In an explosive revelation, a Florida gun store owner revealed on Thursday that he had contacted the FBI about Omar Mateen about a month before the Orlando nightclub shooter’s bloody rampage — after the would-be killer attempted to purchase body armor and a large amount of ammunition, according to The Hill.
Owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Robert Abell, said Mateen was turned away when he tried to purchase two types of body armor the store did not carry, as well as 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
According to the report in The Hill:
The store contacted the FBI, which was also investigating a group of Middle Eastern men buying police gear at the store. The men turned out to be security guards. The FBI asked about Mateen’s visit, but the store couldn’t provide any identifying details or security camera footage.
Store employees realized that the man was Mateen after his picture circulated in the media in the wake of the massacre that left 49 people dead. Mateen was killed by police when they raided the nightclub.
Although the media narrative has centered around Mateen’s alleged pledge of support to ISIS in a call to 911, and in a post to Facebook during the attack, writing, “You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes … now taste the Islamic state vengeance,” the head of the CIA, John Brennan, told a Senate intelligence committee that the intelligence agency has found absolutely no connection between the Islamic State terror group and Mateen.
These revelations raise some startling questions as the two presidential candidates, as well as President Obama, have blamed ISIS, seemingly contradicting the sentiments of the CIA and Brennan in his testimony to the Senate.
So why would the politicians be running with this “Islamic terrorism” narrative when the intelligence community says that he had no connections to ISIS?
The easy answer would be to garner more control by utilizing this crisis as a means of harnessing public opinion toward achieving certain policy goals.
A geopolitical war for energy considerations, which underpin the global economy, rages in Syria as the Western imperial alliance. The U.S. desperately wants to topple the Assad government and install an American puppet in an effort to elicit more leverage over their primary strategic opponent – Russia.
It seems there is a dual strategy being employed, using the Orlando massacre as a tool to garner support for increased military activity in the Syrian theater, as well using the attack as a wedge to drive support for increased gun control measures in the United States. Yesterday, in a move that seemingly reinforces the idea that an intentional media narrative is being driven from above, we reported that the FBI had directed Mateen’s ex-wife to not tell the U.S. media that he was actually gay.
From listening to the mainstream media one would assume that Mateen was an ISIS operative directed to attack by the terrorist group – a contention that has absolutely no merit or validity – and yet this has been relentlessly parroted to the American public by the biggest media talking heads and names in U.S politics.
The question remains as to whether the FBI simply dropped the ball, after being warned a month prior by Abell, or if there was some type of intentional negligence in allowing Mateen to not be further investigated and put under surveillance – especially considering the fact that he had previously been investigated by the FBI and was under surveillance for 10 months.
The FBI had interviewed Mateen no less than 3 times, thus a call regarding his attempt to buy body armor and a large amount of ammunition should have precipitated a more proactive response.
The more we learn, the stranger things seem to become in this case. The one thing that is unmistakable is that the media narrative is being driven to affect a political agenda – the truth be damned!
Jay Syrmopoulos is a political analyst, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, Raw Story, MintPress News, as well as many other sites such as TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.