FBI: Ft. Lauderdale Shooter Came to Airport ‘Specifically to Carry Out’ Attack
Jan 7, 2017 by Monica Sanchez
(Image via Twitter)
Miami FBI Special Agent George Piro said in a press conference on Saturday that the suspected gunman who opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport “came here specifically to carry out this horrific attack.”
As to the possible motive for the deadly shooting on Friday that left five people killed and several injured, Piro said, “We have not identified any triggers that would have caused this attack.”
“We have not ruled out anything,” he added. “We continue to look at all avenues, all motives.”
Many questions loom as the FBI’s investigation continues.
The shooter has been identified as Esteban Santiago, a 26-year-old who lives in Alaska and served in the Alaska Army National Guard for nine years.
He reportedly declared his weapon, a semi-automatic 9 mm handgun, on a flight from Alaska to Florida.
Santiago retrieved his checked handgun upon arrival at baggage claim, where he pulled out his weapon and opened fire, killing five people and injuring 13.
Three of those injured are currently in critical condition at a local hospital.
There is suspicion that Santiago had mental health issues.
He served in the Alaska Army National Guard from Nov. 2014 to Aug. 2016. Just months after being discharged for unsatisfactory performance, Santiago in early November reportedly checked himself into the FBI office in Anchorage, “telling agents he was being directed by a US intelligence agency to fight for ISIS,” law enforcement sources told CNN.
He was turned over to local authorities and voluntarily submitted to a mental health evaluation.
It is unclear why or how Santiago had access to a weapon following his encounter with the FBI.
The motive for the shooting rampage remains uncertain, though the FBI is “continuing to look at the terrorism angle,” Piro told reporters Saturday.
Santiago will be charged today and is currently sitting in county jail.
Five people were killed and six more suffered gunshot wounds on Friday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when Esteban Santiago took out a gun he had checked from Anchorage, Alaska, loaded it in the baggage claim area’s restroom, and began shooting.
When Florida State Representative Jake Raburn (R-Lithia) learned of Friday’s shooting, he told the Sun-Sentinel, “I do personally feel like had this bill been in place already, there could have been the potential for people to protect themselves in that situation.”
Raburn was referring to a bill, HB 6001, that he filed on November 23 that would have allowed those carrying concealed to do so in any part of the airport terminal that is outside of a “secure” area protected by metal detectors.
Raburn told the Miami Herald, “There’s always the potential — if it were allowed and there were someone in that area that had a concealed weapon — that it could have gone differently. I’m not going to say that it would have, because my understanding is we’re talking about a span of time that’s less than a minute. It may not have changed anything. But had I been there waiting to pick up my family from the airport and had it happened near me, I would have been prepared to defend myself and my family.”
State Senator Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) filed a similar bill (SB 140) on December 9, but his would also open up “gun free” zones currently in place at government meetings, schools, and colleges. Said Raburn: “While I have supported other bills that are rolled into Senator Steube’s package, this was the one that was most important to me. I carry my weapon wherever I go, but I travel a lot and it’s something I’ve thought about a lot as I have to comply with the law.”
Steube’s bill is currently before the Senate Judiciary committee, while Raburn’s has not yet been assigned to a committee for review. Florida’s legislative session starts in March, and the bills, if passed, would both go into effect July 1.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is opposed Raburn’s bill. He declared, “I’m opposed to it, just as I am opposed to open carry in schools. It makes us less safe, as it would hinder law enforcement by legally allowing potential active shooters to openly carry their deadly weapons right into airports to carry out their heinous attacks.”
Sorry, Sheriff Israel. Raburn’s bill applies to concealed carry, not open carry. The presence of firearms makes those locations moresafe, not less (see John Lott’s book More Guns, Less Crime). “Potential active shooters” already “carry their deadly weapons right into airports” (see Fort Lauderdale shooting). Weapons are only “deadly” when they are misused.
Israel expanded on his misunderstanding: When you have a person [who] could be suffering from a severe mental illness, or you have what we call a lone wolf assassin ready to conduct some cowardly, heinous act, there’s not much law enforcement or anybody else can do about it.
You’re partially correct, Sheriff Israel: When seconds count, law enforcement is minutes away. The only possible defense against such a “lone wolf assassin” or someone “suffering from a severe mental illness” is a person who is already on the spot and is legally carrying concealed, trained in the defensive use of his firearm. Otherwise, Sheriff Israel, you and your people will only be conducting forensics following such “cowardly, heinous” acts.
It was predictable that another Florida representative, this time House member Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the disgraced former head of the DNC, would weigh in on the matter. An anti-Second Amendment politician, Schultz stated, “We need to take a hard look at the security around baggage claim areas.… There are many unsecure areas in facilities [where] the public travels … so certainly those procedures need to be reviewed. I’m going to be addressing that when I go back to Washington.”
Known as the Gunshine State for its relatively light touch on the right to keep and bear arms, Florida is way behind the curve when it comes to concealed carry in airports. Forty-four states allow lawful concealed carry of firearms in the common terminal and baggage claim areas of airports. Florida is one of just six states that puts the entire airport terminal off limits to firearms, making it one of the most restrictive states in the country in that regard.
An Ivy League graduate and former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media Evil: CBS Portrays White Chicago Torture Victim as Black Teen Assaulted by Whites
Jan 9, 2017 by Selwyn Duke
You’ve likely seen the sickening video. A mentally handicapped white teenager, having been abducted and bound, is then tortured by four black tormentors; they force him to say “F*** Trump!” and “F*** white people!” and flick cigarette ashes on a wound. They even make him drink from a toilet. Sadly, this also appears to be where one media outlet reporting on the story got its copy.
In what one commentator called “the single most despicable act of media bias I have ever encountered,” a Thursday morning CBS radio report (audio below) on the crime left listeners with the impression that the victim was a handicapped black teen — tortured by four white Trump supporters. Here’s the text of the broadcast, as rendered by Mediaite:
The viral video of a beating and knife attack in Chicago suggests the assault had racial overtones. CBS’s Dean Reynolds tells us the victim is described as a mentally-challenged teenager.
In the video he is choked and repeatedly called the n-word. His clothes are slashed and he is terrorized with a knife. His alleged captors repeatedly reference Donald Trump. Police are holding four people in connection with the attack. [Emphasis added by Mediaite.]
The broadcast was artful, in a Joseph Goebbels kind of way. As Mediaite points out, “The report is technically correct, but widely misleading. By noting the attackers used the n-word during a racially-motivated attack while ‘referencing’ Donald Trump, the clear implication is that the victim was black and his attackers were racist Trump fans.”
This risible reportage much reminds me of the old Cold War-era joke about a Soviet car losing in a race with an American car. The USSR report on the story went, “Soviet car comes in second in race. American car finishes next to last.”
Unfortunately, CBS’ sleight-of-hand is no laughing matter. Deceptive and disproportionate reporting on incidents involving blacks hurt or killed by whites (whether justified, as in self-defense actions, or not) have sparked anger leading to blacks attacking innocent people in retaliation. Lies kill. Does this matter at all to CBS?
It should also be emphasized what such dark reporting artistry implies. American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson explains, “Consider for a moment how difficult it must have been for CBS News employees to make themselves bulletproof (in their minds, at least) by being factual, yet create a counterfactual message in the minds of its listeners. This is the sort of lying that takes skill and practice.” It also had to have been carefully and calculatedly crafted, oriented toward a conscious goal to deceive.
One could wonder if those responsible for the report are cowards, fools, or sociopaths, but all that is currently known is that the fake news was delivered by long-time mainstream-media figure Dean Reynolds. As Lifson points out, we “have no way of knowing if Reynolds prepared the copy he [read] himself, or if it was prepared for him to read. I think that would be an important question for the head of CBS News [to] ascertain — if CBS has any integrity at all.”
Unfortunately, CBS is not alone; integrity is in short supply throughout the mainstream media. Just consider NBC’s deception vis-à-vis the 2012 shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin by community watchman George Zimmerman, where the network purposely edited the latter’s 911 call to make him appear bigoted. As National Review reported in 2014, first presenting part of the conversation between Zimmerman and the police dispatcher:
Dispatcher: Sanford Police Department.
Zimmerman: Hey we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy, uh, it’s Retreat View Circle, um, the best address I can give you is 111 Retreat View Circle. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy is he white, black, or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
Now compare that to what NBC reported on March 19, 2012, deleting the dispatcher’s critical question to make it sound as if Zimmerman both: (a) volunteered that Trayvon was black and, worse yet, (b) said Trayvon was up to no good because he was black. According to NBC’s report, Zimmerman stated: “He looks like he’s up to no good, he looks black.”
The dispatcher’s key question, asking for Trayvon’s race, curiously wound up on the cutting room floor.
We can’t know if NBC was driven by the quest for ratings, the desire to push a leftist narrative, or both. And an NBC producer ultimately was fired over the vile incident. Yet the damage caused by it — and biased reporting in the rest of the media — was done: A spate of attacks on innocent people ensued, sometimes resulting in murder.
As for the media’s murder of the truth, can anything be done? Lifson proposes one idea:
Does the Federal Communications Commission have any jurisdiction over the deliberate broadcast of false, inflammatory reports designed to mislead the public? I know that radio and television licenses are granted on the condition that stations operate “in the public interest.” CBS maintains a large collection of “owned and operated” affiliates in the television industry — 14 major markets — and owns and operates 117 radio stations in all of the major markets, most or all of which may have broadcast the deliberate distortion. These broadcast licenses are worth many billions of dollars, and according to Variety, the corporate parent is planning to sell off the radio group.
Deliberate distortion of the news to create an impression exactly opposite of the true facts cannot be considered operating in the public interest, can it? Particularly when the report could reasonably be expected to aggravate racial tensions.
There may be an opportunity available for a challenge to CBS’s broadcast licenses on the basis of deliberate, racially inflammatory falsehoods being broadcast. A major broadcaster at the time, RKO General, was stripped of the license to broadcast on Channel 7 in Boston for corporate misbehavior, suffering a loss valued well into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Whatever remedies we pursue in a given situation, however, they are but sticking fingers in holes in a dam. Just as people get the government they deserve, they also, in a sense, get the media they deserve. As long as Americans continue imbibing mainstream-media fake news, as opposed to giving their eyes and ears to and thus empowering legitimate new-media sources, they’ll continue being faked out. To use a twist on Timothy Leary’s famous line, it’s time to turn on, tune in, and drop out — of the Mainstream Media Matrix.
The Corporate Media did the same thing with the airport shooter….painted his picture to look white, when he is not.