Orlando shooter’s wife arrested after sealed indictment filed Jan. 12

Omar Mateen

Florida driver’s license photo for now-deceased Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter. (Via Wikipedia)

Noor Zahi Salman, widow of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen, has been arrested in San Francisco after she was indicted on January 12.

Salman, who was arrested on Jan. 16, faces charges of “aiding and abetting the attempted provision and provision of material support to a foreign terrorist organization” and “misleading conduct…with the intent to hinder, delay, and prevent the communication to federal law enforcement officers” and others.

Early media reports did not include information about providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. 

The federal indictment also said Salman “did knowingly mislead Officers of the Fort Pierce, Florida, Police Department” and others.

As reports came out after the shooting, the public learned the FBI had actually investigated Mr. Mateen in 2013.

Salman’s whereabouts had been a topic of speculation in media after her husband killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 others at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.

Did the Obama Administration’s excess of caution regarding terrorist suspects enhance Omar Mateen’s ability to plan, acquire weaponry for, and carry out his attack? Mateen had been investigated by the FBI in 2013 when he worked for a security company providing services to the Dept. of Homeland Security. Despite inflammatory statements and contradictions in his statements to authorities, the FBI declared Mateen was not a threat, emphasizing the word “not.”

Regardless, the sheriff’s dept. in St. Lucie County where Mateen was working had him removed from his post.

Judicial Watch obtained documents raising questions about why Mateen was given a pass by federal authorities despite highly suspect statements.

Mateen claimed he had been insulted after the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Chicago Tribune said Noor Salman was born in the US after her parents born in “Palestine” came here in 1984.  Her marriage to Mateen was her second. Omar Mateen had also been married previously.

The Tribune reported:

“[T]he FBI learned that she accompanied Mateen on at least one trip to the club prior to the attack to do what a U.S. law enforcement official described as “reconnaissance,” The Washington Post reported. She also accompanied her husband to shop at a firearms dealer, according to the Los Angeles Times.”

The Dept. of Justice made the indictment for Noor Salman available online.

Media reported Salman’s arrest after an FBI official confirmed the arrest to a national media outlet friendly to the Obama Administration.

Mateen reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamist group media call ISIS as he gunned people down in the club in June, 2016.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Jan. 18, 2017)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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