It has been revealed that the homegrown terrorist that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando took time out of his attack to post hate messages justifying his rampage on social media platforms. The Senate Homeland Security Committee has released the content of those posts.
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson released the posts to Fox News on Wednesday. Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old radicalized Muslim, entered the club at 2:00 am. In the hours between entering the club and being shot down by police Mateen stopped his rampage to make up to 16 calls to pledge his allegiance to ISIS and post several messages of hate to social media. Some of his messages can be read below:
- “I pledge my alliance to (ISIS leader) abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me, The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west”
- “You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance.”
- “America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state,”
Johnson has stated that, along with posting to social media, Mateen also used Facebook to search the news for himself and terms like “Pulse Orlando”, “shooting” and the names of the jihadist couple that committed the San Bernardino terror attack to see if his actions had garnered media attention.
His final post before being killed by police is an ominous threat against the United States. It reads:
“In the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the usa.”
Investigations show that Mateen had up to five social media profiles that he used before and during the attack. They have all since been deactivated for the investigation. Johnson called Facebook representatives to request all information the company has on Mateen to review Mateen’s activity logs, Facebook timeline information, Facebook messages, photos, and posts. Facebook has been given a deadline of June 29 to hand over the information.