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What We Know So Far About the Orlando Terrorist Attack

What We Know So Far About the Orlando Terrorist Attack

Mateen watched ISIS beheadings online and pledged allegiance to ISIS during the massacre.

New developments keep popping up with the terrorist attack in Orlando, FL, that left 49 dead and over 50 injured. This is what we know so far.

Leslie wrote a post with the names of the victims and some stories about them. Our thoughts and prayers stay with them and their families during this hard time. We also wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

Omar Mateen murdered those 49 people at Pulse, a popular gay club, as he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). The terrorist group has taken advantage of this and used his image in their latest recruitment ad, but no evidence exists that that Mateen ever communicated with the group.

Officials discovered that Mateen watched numerous ISIS beheadings online. One official told CNN that the terrorist “consumed a hell of a lot of jihadist propaganda.” He even wrote on Facebook about his allegiance to ISIS during his attack:

“I pledge my alliance to (ISIS leader) abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me,” Mateen wrote in one post early Sunday morning. “The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west” …“You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance.”

Mateen worked as a security guard for G4S Security. A former coworker complained to his superiors about Mateen’s numerous homophobic and racist comments. However, no one fired him because he was Muslim.

Mateen’s father Seddique praised the Taliban in his native Afghanistan and pretends to be the Afghani president. At first, he condemned homosexuals, saying that “God will punish those involved” and “not an issue that humans should deal with.” He walked back his comments when CBS News reached out to him.

After the massacre, Seddique said his son did not slaughter over 50 people because of their religion. He claimed his son “got angry” when he saw two men kissing Miami. Mateen expressed disgust with the action, especially since he had his son with him.

Yet, some friends have said that Mateen never expressed disgust for gays. A drag queen friend even took Mateen to a show. However, the FBI found out Mateen visited online gay chat rooms and had profiles on gay dating apps. They do not know for sure if he did this because he was gay or scouting targets. So far no one has admitted having sexual relations with Mateen.

His ex-wife told The Washington Post that their marriage started normal, but became abusive:

“He was not a stable person,” said the ex-wife, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she feared for her safety in the wake of the mass shooting. “He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”

They met online and she moved to Florida to marry him. She never witnessed any movement towards radical Islam during their brief time together.

But her parents swooped in and rescued their daughter when they learned her husband assaulted her. They took her back home, which is not mentioned in the article, but they came from Uzbekistan, and left all her belongings in the condo.

His current wife may face charges as an accessory because she didn’t notify law enforcement about his plans to commit a terrorist attack. On Saturday, Mateen told her he wanted to visit friends, but drove over an hour to Pulse. She admitted she drove him past the club at least once.

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His ex-wife had smart parents.

What I’m reading is that a) the shooter was engaged outside the club but people couldn’t bring him down with pistol fire, b) he’d been turned down by a gun store when he tried to buy body armor 5 weeks earlier, which the store reported as suspicious, c) he successfully bought body armor from another store which did not report the purchase, no doubt showing off his credentials for a security company that regularly protects nuclear plants. Which brings us back to a).

There’s quite a story here. But the part where only five weeks ago someone reported this, but law enforcement blissfully passed up any involvement, is sad and disgusting when one gun store did its actual job and others did not. There were chances to stop this. They were not taken, or at the club itself, not taken successfully with the speed that would have mitigated the disaster.

Paul In Sweden | June 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm

We also know that the FBI and the local police did not go to Mateen’s residence to secure it and to seize all documents, electronics and other evidence.

Various media are contaminating a scene of investigation – the apartment of Omar Mateen – just two days after the Islamic terrorist attack targeting LGBT persons at a nightclub in Orlando.

Authorities similarly failed to secure the apartment of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the Islamic terrorist couple that carried out last year’s mass murder in San Bernardino. Days after the attack in December of 2015, various media operator were going through the terrorist couple’s apartment LEFT-WING SPANISH LANGUAGE UNIVISION WAS ON THE SCENE, WITH ITS REPORTER AND CAMERA OPERATOR WALKING THROUGH MATEEN’S APARTMENT TO GIVE ITS AUDIENCE A TOUR.

http://www.dailywire.com/news/6611/authorities-fail-secure-terrorists-apartment-again-robert-kraychik

Flash back.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/21/obama-administration-pulls-references-to-islam-from-terror-training-materials-official-says/

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole confirmed on Wednesday that the Obama administration was pulling back all training materials used for the law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.

“I recently directed all components of the Department of Justice to re-evaluate their training efforts in a range of areas, from community outreach to national security,” Cole told a panel at the George Washington University law school.

The move comes after complaints from advocacy organizations including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and others identified as Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the 2004 Holy Land Foundation terror fundraising trial.

In a Wednesday Los Angeles Times op-ed, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) president Salam al-Marayati threatened the FBI with a total cutoff of cooperation between American Muslims and law enforcement if the agency failed to revise its law enforcement training materials.

    Arminius in reply to 4fun. | June 17, 2016 at 3:33 am

    “In a Wednesday Los Angeles Times op-ed, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) president Salam al-Marayati threatened the FBI with a total cutoff of cooperation between American Muslims and law enforcement if the agency failed to revise its law enforcement training materials.”

    There has never been any cooperation between Muslim groups like CAIR, ISNA, the NAIT, MPAC, etc. They are front groups for violent extremists and all they do is obstruct. I’m not going to deny that Muslims haven’t helped fight terrorism, but when they have they’ve been going against the advice of their self-annointed leaders.

    The MPAC was founded by two Egyptian brothers, Maher and Hassan Hathout, after getting out of prison for their violent Muslim Brother activities and wending their way to the US. It is simply a U.S. PR firm for the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Consider the hypocrisy. Islam, we are told, has nothing to do with terrorism. So we need to scrub all the training of any reference to Islam.

    And if we don’t Muslim groups threaten to withhold all assistance in fighting terrorism?

    If Islam has nothing to do with terrorism we don’t need their help. But of course it has everything to do with terrorism; hence the fact this administration, while lying to us about how terrorism is un-Islamic out of one side of their mouths also tells us out the other side of their mouths that we absolutely require the aid of Islamic groups to fight terrorism.

    We don’t need their “help.” We don’t want their “help” as we are better off not letting them inside the wire. Their “help” consists entirely of espionage, betrayal, and what the Soviet Russians used to call disinformation.

    Or, what Muslims have called taqiyyah for 1400 years. And yes, there is a variant of the the word in the Quran, telling Muslims in Surah 3 Ayat 28 that they are never to be friends or allies of “disbelievers” but may only pretend to be a friend to deceive them in order to protect themselves.

I thought the FBI & military had already erased all mention of Islam & jihad from their training stuff upon the advice of multiple Muslim groups…

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels

“Islam is the religion of peace”

    Arminius in reply to Luapious. | June 17, 2016 at 3:44 am

    This administration would have us believe two contradictory big lies at the same time.

    1. Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.

    2. We have no hope in hell of fighting terrorism without the help of the “good” Muslims.

    Which is it? If we need Muslim help to fight what this administration refuses to call Islamic terrorism then Islam must have something to do with it. Otherwise, Muslims wouldn’t have any special insights that are useful.

    But if Muslims do have special insights into “Violent Extremism” then Islam has something to do with it. A great deal to do with, clearly, it if we’d be crippled without their help and special insights.

It has also been reported that Muslim Omar and his jihadi wife texted each other during the shooting.

The only thing we need to know is a registered democrat that was gay, pledged his allegiance to ISIS, was yelling ‘allahu ackbar and carried out a terrorist attack at a gay bar.

For some reason though, those that had nothing to do with it are to blame.

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