Monday, June 13, 2016

Father of Orlando Shooter Visited Congress

Mateen posing in front of office B330

Many news stories today are describing how Saddique Mateen visited the U.S. State Department and U.S. Congress, presumably in the furtherance of his deluded Afghan émigré political schemes.
Mass shooter Omar Mateen’s father Seddique Mateen recently visited Congress, the State Department and met political leaders during a trip to Washington, DC.

Mateen, who made the trip in April, is seen in social media posts posing in front of the State Department and Democratic Foreign Services Committee offices [sic].

He visited the U.S. Congress, anyway. Click on the Daily Mail story linked above for grip-and-grin photos of Mateen with Congressmen Charlie Rangel, Dana Rohrabacher, and Ed Royce. Royce must have been the big 'get,' since he is Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

However, allow me to point out that the photo of Mateen in front of a door marked "U.S. Department of State" was also taken on Capitol Hill, where State maintains a liaison office:
Since 2001, the Department of State has operated its Capitol Hill House Liaison Office located in B-330 of the Rayburn House Office Building and the Senate Liaison Office located in B189 of the Senate Russell Office Building, which was created in 2010. Both offices provide a full range of State Department support services to members of Congress and their staff.
If he met anyone from the Liaison Office, that official was prudent enough to evade a selfie.


Anonymous said...

TSB: Juan Cole has a great post on
'old grip and grin dad'. He grew up hating the 1892 establisment of the 'Durand Line". In part, Juan says: We know that his father, Seddique Mateen, is a Pushtun nationalist from Afghanistan who objects to the 1893 Durand Line that the British drew between British India and Afghanistan, which cut the Pushtun ethnic group in two. Today, the Pushtuns (called Pukhtuns in the local dialect) are a majority in the province of Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa of northern Pakistan, while the Afghanistan Pushtuns dominate a number of provinces stretched across eastern and southern Afghanistan. Decades ago a Pushtun nationalism that wanted to unite Pushtuns into a single country and secede from both Pakistan and Afghanistan had some popularity, but it is now a fringe movement. see article for the rest.

Cenk Ugyer has a really great and accurate reaction to the whole thing without knowing anything beyond initial news reports. He had interviewed the woman shot in Orlando the day before. His analysis is that everyone is right and everyone is wrong in what you hear on the media and from politicians. The common threads in all the mass shooting since Columbine are: 1.The culture of young male losers with access to guns. 2.A culture of hate they grow up in, whether it is religious, racial,ethnic,homophobic. and 3.Guns are everywhere in this country and they are definitely in your neighborhood whether you have one or not.
My favorite of his statements: The US is the only country in the world that arms it's crazy people! gwb

Anonymous said...

James: Here is your Monday Funny!gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: I love these rumors because the media is obviously spinning this story like mad. If they weren't they would obviously have a spokesman on for G4S or a former employee to say what kind of weapons and magazines they were licensed to carry. gwb

Multiple Suspects On The Loose In Orlando - Why The Media Blackout Of Eyewitness Accounts?
According to heavily censored eyewitness reports, totally suppressed from the mainstream, there were likely several other radicalized perpetrators involved with Saturday night’s terror attack, which led to the deaths of 50 Club-goers at Pulse and over 53 others being injured.

JUN 13, 2016 9:51 AM

Anonymous said...

TSB: here is the link: I saw these guys on the tv but it was too fast for me to make any sense out of the first time. I like to say 'If you believe the 'Fibbers' you must be a Hillary supporter. gwb

TSB said...

WB: I'm not sure the shooter's old man is a Pashtun. Reportedly he speaks Dari in his videos. From what I've seen of them he is mostly anti-Pakistan, which could be enough to explain his praise for the Taliban.

Anonymous said...

I think you are right TSB. The Dari's and Pashto's were split right down the middle by the Brits and he's a refugee from the old Dari minority and now we know that his son was ecstatic on the school bus when 9/11 took place. So he was a closet homophobe/misogynist who managed to get a hot asian/muslim wife who had grown up with american values. (dynamite combination that was suppressed until ISIS called for action in Florida. now we are just waiting for the rest of the story from his accomplice or accomplices. They definitely fooled the police swat team for 3 hours by 'fake negotiating.) Everybody is scrambling to cover up their interests.) gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: Hillary already had the Podesta brothers out denying this today, but I like this version better! gwb

Russia Is Reportedly Set To Release Clinton's Intercepted Emails

Today's Tuesday Dalai Llama Tip: Always Keep Dagger in Back Pocket! (dat putin velly smaaat!)

TSB said...

I just posted the Tuesday Tip, and I'm sorry I missed the dagger idea. But I do like to have a good stout knife handy.