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posted by takyon on Sunday June 12 2016, @06:00PM   Printer-friendly

A suspected Islamic terrorist opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 50 people and wounding another 53 before he was killed by police. While authorities continue to investigate to determine whether this man had ties to ISIS, the terror organization has not been quiet in praising the attack. This comes three days after ISIS announced they would attack somewhere in Florida. Today's attack marks the largest act of terrorism on US soil since 9/11.

takyon: The gunman reportedly called 911 emergency services to pledge allegiance to ISIS. The President will hold a briefing momentarily. Compare this article to the original submission.

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday June 13 2016, @04:18AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 13 2016, @04:18AM (#359139) Journal

    But that's kind of the point. We know Mateen identified as Muslim, but we have no evidence that he was devout, much less fundamentalist. According to reports, Mateen seemed more motivated by homophobia than Islam.

    Eric Rudolph would be a good example of a Christian terrorist.

    No, I don't grant that. I could see someone committing a violent act and faking a religious belief either as false flag or to throw authorities off their trail. So I grant that. But this guy went beyond just faking phone calls with a visit to the Middle East and some degree of contact with ISIS.

  • (Score: 2) by sjames on Monday June 13 2016, @04:39AM

    by sjames (2882) on Monday June 13 2016, @04:39AM (#359159) Journal

    Can you point to a source about the visit? I haven't seen that. I do see in updated information that he was once investigated by the FBI with no action taken for comments he was supposed to have made at work, then again for having had contact with a U.S. citizen who later became a suicide bomber but he was determined not to be a threat. That suggests to me that the 911 call might have held an element of sarcasm towards the FBI.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @05:31AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13 2016, @05:31AM (#359174)

      Seems to have gone on the hajj [] which is not particularly note-worthy since even half-assed muslims do it (kind of like cafeteria catholics) and its in saudi which is the land of fundamentalism but also where they are scared shitless of isis (was isis even a thing in 2012?)

      > having had contact with a U.S. citizen who later became a suicide bomber

      for al qaeda [] too, not even isis

      reports from his ex-wife (whom he beat) are that he was just an asshole [] and not particularly religious
      co-worker confirms his long-standing asshole nature too []