First, let me say how insanely tragic this is, and offer my hopes that they all rest in power and peace, and the victims’ families eventually find some measure of peace, as well. How, I have no idea.
Second, when I read that headline at RT early this morning, then saw this:
“At this time we’re looking at all angles right now,” an FBI official said.
He was asked if the shooter might have possible connections with extremists. “We do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings towards that particular ideology [extremism]. But right now we can’t say definitively so we’re still running everything around,” he added.”
…you might forgive me for reckoning that the Fibbie had been alluding to a hate crime against LGBT, yes? But given that there were already 599 comments at the time, I checked a few; most were ignorant, of course, but the word ‘Muslim’ was popping up here and there. Hmmmm, perhaps Pulse was more by way of a Muslin gay night clubs, so I went looking further.
When I saw a link to the GoS akin to: ‘This is _rump’s doing!’, I figured it might indeed have been a loosely Muslim club.
But oh no; clicking into the Guardian’s coverage brought this:
“Police confirmed several “suspicious devices” were found in and around the nightclub, including one on the gunman and one on his car.
“This is an incident, as I see it, that we can definitely classify as a domestic terrorism incident,” said the Orange County sheriff, Jerry Demings.
When asked if the suspect had any affiliation with Islamic State, the FBI assistant agent in charge, Ron Hopper, said: “We do have suspicions that the individual may have leanings toward that ideology.” Though when pushed as to what led him to believe that, he clarified that all possibilities were being investigated.”
The Guardian has live updates, and now says:
“Several news outlets identified the gunman as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, Florida. The FBI said it had a “positive identification” of the shooter though it has not yet released a name as it is in the process of notifying his family.” [snip]
(The killer was shot dead by police SWAT teams, a controlled demolition opening a hole in a wall for an ‘armored vehicle’ to get in.)
“Police initially said about 20 people had been killed in the attack, with 42 injured, *but later revised the death toll up to 50, with *53 hospitalised, including one police officer who had been shot in the head but whose “life had been saved by his Kevlar helmet”. They confirmed the gunman was armed with an assault rifle, handgun and “some kind of device”.
In a press conference on Sunday morning, an FBI spokesman said investigators believed the attacker may have had extremist beliefs, and would consider possible links to Isis, but cautioned they were pursuing multiple leads.”
“Intelligence officials “believe that there is some link to Isis”, Florida senator Bill Nelson has just told reporters at a press conference. He cautioned repeatedly that the information is tentative.
Well, 50 gays executed at Latino dance night at Pulse; how does that community not feel targeted and terrified? Of course, no one likely knows if the shooter even knew it was an LGBT club, but we/they can’t discount that he did.
Earlier coverage had said that the shooter’s parents were Afghanis, now some are reporting that the shooter is as well.
What next, is of course a big question.
Allow me to wax ahead somewhat cynically, please, and hope that I’m wrong.
First, one would assume that the FBI is in charge of the investigation, not that the police and sheriffs will like that one bit. That seems to be so, as Ben Nelson has deferred to that agency.
Oh, tiddly-pom all to hell to hell and back:
“On CNN a few minutes earlier, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said that he had also heard from intelligence officials about a possible link. Schiff also observed similarities between the Pulse attack and that at the Bataclan in Paris last year, “all highly indicative of an Isil-inspired attack.”
Zo…my guess is that it will be declared an ISIS attack. That will mean, for one thing, that all the new doo-dah about the FBI’s expanded surveillance powers and abilities to hack into any of our phones, computers, social networking things will go forward. As I understand it, the House recently and overwhelmingly had passes a bill trying to curtail it; correct me if I’d misread headlines.
✔ @damianpaletta “Rep. Schiff, who is always cautious, says Dept. of Homeland Security told him Orlando shooter made pledge of allegiance to Islamic State.”
Muslim leaders may believe that it’s so, and are hastening to condemn the violence, urging all to say what they know, and to give blood.
Of course gun control legislation will again be urged, and Muslims will be quaking in their boots in fear of retaliation. Nationalistic jingoism will be out of control, as usual; how tragic and ignorant.
And even if the murders were Daesh/IS inspired, how tragic it is that so few will stop to consider that the Western Imperium’s wars, occupations, and killing and dislocating brown people all over the world in ‘The Never-ending War on Terra’ have pulled the trigger on all of this. When will they ever learn?