The FBI has been investigating every aspect of the Orlando terror attack, which killed dozens of people in a gay nightclub, and they’ve just made a major arrest in relation to the assault.
Last June, Omar Mateen opened fire in the Pulse Nightclub, killing 49 innocent people and wounding dozens more, before being shot and killed by police following a three-hour standoff. In the months after the deadly attack, Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, 30, claimed she had no idea what her husband was planning, but apparently she was lying.
Salman ended up moving out to California with her son, ostensibly to avoid blowback from her community, but the move didn’t shield her from the investigation by any means. On Monday, agents from the FBI’s San Francisco field office arrested Salman at her Rodeo home for charges directly related to June’s attack.
According to Fox News, Noor’s charges include aiding and abetting Mateen’s attempts to join ISIS, as well as obstruction of justice for lying to authorities. She’s being held without bond, and her first court appearance is Tuesday in San Francisco’s federal court.
Sources close to the investigation said that the U.S. Attorney in Florida and attorneys within the Dept. of Justice, the agencies, which jointly prosecute terrorism cases, wanted to charge Salman with material support for ISIS, but acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord refused to support them for reasons unknown.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 16, 2017
More on the arrest from Fox:
During the attack that began around 2:00 a.m. on June 12, Mateen placed 16 calls, an FBI source told FoxNews.com, and communicated by SMS, a texting service.
At least three calls were to 911 and one was to a local news service, during which he pledged his allegiance to ISIS and expressed support for the Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
He texted Salman during his shooting rampage, made posts to his Facebook account proclaiming his allegiance to ISIS and pledging more attacks, and according to an FBI source, used the social media platform Snapchat to communicate with at least one other person.
The charges were filed in the Middle District of Florida – the jurisdiction in which the nightclub massacre took place. Following her initial appearance, the plan is to fly Salman back to the Middle District of Florida where she will continue through the judicial process.
If Salman was in fact attempting to help Mateen join ISIS, then there’s no reason she shouldn’t be charged with material support for the terror group. However, with the manner in which our government has been handling Islamic terror in our country, it wouldn’t be in the least bit surprising if the decision was made for political reasons, rather than based on a lack of evidence.
Regardless, in just over four days, a new administration takes office, at which time we can expect that anybody associated with terrorism within our borders will be punished to the fullest extent of the law – a stark contrast to what we’ve seen for the past eight years, to say the least.