The Orlando Shooting: Terrorism or A Torrid Tale of a Lover Scorned?
With a nation still in mourning over the execution-style slaying of 49 people earlier this month at a gay nightclub in Orlando, some news analysts are starting to question the motive of 30-year-old shooter, Omar Mateen.
According to press releases on FBI.gov, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been probing for information about the shooter for 10 months starting in 2013. The FBI had put him under full surveillance, recording his phone calls, monitoring his internet use, and using several confidential informants to determine whether or not the suspect had been indoctrinated into radicalized Islam after the shooter's co-worker had contacted them about Mateen stating he wished to, "die a martyr for Islam".
Later it was determined by the FBI that the American-born man was known to have pledged his allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS, but was his motivation solely anti-American sentiment or is there more to this story that has only recently come to light?
Some are now claiming Mateen's motivation for the shocking crime was not just pure ideology, but also could have simply been jealousy.
Mateen's Alleged Homosexual Lover in Heavy Disguise
In an interview with Spanish-speaking television channel Univision, a man wearing heavy makeup, a Hollywood-style facial prosthetic, and identified as "Miguel" claimed Mateen was "100 percent gay" and the two had been involved in a "friends with benefits" sexual relationship after having met last year via a gay dating app called Grindr. Miguel claims to have reported the relationship to local and Federal authorities and had been interviewed several times by FBI anti-terrorism agents prior to and after the shooting. Later, the FBI confirmed to media that this was true.
The informant believes that the attacks were carried out because Mateen "felt rejected" by the local gay community. He then went on to state to Univision, "He adored Latinos, gay Latinos, with brown skin, but he felt rejected. He felt used by them. There were moments in the (Pulse) nightclub that made him feel really bad. Guys used him. That really affected him, I believe this crazy horrible thing he did, that was revenge."
Additionally, Miguel believes the attacks were carried out after one of his former lovers relayed to Mateen that he had tested HIV-positive after having had repeated sexual encounters with one another.
“He was terrified that he was infected,” added Miguel when asked by the interviewer to elaborate on allegations of a potential HIV-infection being the final catalyst that caused Mateen to go on his rampage. “I asked him, ‘Did you do a test?’ and stated that Mateen had replied, "Yes... it came out negative, but it doesn't come out right away. It takes four, five months before a result can be trusted". Afterwards, Miguel asked, "What are you going to do now?" To this, the shooter replied chillingly, "I'm going to make them pay for what they did to me."
Whether or not the Orlando shootings were a direct result of a misguided young man that had been seduced by a violent, radicalized ideology or were brought about because of the shooter feeling dejected by the rejection he experienced by Orlando's gay community, they remain the Nation's most devastating incident of domestic terrorism since the 9/11 tragedy occurred 15 years ago.