Sadly, the FBI never even visited the gun store where Orlando jihadist Omar Mateen bought his ammo, which contacted them to report Mateen’s suspicious behavior and his purchase. And we’ve learned that the FBI twice opened cases on Mateen, only to close them later. Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs enumerates the voluminous evidence available to law enforcement on Mateen, all of which are significant red flags.
Unfortunately, the FBI was either hopelessly inept (which is highly unlikely), or is simply hobbled by politically correct restrictions that allowed potential killers like Mateen to proceed through a radicalization phase and into actual jihad terror.
Gun shop owner reported ‘suspicious’ Omar Mateen to FBI before Orlando jihad massacre
Pamela Geller * 17 June, 2016
One year after the first ISIS attack on our free speech event in Garland, Texas, they succeeded in waging the largest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.
This was a massive intel failure.
There were innumerable red flags. But if you see something and say something, you will be smeared as an islamophobic-anti-Muslim-bigot.
–The owner of a Florida gun shop alerted the FBI that a suspicious Omar Mateen had come in to buy weaponry.
— Omar Mateen was the subject of two prior FBI investigations (one was dropped after Mateen after he claimed his co-workers were islamophobic).
— A Florida sheriff said Omar Mateen’s support for the Fort jihad mass murderer “worried cops.”
— ISIS warned us they would attack in Florida.
— Omar Mateen cheered 9/11.
— Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the islamic State.
— Omar Mateen was “quite religious.”
— Omar Mateen beat his wife, in accord with the laws of the sharia (Islamic law).
— Omar Mateen traveled to Saudi Arabia ….twice.
— Omar Mateen threatened to shoot his classmate at a cookout over over pork meat (haram).
— Omar Mateen “studied” jihad at an “Islamic center” run by a convicted imam who recruited for jihad slaughter.
Because Omar Mateen posted to Facebook on June 12, 2016: “I pledge my alliance to abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me.” “The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west”; “taste the Islamic state vengeance.” In a final post, Mateen apparently wrote, “In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the usa.”
The ghastly death toll is a stunning indictment of Obama’s sharia-compliant “countering violent extremism” policies. Obama now seeks to disarm us and import hundreds of thousands more “believers” after his policies has led to an unprecedented escalation in the war in the homeland. Guns are not the problem. Bombs, knives, suicide vests, machetes, cars ….. it’s the jihad.
“Gun Shop Reported ‘Suspicious’ Omar Mateen to FBI,” By Frances Martel, Breitbart, June 16, 2016:
Robbie Abell, owner of a Florida gun shop, says he alerted authorities that a suspicious man had come in asking about body armor. Five weeks later, Omar Mateen – equipped with weapons he bought at a different shop after Abell’s employees refused to sell to him – killed 49 people and injured as many at Pulse night club in Orlando.UPDATE: Abell has since confirmed the agency he contact was the FBI.
The Wall Street Journal quotes Abell as telling them that his store, Lotus Gunworks of South Florida, “shut him down on all sales” after be began asking bizarre questions about body armor and bulk ammunition. “The questions he was asking were not the normal questions a normal person would be asking… He just seemed very odd,” Abell said. The armor Mateen asked about is not traditionally available to civilians.
Abell noted that he made a phone call during his time in the store, and appeared to be speaking in Arabic. Mateen is from an Afghan family, and his father – a prolific pro-Taliban Youtuber – is known to speak at least two Afghan languages, Dari and Pashto. Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, identifies as “Palestinian,” which would make her a likely Arabic speaker. She has confessed to shopping for weapons with Mateen.
Abell says his store alerted authorities to the suspicious man, though he did not say which authorities– whether he spoke to local police, FBI, or Homeland Security. Local CBS 12 notes that Abell’s store appeared to be following the procedures “in line with the FBI’s push for people to ‘see something, say something,‘ if they witness anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.”
The FBI had been alerted to Mateen as a potential terrorist in the past. The FBI had investigated Mateen for violent remarks and suspect behavior three times between 2013-2014, while he was employed as armed security personnel at the firm G4S. He was never fired despite being investigated, however, and the FBI eventually dropped their probe against Mateen.
Witnesses speaking to media who knew Mateen throughout his life have consistently described him as odd, unsettling, and violent. Former classmates recall him threatening to kill everyone present at a cookout on one occasion because of the presence of pork meat; a former G4S coworker said he routinely discussed committing a massacre.
Before being killed by police on Sunday, Mateen left several Facebook messages pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, and also did so in a phone call to 911 from inside Pulse.