name.
The FBI was monitoring the transactions and the agent communicating with Schrier’s family misled his mother.
At the same time, Schrier claimed the FBI was monitoring the transactions, and the bureau’s point person for his family, agent Lindsey Perotti, misled his mother. Six months into his captivity, the FBI agent wrote Schrier’s mother, “Everything at this point seems to indicate he is the one using his phone, credit card, and bank account.” Despite working as a freelance war photographer, Schrier had not posted any new work.
“I’d been kept in the dark for extremely long periods of times, I’m infested with bedbugs,” Schrier said. “Yet, according to the FBI, I’m speaking to people on my cellphone, I’m buying laptops and cologne and boots and sunglasses, maybe going into Turkey once in a while to get away from things, you know, just like all jihadis do, you know. ‘Cause Southern Turkey’s like the Hamptons, you know?”
Not only did the FBI allow Schrier to be tortured for several months, they didn’t even help him reestablish his life after he returned home.
Schrier struggled to get back on his feet because Al Qaeda stole his social security number and he was unable to obtain a credit card.
Matthew Schrier documented his story in a book titled “The Dawn Prayer.”
Must watch Schrier speak to Catherine Herridge in this video via Fox News: