Gov. Scott announcing plans to hire Florida anti-terrorism agents

File photo, Florida Governor Rick Scott

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Gov. Rick Scott will be in Tampa Thursday to announce plans to hire 46 anti-terrorism agents for the state.

Scott discussed the idea in Orlando Wednesday, the site of the Pulse nightclub attack in which 49 were killed and more than 50 were injured by Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS.

He said he was devastated by the carnage at the club.

“The goal is this never happens again,” Scott said.

“If you think about the 49 families that were impacted, plus all the victims that survived and how their lives were changed.  It’s devastating.”

Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner Rick Swearingen agreed.

“Pulse happened and that was just a reminder that we have to do more.”

“Those are very difficult things to prevent,” Swearingen said when asked about these “lone wolf” attacks.

“But, some of these positions will be dedicated to intelligence gathering, and so it’s possible you may pick up something from a source or something they post online.”

Scott said he plans to ask state legislators to approve nearly $6 million to pay for the new hires.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials claim the agents would look for terror-related intelligence and deal with terror-related crimes.

The governor will discuss the new plan at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the FDLE office on Lois Avenue in Tampa. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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