There’s a lot of talk about mass shootings lately.
But one of this country’s worst mass shootings was carried out by Omar Mateen, a Muslim terrorist. Like Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood Jihadist, he had done everything but take out an ad in the paper announcing that he’s a terrorist.
The FBI reportedly canceled its 2013 investigation into Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen after only 10 months because they viewed the terroristic threats he made as a reaction to “being marginalized because of his Muslim faith,” by his coworkers.
They put him on a watch list and sent informants. They interviewed him and concluded that his claims of Al Qaeda ties and terrorist threats were reactions to “being marginalized because of his Muslim faith.” Omar told the agents that he said those things because “his co-workers were discriminating against him and teasing him because he was Muslim.”
And they believed him.
The Fort Hood killer, Nidal Hasan, handed out business cards announcing that he was a Jihadist. He delivered a presentation justifying suicide bombings, but no action was taken. Like Omar, the FBI was aware of Hasan. It knew that he was talking to Al Qaeda bigwig Anwar Al-Awlaki, yet nothing was done. Instead of worrying about his future victims, the FBI was concerned that investigating him and interviewing him would “harm Hasan’s career”.
Now there’s a net twist in Hasan’s case. His wife is also on trial and her lawyers are claiming that the Mateen investigation was tanked because his father was an FBI informant.
Prosecutors sent an email over the weekend that claimed Seddique Mateen, the gunman’s father, was a confidential FBI source from January 2005 through June 2016, according to the motion filed by Salman’s defense attorneys.
The documents state the father’s relationship with the FBI precluded a previous investigation into threats made by Omar Mateen in 2013, three years before the Pulse attack.
Mateen’s father is also under investigation for money transfers to Afghanistan and Turkey, after authorities found documents they deemed suspicious in his home in the wake of the Pulse attack, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
“An anonymous tip indicated that Seddique Mateen was seeking to raise $50,000 – $100,000 via a donation drive to contribute towards an attack against the government of Pakistan,” the motion states.
None of this lets Mateen’s wife off the hook. But it does add to questions about why the Mateens were here, and the political connections of Mateen’s father. Omar was working for a security contractor. He got a pass despite blatantly stating his support for terrorism. And there have been other, similar questions raised in the past. Most notoriously about the Garland ISIS attack.
Omar’s father was clearly connected. The question is how connected.
The father of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen has been spotted sitting and cheering behind Hillary Clinton at a rally.
Seddique Mateen attended one of the Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign events in Kissimmee, Florida on Monday night.
Seddique Mateen later sparked controversy when it emerged he had previously made pro-Taliban comments on a satellite TV show he hosts.
After the rally Mr Mateen told Florida TV station WPTV people should not be surprised by his presence and claimed he was invited.
He said: “Why should they be surprised? I love the United States, and I’ve been living here a long time. We’ve been cooperating with the federal government, and that’s about it. Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions.”
Trump has some great solutions. The travel ban is one of them. We don’t need any more Mateens and Islamic terrorist attacks.
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