Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen’s bloody rampage at an Orlando gay nightclub shocked the nation.
Now, Facebook has revealed the killer took time during the slaughter to stop — and post chilling status updates.
While his victims texted heartbreaking last words to loved ones from the blood-drenched floors of packed bathrooms, Mateen turned to social media to measure the viral shockwaves his attack on a gay nightclub had generated.
As this grief-stricken city prepares to bury the first of the 49 who perished at the Pulse dance club, a Senate Committee has asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg for help uncovering the trail of hate Mateen left behind in cyberspace.
“The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west,” the 29-year-old American-born Muslim wrote on one of at least five Facebook accounts believed to be associated with him, according to the letter from Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
“I pledge my alliance to (ISIS leader) abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me,” Fox News reported Mateen wrote in one post. “You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes..now taste the Islamic state vengeance.”
The call comes as President Barack Obama prepares to visit Orlando on Thursday. On Wednesday, drag queens and motorcyclists paid their respects at a visitation for Javier Jorge-Reyes, beginning the long procession of rainbow-hued sendoffs for Mateen’s victims.
In the letter released Wednesday, Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, said the security guard and wannabe police officer took time Sunday to search on Facebook for “Pulse Orlando” and “Shooting.” The attack took place early that morning.
The letter also said Mateen made a series of Facebook posts in addition to performing the searches, and that the activity online took place before and during his attack. It does not specify what took place when.
A person familiar with the situation who is not authorized to speak publicly said the Facebook posts came moments before the attack began.
“America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state,” he wrote that morning, according to the letter. As he did in his call to a 911 operator during the massacre, Mateen pledged his allegiance on Facebook to the leader of the Islamic State and, in his final post, warned: “in the next few days you will see attacks from the Islamic state in the usa.”
The committee asked Facebook to produce information on Mateen’s online activity and to provide a briefing to the panel. A spokesman for the FBI did not immediately return a call for comment, and Facebook had no immediate comment.
The three-hour rampage began at 2 a.m. Sunday and ended with Mateen being killed by a police SWAT team. The FBI said it is still gathering evidence at Pulse and analyzing cellphone location data to piece together Mateen’s activities leading up to the massacre.
On Saturday night, hours before the rampage, Mateen visited Disney Springs, an outdoor restaurant, retail and entertainment complex at Walt Disney World, an official who was briefed on the case but insisted on anonymity to discuss the continuing investigation told The Associated Press.
The official said it is not clear what Mateen was up to.
A key topic for investigators is how much Mateen’s Palestinian-American wife may have known about the plot. An official who was briefed on the case but insisted on anonymity to discuss a continuing investigation said authorities believe 30-year-old U.S.-born Noor Salman knew ahead of time about the attack.
Investigators have spoken extensively with her and are working to establish whether she recently accompanied Mateen to the club, said a second official who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley repeatedly refused to say whether charges might be brought against the wife or anyone else.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
John G says
ISIS – cowards all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
J. Namrog says
Muslim/ISIS has brought the fight to America. Now it’s time to take the fight back to ISIS/Muslim. Send them all to Allah!
Its hard when Obammy is their Daddy and Protects them
Peter Joffe says
Have you noticed that with this killer, his left eye is lower on his face than his right eye? Is this an indication of his crooked mind? And his warped view of the wonders of killing defenseless people? This Islamist and all of Islam for that matter is a disease of major proportions and must be defeated by all means possible. Please note that Trump did not say that he opposed gun control. He said that he supported a list of potential terrorists and that (of course) they should not be free to buy guns. To the Democrats all citizens are potential terrorists and the same goes for the armed forces – take away their guns as they may use them on some well armed and dangerous Islamists???
Trump is CORRECT in his assessment of not being able to screen Muslim immigrants from various middle east hotbeds, and that potential terrorist immigration to this country must CEASE until these potential terrorist can be properly vetted.
I have yet to hear of a Christian being radicalized either in the middle east OR via the internet.
Shouldn’t this tell us something?
A “Christian” being radicalized? How about George Lincoln Rockwell of the American Nazi Party? How about the late “Tim McVeigh?” How about any member of the so-called far right Christian hate groups?
There are hate groups from everywhere. There are a small number of Christian hate groups – kkk was one. When people truly believe that god is talking to them or is being told by some manipulator that god is talking to them then you have the basis for hate crime. It takes more imagination to use Christianity for hate crimes than Islam because Islam preaches death to infidels. That is pretty extreme and is the reason Islam is not a true religion, but some cult. If we accept a religion to simply be a love for a god then you could have a religion that preaches using an atomic bomb to blow away all other religious people. Islam needs to have the status of religion removed until the Quran removes the hate and death. Then we can collect property taxes on the Mosques and close them if there is any subversive activity. Omuslim is doing just the opposite, so we will have to wait for Trump to be elected president.
I will add that Baby Bush and his “war crime” of getting us into a war by selling it to the American people over a years time of constant propaganda, is responsible for creating haters of the USA. What would you do if a country such as China sent troops and invaded the USA and killed your family? Would you become a terrorist against China? Bush and our invasion of Iraq created the terrorists and ISIS along with the help of Oliar. That is my opinion.
Bush lied – search youtube for “a_cciUzoLwo” or for “leading to war”
It began long before Bush – check your history!
MUSLIMS AGAIN !!! KILL ALL THEM BASTARDS B4 THEY KILL US…WE R PREPARED FOR THEM HERE…WRONG ANSWERS WILL GET U KILLED ON THE SPOT. !!!!!
I’ll go out on a limb here and say you’re not a fan of science fiction. If you were, you’d know better than to create a concrete test for something as INconcrete as what exactly qualifies one as “American.” (A definition based on a combination of political and religious ideology is a recipe for national suicide)
It all stems from the black Muslim in the WH who is a coward and liar. He continues to stoke the fires of division in this country. It starts at the top and the slime drips continuously. We’ve endured this garbage for 7+years and most people are sick and tired of it. GOD Heal this nation and rid us of EVIL.
Sounds like you need healed from the hatred in you, which is evil.
GAY OBAMA WILL GIVE THE SIGNAL SOON FOR HIE ISIS FRIENDS AND USLIMS TO KILL US..WE MUST ACT FIRST..KILL THEM ALL !! TAKE NO PRISONERS.!! LET THEIR FALSE GOD ALLAH SORT THEM OUT !!!!
NEW POSTER GOING AROUND…”SAVE A LIFE…KILL A MUSLIM TODAY””..
No, killing is not the solution. Americans are better and smarter than that. We will not become them. They are sheep in the Lions den.
More like venomous snakes that only know attack-bite. Eventually, they die themselves because they never food-bite, but by then they’re surrounded by waste and decay.
No, killing is not the solution. Americans are better and smarter than that. We will not become them. They are sheep in the Lions den.
Sheena Harvy says
nope. We are DONE! Kill or Be killed…. I say kill um and let God sort them! This was the last straw for me!
How many have to die on America soil before we tell the politically correct to F off and start cleaning the garbage out of our country.
As long as there’s a working stiff to tax, the liberals will want to give his money away to anyone who could conceivably bring them another vote. and they’re happy to “not see” dangerous extremism to do it.
With 300 people in this Night Club, why didn’t at least one of them have a pistol and the guts to use it. That would have stopped this guy before he did all this killing. I am sure this was a gun free zone otherwise he probably would not have the guts to go in and slaughter these people. If you look at everyone of the mass shootings it was done in a GUN FREE area.
No one to challenge the cowards.
J. Namrog says
If Mateen had the time to drop a 30 round clip and insert annew 30 rouund clip, which takes 10 secounds. Plus he had the time to post on face book and make calls to 911. I just can’t understand why someone, anyone in that club knowing they might be next, did’nt charge this coward with a chair, a table, even a whiskey bottle or knife and at least crippled him long enough for people to escape? This piece of garbage took three hours to perform his gruesome slauter of innocent men and women. You can’t tell me there was no opportunity to counter attack. I for one would have gone down fighting this coward.
Yes, if it was real, someone would’ve done as you say. This was obviously faked.
Similar thoughts occurred to me; in a situation where the odds were 300:1, if as few as 20 people had decided to rush this bastard, many would likely have been saved alive or unwounded.
It’s easy to sit in an armchair and boldly declare what you WOULD have done or COULD have done; it’s much harder to be in the situation and act bravely to save others, rather than be concerned about yourself.
To be honest, i’ve seen that many homosexuals seem to prefer a submissive role to a dominant one – and, as such, are inherently selfish. To me, real bravery is being scared as hell, yet taking action on behalf of your friends/neighbors ANYway, regardless of the risk of your own death…and many HAVE died that way. Those who live are declared heroes, but ask them, and they don’t feel it. They know they were scared.
The the same thing I wondered about, why wasn’t he charged and stopped.
Sheena Harvy says
A DARK CLUB full of happy DRUNK, possibly HIGH YOUNG PEOPLE… Shooting starts and all they want to do is run and hide. No they did not fight back. They tried to get away but in the dark and confusion, they couldn’t.
Florida state law says if a business derives 50% or more of it’s revenue from alcohol then firearms are prohibited….. someone needs to let the muslims and crazies know about this because obviously only the law abiding young people and staff were obeying the law!!
Maybe there was more than just him.
Well, maybe not since there were witnesses.
I understand that he wouldn’t attack Disney world because they had Armed security! His wife was quoted as saying that when he observe the arm security he said this target is too hard! Tell me guns in the hands of the “good guys ” don’t make a difference!
The night club was a gun free zone and filled with gays who are 95% democrats who are afraid of guns, so it was the safest gun free zone for him to select. Also, it was said that the shooter tried to buy body armor, but was turned down and reported. He didn’t want to die, so there is another reason for him to select a gun free zone. Every mass murder has selected a gun free zone. It is easy to see that gun free zones are used as killing zones by mass murderers. Our educators are typically democrats and for some reason the genius educators from middle school to college can’t make the connection. I guess the intellectuals only think they are smart. They can’t figure out that gun free zones should be eliminated because they are only gun free to the good people and not the criminals.
The noise will die down and nothing will be done to make America safer by
corrupt government under Mullah Obama. Maybe after the traitor is sent out
of the White House restoration can become real. Vote Democrat and be a
traitor that should be sent to Kenya with Mullah Obama or Syria, Iran, Iraq
or some other Muslim Hell Hole for your just deserts…………….William
Phillip R. Lake says
Nothing you do to Obama is going to stop these blood thirsty killers. He has no way to control these people. They hate him as much as any other American. I can’t stand Obama, but he is not in charge of ISIS or any militants. These people hate ALL Americans regardless of their lifestyle because they simply refuse to acknowledge MoHAMmed as real. If you don’t follow their religion then you are expendable.
Phillip R. Lake says
WRONG – that is exactly the kind of thinking that ISIS and the other Moslems in your neighborhood want you to believe. We are fixing to be in an all out war and you best be ready instead of sitting back saying it won’t happen here in good ole America – IT ALREADY HAS NUMEROUS TIMES AND MORE TO COME!
John R says
I don’t understand hiding in a bathroom stall to wait too be executed, this scum who killed these innocent people won’t be met with virgins. just hell fire. My condolences and heart felt sympathies, Sincerely
John R says
Stand up for yourselves for Christ sake refuse to be a victim
Jorge de zamacona says
America has to find a way to protect itsel before we continue to try and protect the world. Our Christian judeo values served us well for hundreds of years we must return to the that road and stop the moral entropy which is taking us to our own ultima demise.
God bless America.
MABEL GEORGIADES says
I believe you to be correct. We have to return to the time in our America, where the people felt safe.
TAKE US BACK, AND THE YOUTH AND THE BAD, WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. COME BACK TO WHERE OUR GOD , CHRISTIANITY WAS IN EXISTANCE, NOT WHATEVER IS HAPPENING NOW.
CEASE TO STOP IT NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE!!!!!
For some reason the Islamic Community is scared to death to report or turn in anybody they suspect of being a terrorist or exhibiting the makings of a terrorist. Why, retribution?
They aren’t scared. They believe the same as the terrorists attacking us. They covertly agree and support their muslim brotherhood. It’s their whole belief system, their ‘religion.’ That’s why they don’t police their own communities. The ‘extremists’ do the work for them so they can blend in better and ‘condem’ the extremist.
ME McMahan says
The Horn email headline and teaser describes this murderer as “an insane gunman”. The word insane is not included in the article, so maybe a proof-reader caught the incorrect description. Or, as sometimes happens, the headline writer did not read the article and was ignorant of the facts of this horrible massacre. This man was not insane, not mentally ill…those are medical diseases. This hateful slaughterer knew his religion-driven targets and certainly understood the ramifications of what he was doing. He planned his attack far in advance of that night, visiting a gun store where he inquired about equipment and acted so strange that it caused the store managment to call the police and offer them his photograph from their security system. The police did nothing. This man was under suspicion and they did nothing. They did not sell him gun, but another dealer did. He was on the watch list and he was able to buy guns. Nothing was done. There are so many layers to this event that are coming out, and so meant that did nothing to stop this religion fed behavior. It was hatred, pure hatred that caused him to destroy the lives of his victims. Hatred made him destroy the lives of the survivors, hatred made him destroy the lives of their families and friends and hatred that fueled him to destroy something in so many Americans. It was not insanity; it was puré ISIS hatred.
Doesn’t it strike anyone else as odd that a killer stops killing to dial 911 and logs on to Facebook. That is totally insane and very odd. Hard to believe official story.
Sandy corasaniti says
Does Russia have these same kind of attacks in malls, bars, and so on? Probably not. They know Putin doesn’t take any crap.
They executed one Russian for ransom and KGB came and killed ISIS family member Rest were set free immediately None have been kid napped since
Putin has balls and is a leader he protects his country where odumer main interest is destroying ours.
Justin W says
Donald Trump was right. If someone other than the terrorist would have had a gun in the nightclub the severity of this attack could have been greatly reduced. One well placed bullet by someone else’s gun would have sent this demon to his final punishment much faster. If a Muslim wants to burn for eternity with their 72 whores that’s their business, but they have no right to end the lives of other people in that quest.
The true goal of ISIS, al Qaeda and these other Islamic terrorist groups is to plunge the world into the darkness, evil and despair of Islam.
But again, the focus is on gun control or those darn guns…never about the shooter or shooters….time for the president to make a reality check and start addressing the real issues.
Christopher S. O'Rourke says
The Demoncrats believe taking guns away from decent law abiding citizens will end all of the violence where guns are used in the very acts of violence,
yet the Demoncrats are very pro gay-lesbinian. The Demoncrats need to wake up & smell the coffee, the taking away of guns from decent law abiding
citizens does not stop and end gun violence. Nearly all of the gun violence is caused by cold blooded killers who are supplied guns that are either stolen
and/or all other illegal means such as drug cartels, ISIS, the Taliban, Al Queada. Where are the whinny cry baby big mouth Liberals at when those groups are supplying guns? But those damned, dumb, stupid, ignorant liberals only want guns for the trouble makers and themselves, but not decent
Law abiding citizens. The media needs to be overhauled, not be owned by Liberals that shoot their mouths off. The Demoncrats have already lost many
gay-lesbinian voters nationwide because of the massacre in Orlando, FL at a gay nightclub.
George C. Koch Sr. says
the person in charge of my country USA must be impeached before the next assault that passes the man is a trator and mrs. Clinton god forbid gets in also wants our guns only law abiding people will not have but the lawless killers will have guns,knifes,ropes,tire-irons,and etc. to kill with god bless America george
If Mateen is insane then there are thousands more just like him ready, and willing to kill us all. Be-Heading, skinning, burning, burying alive, and you name it they will do it to us. Yes it is insane, and so is Obama to bring them into this country, and talk other country’s to do the same. These people are to different to blend in with our Christian beliefs, and should have been left in their own country’s protected by a no fly zone. There was no need to bring these people here, and allow the ISIS to come with them. So, I ask you why did Muslim Obama want them here? Why is Muslim Obama wanting to place Muslims in Military camps around the USA? Does Muslim Obama want the ISIS to take over our Christian country? Muslim Obama is not a Christian. A Christian believes in Christ, and our God. Muslim Obama believes in the same God that the ISIS follow. Muslim Obama has said he would never go against his faith. The same insane faith that the ISIS follow. One man killed 49 people in Orlando, and I ask you how many Insane ISIS could kill if a hundred of them planned to go to a bigger gathering such as a baseball stadium? People, Muslim Obama has allowed this to happen along with Congress who follow him. Taking away our guns, and leaving us totally defensive is only helping the ISIS one more time by our leader. Used loosely. Is our President just as insane as the ISIS? Six more months is a long time to let a insane man run loose. A Congress that sets on their butts, and does nothing will some day regret it if the ISIS take over this country. We are now allowing these same refugees to vote. Do you believe that? So they can control our government, and then what? Who really is insane here? Muslim Obama, the ISIS, are us the people for letting this all happen?
The gun-control agenda is exactly opposite of a solution. (I’m not implying this was real in the first place, but if it was): One armed patron could’ve stopped this cold after the first shot. Obama wants us dead?
Trump again is right & bigO wrong again this guy should have been impeacher long ago bigO is a Muslim also gay what more can be said?? Speech on 21st of this month next Tuesday bigO will use 10 executive orders to take away our guns by order from “UN” “One World government”, by Democrats get those guns now last chance.
I find it shocking that this guy Mateen was able to shoot over 100 people, kill 49, all while posting on Facebook and making 16 calls to various people, including reporters. This whole story is ridiculous, and Obama should feel embarrassed that someone on American soil can complete this act so easily. I also question the people in the club. During this time he was posting on Facebook, no one thought to attack him and take away the guns? What is happening to the younger generation? They’re more focused on social media than what is happening in real time. Hopefully this incident will wake many up to the realities of what can happen if we’re not vigilant.
What happened to the off duty cop that was security for the bar and had a gun???
Yea what happened to the off duty cope that was working security for Pulse and had a gun?
When you are facing an AK47 with a large magazine full of bullets and you have nothing to defend yourself but you feet and hands.
I have faced such a situation many years ago. But I had a gun and I shot first at my x husband. he had the AK47 with a large magazine and was going to kill me. I shot the man in his arm and he dropped the gun. I grabbed it and used it to shoot his foot off. I was mad and I called the police and they arrested him
Way to go, Marcia!
People are taken off guard when they know a nut is running around shooting others. When they see many people bleeding, moaning, and dying, of course they are not going to run after a maniac like that and hope to subdue him.. It is easy to say what should have been done, but when the element of surprise takes over and so much is going on at one time, unless you have a gun, that man had all the power.. The Americans cannot be fooled in to giving up their guns, as only the cowards like this person will be in power, and their will is to shoot and kill as many people as possible. SHOUDA, COULDA, WOULDA, lets not SHOULDA ALL OVER OURSELVES !! We must be observing and cautious especially in large crowds.. Anyone that knew what was going to happen and didn’t report it , seems like deportation is called for. GOD BLESS AMERICA………
Wanda leonard says
Marcia you are so right ,people need to buy a gun and learn how to use it I have my gun and it’s ready to go glad your ok way to go.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ya
Again I say “what happened to the off duty cop that was doing security for Pulse and had a GUN”