Orlando Terrorist Assault Grid

The following is a grid of preliminary news reports on the mass murder in the Pulse night club in Orlando early Sunday morning. LaRouche mandated a careful investigation, putting reports together, looking at each piece in order to find a preliminary hypothesis, while looking at the whole from the top down. What is certain is that what Senator Graham said in the press conference on the 28 pages in the U.S. Congress, on the day of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack on Jan. 7, 2015, holds true today: If the 28 pages had been released, this incident would not have happened.

* CNN: The shooter, Omar Saddiqui Mateen, is 29 and from Fort Pierce, Fla., about 120 miles southeast of Orlando. He is American born of Afghan parents. He had been trained as a security guard. He used a pistol and an assault rifle to kill 50 people and wound 53 others in the Pulse nightclub, a popular gay club in Orlando.

* Mateen possessed a Security Officer license in Florida, and a Statewide Firearms License in Florida allowing a concealed weapon.

* In 2007, Mateen graduated with an associate degree of science from Indian River State College. He had worked for G4S, a security company. His ex-wife said that at one point Mateen worked as a guard at a nearby facility for juvenile delinquents.

* Orlando Sentinel: Mateen was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014, FBI Assistant Special Agent Ronald Hopper told reporters Sunday. FBI learned of him in 2013 after he made inflammatory remarks to co-workers and alleged terrorist ties, said FBI Special Agent In Charge Ron Hopper. The FBI investigated and interviewed witnesses and Mateen, but closed the investigation. He came to the FBI’s attention again in 2014 for making contact with a suicide bomber. FBI determined their connection was minimal and closed the investigated “Those interviews turned out to be inconclusive, so there was nothing to keep the investigation going,” Hopper said. Mateen was not under investigation at the time of Sunday’s shooting and was not under surveillance, Hopper said.

* In the past two weeks Mateen legally purchased a Glock pistol, found at the shooting scene.

* Mateen called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official.

* ISIS has not claimed responsibility, but websites connected to ISIS have praised the attacks.

* Mateen’s parents were born in Afghanistan.

* Washington Post: Dozens of YouTube videos show Seddique Mateen, the father of the gunman, extolling the Afghan Taliban and most recently, announcing his run for president of Afghanistan. In a Facebook video posted hours before the shooting, he seems to pretend he already is the president of Afghanistan and orders the arrest of Afghan leaders.

* The father gave an interview to NBC News on Sunday morning apologizing for his son. He said his son, Omar Mateen, was angry when he saw men kissing in Miami several months ago, but that he wasn’t aware of any action he has taken.

* Mateen’s ex-wife said he was mentally unstable and beat her repeatedly while they were married. The woman first met Mateen online in 2009 and came to Florida to marry him, but he was abusive and her family saved her after only a few months. “He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.” They formally divorced in 2011. She told the Washington Post she has not had contact with Mateen since she left.

* Washington Post: After the couple split, a friend of Mateens said the young man became steadily more religious. The friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Mateen several years ago went on the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia known as the umrah.

OTHER RELATED ISSUES:

*  On the morning of the attack, Obama’s killer partner John Brennan told the press that the 28 pages would likely be released but that no one should believe them and that the Saudi connections were subsequently proven false.

* The 80,000 pages of FBI documents on the Saratoga case, still under review by a Florida judge, could reflect relevant information on the Saudi/terror connections in Florida.

* Also on Sunday, authorities in West Hollywood, California, took a suspect into custody after discovering an arsenal in his car that included explosive powder, assault weapons and a camouflage outfit, CNN affiliate KABC reported, citing unnamed authorities. The suspect told authorities he was there for the Los Angeles Pride festival, which is underway this weekend. There was no indication that the arrest was related to the Orlando attack.

* Obama’s speech on the attack called it terrorism and a hate crime, but only repeated his cover story that we need to ban guns: “This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.” As he knew, Mateen had the guns legally.

* Obama has repeatedly refused Putin’s offer to work together to defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda (Al Nusra) in Syria, refusing because several groups funded and trained by the CIA are working hand in hand with al-Qaeda.

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