Transcripts released last week by the Orlando Police Department have shed new light on the mindset of Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in June. Despite the Obama administration’s desperate attempts to convince us that Islam played little role in motivating Mateen, the new details prove that the killer was deeply entrenched in ISIS propaganda.
In phone conversations with hostage negotiators, Mateen said the death of an ISIS leader had inspired him to carry out one of the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history.
“Yo, the airstrike that killed Abu Wahid a few weeks ago – that’s what triggered it, okay?” Mateen told the negotiator.
It’s fair to say that Abu Wahid is a name that seldom comes up around the dinner table in most American households. In terms of “famous” terrorists, he’s not quite on the level of Osama Bin Laden or even ISIS head honcho Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He’s not the kind of name you would mention if you were just using ISIS as a philosophical excuse to go out and slaughter gays.
But if you are the kind of nutjob who spends all of your free time watching Islamic State propaganda videos and working yourself up into an anti-American frenzy, then you might be familiar with Mr. Wahid. He was a major player in the group’s internet activities and he’s appeared in their online videos on a number of occasions. Wahid was killed in Iraq only a few weeks before the Orlando tragedy.
In an interview with reporters, Seamus Hughes of George Washington University said that you would have to be an “avid consumer” of ISIS material to know about Wahid’s death.
“This isn’t somebody who decided that night he was going to wrap his personal grievances around ISIS,” Hughes said.
On the night of the massacre, Mateen said U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria had left him with no other choice.
“What am I to do here when my people are getting killed over there, you get what I’m saying?” he said.
When the first series of partial transcripts were released to the public this summer, you may recall that Attorney General Loretta Lynch tried to censor the material, removing some specific Islam-related comments made by the shooter. After a wave of outrage, she relented, and we discovered that Mateen pledged allegiance to Baghdadi in much the same way the San Bernardino terrorists did. Even then, the DOJ insisted on changing any mentions of “Allah” to “God.”
That was disgusting enough at the time, but remember: Lynch and the rest of Obama’s cronies saw these detailed transcripts at the time. They knew that this wasn’t an anti-homosexual murder spree. They knew it didn’t have anything to do with Hispanic bigotry. They knew exactly what it was and they came before the American people and said, Hey, who knows, right? It’s unknowable!
No, it isn’t. We knew that then and we surely know it now.
God help us if we have to endure another four years of this nonsense.