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FBI Finds No Evidence That Orlando Nightclub Shooter Had Secret Gay Life

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Did Omar Mateen, the man responsible for the Orlando nightclub massacre, have gay lovers?

Since the shooting that left 49 people dead, people have claimed Mateen had gay relationships and used gay dating apps.

But so far, the FBI has found no evidence to support those claims, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Investigators have discredited claims by some people who alleged Mateen had sex with men.

To look into the claims, the FBI searched Mateen’s electronic devices and found no photographs, text messages, gay pornography or smartphone apps to support the claims that he had a secret gay life.

During the massacre, Mateen said he was avenging the bombings in the Middle East.

Men, Women Come Forward to Say They Had Relationship with Orlando Shooter

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Omar Mateen, the man who opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, frequently used online dating sites seeking both men and women.

CBS News reports that men and women have approached the FBI about having a relationship with Mateen, who was killed in a shootout with police.

One man said he had a two-month sexual relationship with Mateen last year.

“He was very sweet guy, he loved to be cuddled,” said the man in a recorded interview with Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas that aired Tuesday night. “He had to confess something, that ‘I have a wife’… I asked him ‘does you wife know’ and he said ‘yes she know everything.'”

The man suggested Mateen was likely seeking revenge “for gay Puerto Ricans from when he felt rejected.”

The man added that Mateen’s father was homophobic.

“He told me when his father find out I’m gay, he want to kill me.”

Muslim Friend of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Warned FBI about Mateen

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two years before Omar Mateen opened fire on an Orlando nightclub, a Muslim friend warned the FBI about concerns that Mateen was becoming self-radicalized.

“The fact that this person was a Muslim, and also that he was a Muslim from my community and somebody that I knew — very, very, very disturbing,” Mohammad Mailk told CBS News.

The two met a decade ago and attended the same mosque.

Malik said he became concerned and called the FBI after Mateen confided that he was inspired by radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki’s videos.

“He told me they were very powerful,” he recalled. “That raised the red flag even higher for me.”

The FBI investigated Mateen for the second time in two years, but decided Mateen wasn’t a clear threat. Malik said the FBI never asked him again about Mateen.

“These people that have committed these acts have radicalized on their own — not through the mosque,” Malik said.

Newsday: FBI Blundered by Trying to Withhold Portion of Nightclub Shooting Transcript

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Editorial Board
Newsday

The FBI blundered badly Monday in its attempt to withhold portions of a transcript of the four 911 calls by Orlando nightclub assassin Omar Mateen.

Eventually, the decision to redact some of Mateen’s words was reversed, and the nation learned that the shooter had professed his loyalty to the Islamic State and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, when he called the emergency number during the June 12 attack. The FBI’s rationale for its decision was to protect the victims’ families and “to prevent future attacks.” We doubt that knowing Mateen sympathized with ISIS really increased the suffering of the grieving families burying their dead.

And since eyewitnesses, local police and the FBI said from the start that this psychopath mentioned ISIS, how exactly would blacking out those words from the 911 transcript protect us from terror attacks? Attorney General Loretta Lynch put it this way: “What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups and further his propaganda.” Trying to shield Americans from the truth, and undermining their confidence in what the federal government is telling them, might be a more dangerous action. In reversing the decision to redact, the FBI and Justice Department said they wanted to avoid unnecessary distractions.

That’s missing the point.

To read more click here. 

Senate Republicans Want to Broaden FBI’s Surveillance After Orlando Shooting

US CapitolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In response to the mass shooting in the Orlando nightclub, Senate Republicans are proposing to expand the FBI’s authority to use surveillance without a warrant.

The measure would allow agents to access email metadata and some browsing history information without a warrant, Reuters reports. 

“In the wake of the tragic massacre in Orlando, it is important our law enforcement have the tools they need to conduct counterterrorism investigations,” Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican and sponsor of the amendment, said in a statement.

Despite the concerns of Republicans, they failed to pass gun-control measures on Monday.

Privacy advocates charge the surveillance measure exploits the mass shooting to expand spying powers.

The idea is to give the FBI more options to use so-called National Security Letters.

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Orlando Shooter Told Police He Wanted Bombings in Iraq, Syria to End

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After shooting his way through an Orlando nightclub, Omar Mateen told authorities in a series of phone calls that he wanted the bombing in Syria and Iraq to stop, according to a partial transcript of the gunman’s phone calls during a standoff.

The partial transcript and timeline of the shooting show Mateen shot his way through Pulse for six minutes. When backup officers arrived, he retreated to the bathroom and barricaded himself with a group of hostages, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

The shooting started at 2:02 a.m. as Mateen exchanged gunfire with an officer, who retreated and called for backup. Six minutes later, backup arrived and began firing at Mateen from within the club.

At some point, the gunfire stopped until about 5:15 a.m., when Mateen was hot by police.

It’s not yet clear whether police inadvertently shot innocent people.

Asked whether police wounded any hostages, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said on Monday, “That’s all part of the investigation, but here’s what I will tell you: Those killings are on the suspect and the suspect alone, in my mind. All our officers acted heroically, as they were trained, and under the circumstances, did an unbelievable job.”

FBI Director Warn Bureau to Be Prepared for ‘Second-Guessing’ after Orlando Shooting

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey defended the bureau’s handling of Omar Mateen before the Orlando nightclub massacre, but warned of a “fair amount of second-guessing about our work.”

“We have taken a pretty close look at our prior contact with the Orlando killer,” Comey said in the message, which was relayed to ABC News. “At this time, it sure looks to me like our folks did what they are supposed to do. But, as we always do, we will take a deep look back to see what we can learn.”

Comey also noted “the irony” of recent reports, with some suggesting the FBI is too aggressive on terrorism and others suggesting the bureau isn’t aggressive enough.

“How did this terrible thing happen? That’s part of who we are as a people, and it can be a good thing if focused on continually finding ways to improve processes, tools, or authorities,” Comey wrote in his message on Wednesday. “Of course, the desire to fix sometimes morphs into an unproductive search for people or institutions to blame, and can reflect a certain national naivete about whether bad things can really be avoided in all situations. And the risk of it becoming unproductive is particularly high in polarized political environments. But I choose to see our second-guessing culture as a healthy part of our remarkable national identity. So please, don’t let second-guessing throw you.”

House Homeland Security Committee to Investigate FBI’s Response to Orlando Shooter

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said his committee will hold overnight hearings to determine whether the FBI could have done more to investigate the Orlando shooter before the massacre, ABC News reports.

“There are some disturbing flags going up in this case that we’re going to take a close look at,” the Texas Republican said on ABC’s “This Week,” adding, “The FBI tells me they didn’t have predication to detain or arrest” the alleged shooter, Omar Mateen, in its prior investigations of him.

“We do know he was on the radar several times saying he had affiliations with al Qaeda, terrorist organizations. We know he was close or attended the same mosque with the suicide bomber in Syria out of Florida,” McCaul said.

McCaul cautioned of future attacks.

“This will not be the last attack in the United States. I’m certain that there is another individual like Mateen out there who is radicalizing as we speak,” he said.