BREAKING: New Details Emerge About the Fort Lauderdale Shooter
Update (01/07/2017): Yesterday, we reported the claim that the Fort Lauderdale shooter turned himself over the FBI, claiming that he was being forced to fight for ISIS. Today, more on that claim, via Townhall:
The FBI had a formal interview with alleged gunman Estaban Santiago, the 26-year-old airline passenger accused of shooting up a baggage claim area at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood airport Friday, in November of 2016 according to Fox News. He told agents at an Anchorage field office that he was being forced to watch ISIS videos.
The sources told Fox News that Santiago thought US intelligence had infiltrated his mind and were forcing him to watch ISIS propaganda videos.
The FBI did not investigate the case any further after the interview and instead called local authorities who took custody of him and brought him to a local hospital for a welfare check.
If this is true, it's a black mark for the American national security state. Apparently these people are really great at illegally surveilling the American people and fondling grandmothers, but they have no idea what to do when a mentally ill man set on committing a violent act turns himself in.
The suspected Fort Lauderdale shooter made a shocking claim, according to CBS Miami:
His aunt, according to nj.com, said after a tour of duty in Iraq, he “lost his mind” and was hospitalized at one point for mental health issues.
According to the Associated Press, the Pentagon said he went AWOL several times as a specialist during a stint with the Alaska National Guard and was demoted to private first class. He was given a general discharge, which is different from an honorable discharge.
In November 2016, he walked into an FBI office in Anchorage claiming that he was being forced to fight for ISIS and was sent to a psychiatric hospital, officials revealed.
If Santiago's claim is even close to true, then a severely mentally ill veteran seems to have approached American law enforcement, admitted involvement with terrorist organizations, or, at the very least, terrorist impulses, and he was left free to roam the streets.
If that version is anything close to true, then this horrific attack may have been entirely preventable.