Claim: Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooter May Have Converted To Islam

Judicial Watch published an article Tuesday that claims Esteban Santiago, the man who killed five and injured eight in the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting, was a Muslim convert.

Citing public records uncovered by Gotnews.com, Judicial Watch says Santiago may have taken on the Islamic name Aashiq Hammad in 2007, recorded Islamic songs, and even posted on a weapons and explosives forum about downloading propaganda videos from Islamic terrorists.

From Judicial Watch:

Information is slowly trickling out that links the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter to radical Islam while the official story from authorities is that the gunman is a mentally ill, Hispanic Army veteran named Esteban Santiago that became unhinged after a tour in Iraq. 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.

The public records uncovered in the days after the massacre suggest Santiago (Hammad) is a radical Islamic terrorist that’s seriously committed to Islam. Besides taking on a Muslim name, he recorded three Islamic religious songs, including the Muslim declaration faith (“there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”) known as the Shahada. He also posted a thread about downloading propaganda videos from Islamic terrorists on a weapons and explosives forum. 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.

In November, the 26-year-old Army veteran visited an FBI office in Anchorage, Alaska and told officers that U.S intelligence had infiltrated his mind and forced him to watch ISIS propaganda videos.

The full article from Judicial Watch can be seen here.







 

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