Update: Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting – “Terrorism Not Ruled Out”…

Victim count remains 5 dead, 8 additional wounded by gunshots.

fort-lauderdale-airport-5(Via ABC News) […]  “We have not ruled out terrorism,” FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro said in an evening press conference.

Law enforcement officials say the suspect, Esteban Santiago, was carrying military identification. He was apprehended and placed in federal custody. He is expected to face federal charges.

Early [Saturday] morning, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office posted his booking record, including booking photo, on its website. According to the record, he was booked on a murder charge. His “charge status” reads “Pending Trial,” and “Description” reads “Hold for US Marshals Office.”

According to senior officials, the suspect flew from Anchorage, Alaska to Fort Lauderdale via Minneapolis. He boarded the plane in Alaska [Thursday] night. He only checked one bag — a hard case carrying his gun, Anchorage Airport Police told ABC News. TSA regulations allow guns to be checked into baggage if they are stored in a locked, hard-sided container that cannot be easily accessed.

According to a Broward County commissioner, he allegedly loaded the gun in the bathroom and came out firing. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that he fired “indiscriminately” at people in the airport. The gunman “went through a couple dozen rounds” before throwing the gun down away from him and “lying face down and spread eagle,” waiting for officers to approach him, according to Lea.


[…] Santiago, who spent nine years in the military, was a combat engineer with the Alaska Army National Guard and left the military in August, said Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead, director of public affairs for the Alaska National Guard. He received a general discharge under honorable conditions at the rank of Private First Class.

He joined the Puerto Rico National Guard in December 2007 and was deployed to Iraq from April 2010 to February 2011.

Along the way, he earned a number of awards, including the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal, according to his service record.

fort-lauderdale-6A senior law enforcement official said that Santiago walked into the Anchorage FBI field office in November 2016, after his discharge from the military and said he was under mind control by a U.S. intelligence agency.

The official said he appeared incoherent and agitated, saying the U.S. government was trying to force him to watch ISIS videos.

However, he said he didn’t want to hurt anyone. Still, the FBI contacted local law enforcement, which, out of caution, had him medically evaluated. The FBI closed the probe after reviewing databases and interviewing family the official said.

Sources told ABC News that Santiago had received mental health treatment after the encounter with the FBI. A person who answered the phone for Signal 88 — a company in Anchorage where Santiago worked in a security capacity — said it has no comment and is “currently under the advisement of federal authorities.”  (read more)

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457 Responses to Update: Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting – “Terrorism Not Ruled Out”…

  1. Concerned Virginian says:

    There are many questions and not many answers about this most recent “domestic terror attack”.
    And, if the FBI is in charge, we may NEVER KNOW the real truth.
    However, my gut reaction to all I’m reading here on CTH for now:
    I think the Ft. Lauderdale shooting is a “colluded action” orchestrated between the FBI/CIA, and the Deep State. The very entities that Mr. Trump will have to face and get under control. Begin by finding out who they are and firing every single one of them with NO pensions/Golden Parachutes.
    “Interesting” is this Ft. Lauderdale “operation” was orchestrated to be an “example” of what Sen. Schumer said last week warning Mr. Trump that “the intelligence agencies have many ways to get you” veiled threat (paraphrased). Did Schumer have some advance knowledge that the Ft. Lauderdale “operation” was in the hopper?

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  2. kinthenorthwest says:

    Santiago parents are trying to say it was his mental illness.
    Since I’m in the Northwest they had the Seattle Mall shooter on the news last night. Seems Cetin’s parents are trying to say it was mental too.
    Appears that Mental Illness is the new scape goat for Terrorist shootings in America.

    Liked by 4 people

    • jdvalk says:

      Yeah, not an either/or proposition.


    • Christopher Pate says:

      Here’s the issue I have with with this BS mental thing. You cannot serve in the military with a psychological disorder. It sounds like they are pushing for a schizophrenia angle, but those symptoms would have shown in his late teens, early twenties. If the military had discovered he had such a condition, he would have been dishonorably discharged for lying about his mental health far earlier… and if it had been before 6 months of service, he would have been discharged for fraudulent enlistment. Also, anything like PTSD can cause hallucinations in extreme cases, but not “voices” telling him what to do. Also think about this: infantry based branches don’t set out for something like this without a plan. Could it simply be that he was giving a red herring ahead of time for an insanity plea, when this is really Islamic Terrorism? Maybe a new tactic from these degenerates to confuse us infidels? Not only that but we only have the word of the FBI that he had made any such claim.

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      • If they see that claiming to be a 16 year old refugee gets you entrance into the EU, seems like it is possible that they rehearse insanity/emotional disorders to be able to kill in the US.

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      • jrapdx says:

        It’s been a long time since I’ve been involved with such situations, but it’s possible the shooter does have a psychiatric disorder, based on the public comments it may well be paranoid schizophrenia. In some cases, the delusional thoughts aren’t openly expressed early on, the symptoms don’t show up until later. The military may not catch the presence of it on enlistment. If it shows up during military service normally the affected person gets a medical discharge.

        While schizophrenics are on the whole only marginally more violent than among the general population, violence can be an issue. Such people are usually not permitted to buy firearms. Not sure what happened in Alaska when police were notified by the FBI, seems the info should have assured the shooter would not have passed a background check.

        Occurs to me that transporting a firearm in checked luggage should exclude ammunition. Furthermore as a precaution firearms transported on planes should be transferred to or from passengers off airport grounds, preferably under LEO supervision.

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      • kinthenorthwest says:

        From what I am hearing is that he did not get an honorable discharge.


  3. Kokanee says:

    What I find interesting is the airline said that no guns were checked on their flights. Could somebody have passed it to him in the bathroom or put it in a locker. Love to see the CC video.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. psadie says:

    The shooter looks more Arabic than Puerto Rican to me. But let’s ignore the photos of him with the “ISIS hand signal.” I wonder if psychological warfare is being used by CIA on false flag events. How many of these shooters said they “heard voices?” Too many.

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  5. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Looks like FoxNews.com is painting him out to be just a disgruntled veteran mad about a OTH discharge and suffering from PTSD. Nice to see the media slander Veterans. Make us out to be a bunch of Rambos.

    Liked by 3 people

    • muffyroberts says:

      Faux News, you mean.


    • Christopher Pate says:

      I know, Right? Remember after Christopher Dorner? That happened in my local area, and people were looking askew at us Vets because of the angle pushed by the “news.” It’s bad enough, the false ideas that come from Hollywood, and a populace that often times isn’t close to it’s military. It’s worse when the news tries to hammer this crap out as fact.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. angelwhiskers says:

    Please read this. I followed for a bit, he even had info on his blog; this Attorney that saw a “person’ helped onto a plane. Please, this site is the best I know to find out about false flags and make sense of some hinky findings.http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/12/flight_253_passenger_kurt_hask.html

    and his wife, Lori, were aboard Flight 253 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to destroy the plane. They say another man tried to help Abdulmutallab board the plane in Amsterdam.


    • angelwhiskers says:

      “this site” -CTH


    • 180daysofkindergarten says:

      I remember this story. I also remember reading this man’s account. I don’t think of myself as a tin foil hat type but I do think we are being lied too. I also have to believe that, I don’t know how to put this, the government agencies or something/someone keeps another 9/11 from happening but they benefit somehow from these “lone wolves”. And so the lone wolf attacks are allowed or encouraged to continue. Frightening and sad.


  7. joshua says:

    Help, admin and SD….the site, my favorite as a long long time participant, is beginning to take on the shotgun posting wanderings and insistent opinions that took over during the Zimmerman investigations and the Case of Jessica Chambers…..when it had to be almost shut down to STOP the insanity of wild speculation and accusations and posting all manner of facebook and social media sites and creating instant conclusive analysis statements by folks with NO CLUE but a lot of chutzpah…please consider bringing this under some rational control again…..Trump is ELECTED and we are all left without anything solid to work toward, so now everything is getting like Huffpo or Redstate…..


    • Deb says:

      Free speech is a bitch, huh joshua? If the posts are not high quality, feel free not to read them.


    • toriangirl says:

      We are left without anything solid to work for? Really? The work to help drain the swamp has just begun. Clue? As the old saying goes, physician – heal thy self!


  8. John Baker says:

    Personally just sounds like another mentally challenged person that tried his best to turn himself in and our so called “intelligence” community that told us about weapons of mass destruction and are whining about about our man Trump about Russia just failed again like they did at the nightclub shooting.

    The intel community all upset after failing us 3 times in a row and Trump questioning them about it?

    Give me a break.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. dalethorn says:

    Wow – that’s a lot to read. This guy checked a gun, with the ammo? Nobody seems to know. Could it be the ammo was taped up in a toilet by someone else, like in The Godfather? Anyway, he calmly loads up, empties all clips, shooting for the head, then lays down to surrender. The calm and deliberate shooting skill, aiming for the small targets (heads), certainly indicates skill and deliberate intent well beyond general mayhem. Maybe he was even going after a specific person. The surrender is not unlike the “space cadet” syndrome of Mark Chapman or John Hinckley, or even Sirhan, although none of those were real shooters, or skilled shooters. Seems to me that jihadists usually prefer to die at the scene, while mind-control guys just surrender. But the mind control guys aren’t such skilled and methodical performers. He did apparently turn himself in to the FBI, but they sent him elsewhere for treatment. So my best guess is he was an assassin, and either not a programmed nutboy like Sirhan/Chapman/Hinckley, or a very specially programmed hitter, by who I can’t guess, although most likely military intel.

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  10. ZZZ says:

    Interesting…there are supporting links…

    Fort Lauderdale shooter was “Aashiq Hammad” on MySpace, recorded Islamic music

    and here: https://twitter.com/wesearchr

    Liked by 4 people

  11. All American Snowflake says:

    What’d you bet that “military id” is as fake as his “Santiago” surname.

    Liked by 2 people

    • All American Snowflake says:

      Whoa, whoa, whoa. Nine years in the military and he’s only 26 years old? Did he join when he was 17?

      Liked by 2 people

      • wyntre says:

        And he was born in the US but moved to PR when he was 2?
        And that’s when he joined the PR National Guard?
        Who ordered the PRNG to Iraq?
        And then he moved to Alaska and joined the National Guard there?
        Yet he has family members in “Union City, “Havana on the Hudson?”


        Liked by 4 people

      • booger71 says:

        My son joined the Marines at 17, but couldn’t attend boot camp until after his 18th birthday.


    • annieoakley says:

      This is what I have been thinking all along. Something isn’t right with the story IMO.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Sassy says:

      I saw a brief story on FOX News (I think, or CNN) that referred to him as Esteban Santiago Louise. Third name assumed to be the surname of his mother, but no explanation given and after that they dropped the Louise. Could explain why he’s not shown on records, if he was recorded as Esteban Louise.


  12. whuptdue says:

    via JihadWatch.org: Fort Lauderdale shooter was “Aashiq Hammad” on MySpace, recorded Islamic music

    The Islamic identity he chose for himself was a “praiseworthy lover” in his delusion.

    “Aashiq” (English: The Lover) is a 2001 Bollywood movie
    Pronunciation of Hammad [ham-mad] as a name for boys is an Arabic name, and the meaning of the name Hammad is “praiseworthy”. Hammad is a version of Hamid (Arabic). Hammad is also a variant of Muhammad (Arabic).
    Read more at http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Hammad#msztdpy9D7iSSMZu.99

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  13. Of course Aashiq Hammad is a mental case. After all, only a crazy demented person would expect an eternity in that great brothel in the sky as a reward for murdering his fellow man…

    And look to what lengths everyone goes (in the media at least) to talk about anything BUT – he had a fight on the plane, he was mentally ill, his army service did it to him, the CIA/FBI/NSA/ KGB/Mossad brainwashed him, mind control by an alien species planning a planetary-wide invasion, blah, blah, blah and yada, yada.

    If it weren’t so dangerous, it would be funny!

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  14. Dommy says:

    Murder by Muslim.
    Inspired by Islam.
    The jihad that dare not speak its name over the sanitized MSM.
    This pattern is worldwide, everywhere in the west, here and abroad.
    However FakeNews purveyors are hard at work distracting the public, keeping it focused everywhere but at this inconvenient truth.
    For example just now over Bloomberg Radio, an ‘update’ closed with the classic:
    The motive is still unclear. Ed Donohue, AP Network News.”

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Les says:

    So why Fort Lauderdale? He even had to change planes for his connecting flight. Why not take a non-stop somewhere if you are just going to murder people at the baggage claim?

    Who paid for his ticket? He was kicked out of the Alaska National Guard in August and I haven’t read any information about him having a job, so how did he even afford his ticket? Did he buy it in advance?

    There is more to learn about this.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. freepetta says:

    Seems the FBI drops the ball on a regular basis. They always seem to know about the person, but they keep closing their files. They are just incompetent!


  17. truthseekerr says:

    so he says he was forced to fight for isis. if i was the gov i would make him a spy as well. he looks kinda middle eastern at least


  18. JohnPaulJohnes says:

    Was he just spending time building his defense by going to the FBI and telling his brother he was hearing voices? Could have been patient in planning.


    • mimbler says:

      He was taken to the FBI by his colleagues who were concerned about his behavior.


      • JohnPaulJohnes says:

        Where did he work, that his colleagues decided that the FBI, not hospital or local PD was best course of action?


        • mimbler says:

          The articles I’ve seen haven’t said. I don’t know if that is due to the death of real journalism, or that facts are being hidden,


        • Abster says:

          For fellow employees to take this man to FBI rather than call local police department really makes you wonder. All the babble must have sounded believable. Also, seems they cared for the guy to have gone out of their way. Would love to hear from fellow employees re trip to FBI. Also, waiting to hear from fellow passengers re his having problem on plane. I have not heard a single interviewed passenger even mention his being on flight, much less being agitated. None of this makes sense.

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  19. GSR says:

    Super Trooper was in the Army National Guard for nine years and he received a General Discharge? PS – that’s not good all you civilians.

    PTSD? How much combat did he see in Iraq, in 2011? Was he in the Infantry? I think not.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Watcher says:

    Noticed in the finger salute photograph the cross behind him.
    It’s a church and he saluting it.


  21. Jay Landers says:

    How many of these types of “terrorist attacks” did we have prior to 9-11? Like all the failed “wars” created by past uniparty administrations (war on poverty, war on drugs, war on terror) they only lead to more of what they’re supposed to be fighting. It’s a sham on the American people & they know it. Hope Trump stops this nonsense, cracks down on those in power who have a hand in the corruption of poverty, drugs & bringing in/supporting these people who r w the cult called islam, who hate & want to kill Americans.


  22. Apfelcobbler says:

    What are the chances he would already have crossed their radar? Hmm, let’s see … since 9/11, about 97%. But this little pretty has an interesting twist – an MK-Ultra mea culpa. That’s new. Or old, depending on how you look at it.


    • Maquis says:

      I came here today just to see if that has yet been posted! Thanks for getting it up here, I’m surprised our hosts haven’t commented on it yet.

      I was hoping to see an explosive exposé on the ramifications of this monster having joined the Cult well before he joined the military.

      More workplace violence then, I take it?

      Damn MSM. They’ll hide this under the biggest rock they can find. Sure hope it’s the last such event ‘tween now and a real President.

      Crap. We gotta keep our nuggets on a swivel nationwide on the 20th, don’t we? I mean more than usual. Bear your Arms, Treepers. We have a Nation Ascendant to defend.


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