Authorities told the media that they are still searching for clues as to motive in the case of the Florida mass killer Esteban Santiago. However, they do believe with some certainty that he traveled to Florida to carry out the attack.
Much is being made of his being an Iraq war veteran because that is the narrative the media prefers.
Santiago killed five innocent travelers and wounded six others at the busy Hollywood airport in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Authorities during a news conference Saturday morning said Santiago appeared to have traveled to Florida from Anchorage specifically to carry out the attacks. Terrorism has not been ruled out.
He Traveled to Florida to Carry Out the Attack
The suspect is cooperative and FBI Agent George Piro and others spoke with him for several hours.
“Indications are that he came here to carry out this horrific attack,” Piro said. “We have not identified any triggers that would have caused the attack. We’re pursuing all angles on what prompted him to carry out this horrific attack.”
They are combing through social media.
Santiago, of Puerto Rican descent, acted alone and was not on a no-fly list. He was given a general discharge from the National Guard after being demoted four months ago for unsatisfactory performance. He has numerous traffic violations, accusations of criminal assault in a domestic complaint, and was once investigated for child porn.
The family said he was hearing voices and his personality changed after his tour in Iraq, Yahoo news reported.
If he is insane, it didn’t affect his ability to pre-plan this act of terror nor did it keep him from reloading again and again as he shot through luggage to get at people hiding behind it. He was able to think about shooting people in the head in a precise manner.
He Could Be a Puerto Rican Islamic Terrorist
The photo below shows Esteban Santiago making a finger gesture. The ISIS index finger signal is a a sign of their cause.
A 2014 report said ISIS fighters were “now using a single, raised index finger as the symbol of their cause” that refers to the tawhid, “the belief in the oneness of God and a key component of the Muslim religion.”
This could also mean nothing.
The Middle Eastern keffiyeh he is wearing around his neck as Palestinians do is also interesting.
In 2007, someone employing the username “Naota33”, the same as Santiago’s e-mail, posted on an explosives and weapons forum on a thread about mass-downloading propaganda videos from Islamic terrorists, reports Got News.
“Naota33” comments that “the first link is the only one that works”, indicating he tried to download multiple videos of radical Islamic jihadist propaganda online.
“Naota” seems to be a reference to a Japanese anime cartoon Naota Nandaba, Got News wrote. That was mentioned because his penchant for the cartoons helped prove these connections.
Additional proof can be found at Got News.
Note here that this was in 2007 when he was 17. He served in Iraq from 2010 to 2011. The PTSD story falls apart if this is accurate.
Other Possible Links
The killer lived one block from the only Mosque in Alaska.
Some are reporting he wrote about Islam on social media.
— Boca Vista (@bocavista2016) January 6, 2017
His Family Suggests He has PTSD
His family suggested he was losing his mind. CNBC quoted his brother saying Esteban was “fighting with a lot of people” and was “sometimes good” and “sometimes weird.”
Santiago thought he was forced to watch ISIS videos.
In November , Santiago walked into the FBI’s office in Anchorage and claimed his mind was being controlled by a U.S. intelligence agency and the CIA was forcing him to watch ISIS videos, federal law enforcement officials told NBC News.
Santiago was clear that he didn’t intend to harm anyone, but the FBI was concerned by his erratic behavior and called police and he was taken to a mental health facility for an evaluation, FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro of the Miami division told reporters Friday night.
“We looked at his contacts, we did our interagency checks and everything and at that point we closed our assessment,” Piro said.
The FBI could have put him on a no-fly list but did not.
The brother also told CNBC he didn’t know if Esteban had PTSD.
Additionally, ABC News reported:
A senior law enforcement official said that Santiago walked into the Anchorage FBI field office in November 2016, after his discharge from the military and said he was under mind control by a U.S. intelligence agency.
The official said he appeared incoherent and agitated, saying the U.S. government was trying to force him to watch ISIS videos.
Shouldn’t the FBI have put him on a no-fly list?
Crazy jihadi? Aren’t they all?
Airports are gun-free zones, leaving victims helpless. The media wants rules and guards when all they need are guns.