New information has been unearthed about the Fort Lauderdale shooter’s alleged Muslim faith and ties to radical Islam, yet the mainstream media has tried to bury it, instead framing Esteban Santiago as a white Hispanic, mentally-ill war veteran.
Judicial Watch reported:
The Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter is a Muslim convert who years before joining the U.S. Army took on an Islamic name (Aashiq Hammad), downloaded terrorist propaganda and recorded Islamic religious music online, according to public records dug up by the investigative news site of an award-winning, California journalist. This is pertinent information that the Obama administration apparently wants to keep quiet, bringing up memories of the Benghazi cover up, in which the president and his cohorts knowingly lied to conceal that Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Special Mission in Libya.
Only one mainstream media outlet mentions the possibility of Santiago’s “jihadist identity,” burying it in a piece about New York possibly being his initial target. A paragraph deep in the story mentions that investigators recovered Santiago’s computer from a pawn shop and the FBI is examining it to determine whether he created a “jihadist identity for himself using the name Aashiq Hammad…” The rest of the traditional mainstream media coverage promotes the government rhetoric that omits any ties to terrorism even though early on a photo surfaced of Santiago making an ISIS salute while wearing a keffiyeh, a Palestinian Arab scarf.
Public records were unearthed shortly after the attack that strongly suggest Santiago’s (Hammad) Islamic faith and ties to radical Islamic terrorism.
In addition to Santiago taking on a Muslim name, he also recorded three Islamic religious songs which included the Shahada — the Muslim declaration of faith (“there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”).
Santiago also allegedly posted a thread on a weapons and explosives forum about downloading propaganda videos from Islamic terrorists.
Judicial Watch reported: “The investigative news site that unearthed this disturbing information connected the dots between Santiago, who is of Puerto Rican descent, and Hammad, an identity he created in 2007.”
Judicial Watch also fleshed out the question of why Santiago would have chosen Ft. Lauderdale, and it isn’t something you’re likely to see in the mainstream media.
Judicial Watch discussed the “large and growing Islamic community” in Ft. Lauderdale and expanded further:
In 2015 Judicial Watch obtained records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) that show and Al Qaeda terrorist who helped plan several U.S. attacks lived in Broward County and graduated from the local community college with a degree in computer engineering. His name is Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, but he also had a Hispanic identity, Javier Robles, and for years he appeared on the FBI’s most wanted list. Back in 2012 Judicial Watch reported on a terrorist front group’s demands that Broward County public schools close twice a year to celebrate Islamic holy days, illustrating the influence that Muslims have in the region.