Or­lando — a ter­ror­ist at­tack or se­cu­rity lapse?

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

OMUZZAMIL AHMED n June 12, 2016, the Pulse, a gay night­club in Or­lando, was at­tacked with legally pur­chased high ca­pac­ity firearms. 50 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the gun­man, were killed with 53 oth­ers in­jured. It was a dead­li­est mass shoot­ing by a sin­gle gun­man. The as­sailant was iden­ti­fied as 29 year old Omer Ma­teen, a US cit­i­zen. His par­ents were of Afghani back­ground and Omer Ma­teen was raised as a Mus­lim. In 2006 and 2007, Ma­teen worked for seven months as a prison guard for the Florida De­part­ment of Cor­rec­tion, It’s a gov­ern­ment agency. It means that Omer Ma­teen worked seven months as a gov­ern­ment em­ployee for the gov­ern­ment of US. Since 2007, he had been a se­cu­rity guard for “G4S Se­cure So­lu­tion”. It turns out that this US sub­sidiary of G4S is a com­pany that works very closely with “The De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, The US Army and Fed­eral and Lo­cal law En­force­ment”. Ma­teen be­came a per­son of in­ter­est to the FBI in May 2013 and July 2014. Ma­teen was in­ter­viewed three times in con­nec­tion with the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, which were closed af­ter pro­duc­ing noth­ing that ap­peared to war­rant fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Don­ald Trump a US Pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee and the me­dia says it was Is­lamic ter­ror­ism, linked with Is­lam but the direc­tor of FBI James Comey told me­dia “So far, we see no in­di­ca­tion that this was a plot di­rected from out­side the US and we see no in­di­ca­tion that he was part of any kind of net­work. The ques­tion arises as to who is right, the un­of­fi­cials or of­fi­cials? The class­mate of Ma­teen told me­dia that he was so­cially awk­ward and dis­liked by class­mates. Ma­teen’s fa­ther, Sid­dique Mir Ma­teen said that he had seen his son get an­gry af­ter see­ing a gay cou­ple kiss­ing in front of his fam­ily, which he sug­gested might have been a mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor for the at­tack and his first wife also pointed out this fac­tor on me­dia. On July 16, CIA head John Bren­nan told the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee that his agency was un­able to un­cover any link be­tween Ma­teen and ISIS and call­ing the shoot­ing a “Lone Wolf” at­tack. Ac­cord­ing to all facts and state­ments there is no link of this at­tack with Is­lam; it’s an in­di­vid­ual act as CIA head said “Lone Wolf” at­tack. Ma­teen has been a US gov­ern­ment em­ployee and an FBI sus­pect but de­spite all, he suc­ceeded to at­tack and raise a big ques­tion on US se­cu­rity. US should beef up its own se­cu­rity set up be­fore blam­ing Is­lam. Is­lam is a peace­ful re­li­gion and con­demns all types of killings of in­no­cent peo­ple. — Karachi

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