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11 Red Flags That Should Have Alerted Law Enforcement To The Orlando Jihadist

While the left continues to push for disarming law-abiding citizens, the real concern is the fact that there were numerous red flags that should have alerted law enforcement to the terrorist that murdered 49 people in Orlando, FL. Here are 11 red flags that law enforcement missed.

1. He has long been a deeply troubled individual, so much so that he was disciplined in school 31 times and convicted of battery as a juvenile.

A lengthy profile in The Wall Street Journal chronicles the numerous warning signs through Mateen’s life that ominously foreshadowed his terrorist attack, and one was his behavior at school. A grade-school classmate described Mateen as “a mean, troubled child” and a teacher who taught him in fourth and fifth grade said he constantly referred to classmates as “gay” and “ugly.” According to school records, he faced discipline 31 times, including hitting another student, from 1992-1999. From 1999-2001, he was suspended for a total of 48 days as a result of 15 separate incidents. He also got into a fight with another student and was convicted of battery as a juvenile.

2. Mateen “celebrated” the 9/11 terror attacks the day they occurred.

He even bragged that “Osama bin Laden was his uncle.” The school called Mateen’s father, who reportedly slapped his son upon arrival.

“We joked that he’d become a terrorist,” Robert Zirkle, who knew Mateen in school, told the Journal. “And then he did.”

3. Mateen threatened to murder his classmates because some pork made contact with his hamburger.

In 2007, Mateen was taking classes to enter law enforcement, and during a trainee barbecue his burger made incidental contact with a piece of pork. Mateen began freaking out and said “he ought to kill all of them” and that he would “come back and shoot us.”

Shortly after, he was waiting in his car as classes resumed and officers swarmed him, as he threatened to bring a gun to campus and carry out a shooting akin to the Virginia Tech massacre, which had occurred that month. Mateen thought “he was being taunted for being Muslim.”

4. He made comments about killing people as a physical therapist.

A client of his, Stefan Comavalius, was working with Mateen as he was recovering from a gunshot wound. Mateen asked him what happened to the shooter, and Comvalius just said the legal system would take care of it.

“He said, ‘I wouldn’t leave it in the court’s hands, I’d kill him, I’d kill his parents, the dog—everybody would have to die if he shot me,'” Comavalius told the Journal.

Comavalius eventually stopped seeing Mateen, citing his insults towards female clients.

5. Mateen bragged about his ties to terrorists.

Mateen boasted to co-workers about being a member of Hezbollah and knowing al-Qaeda members as well as people who knew the Tsarnaev brothers who committed the 2013 Boston bombing. He also said he “hoped police would raid his home and mistreat his family so he could become a ‘martyr.'”

This resulted in the FBI investigating him for 10 months, but they dropped it because they accepedt Mateen’s statements that “he was trying to taunt his coworkers because he thought he was being marginalized because of his Muslim faith,” according to Fox News’s Catherine Herridge.

6. Mateen was investigated by the FBI a second time because of a possible connection to a suicide bomber.

The suicide bomber, Moner Abu-Salha, went to the same mosque as Mateen, but the FBI dropped the investigation after determining the two only “knew each other in passing.”

7. During that FBI investigation, Mateen said he watched videos from al-Qaeda recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki.

Al-Awlaki had been in contact with three of the 9/11 terrorists as well as Fort Hood terrorist Nidal Hassan. He also believed to have directed a failed terror attack intending to down an airliner over Detroit, Michigan.

He also told co-workers he watched ISIS beheading videos.

8. He made two trips to Saudi Arabia, which may have contributed to his radicalization.

9. A former co-worker said that “Mateen frequently made homophobic and racial comments.”

Daniel Gilroy said he resigned after Mateen started stalking him with 20-30 text messages a day as well as 15-20 phone messages. Gilroy said he complained to his employer multiple times, but they didn’t do anything because they didn’t want to come across as “Islamophobic.”

“This guy was unhinged and unstable,” Gilroy told Florida Today. “He talked of killing people.”

10. Disney World security officials contacted the FBI about Mateen visiting the theme park to “conduct surveillance.”

He was reportedly scouting out Disney World as a possible target, some with which his wife (currently under investigation) appears to have helped him.

11. A gun store called the FBI when Mateen requested to purchase body armor and bulk ammunition weeks before the attack.

Though the gun store owner says he reported Mateen to the FBI about five weeks before the attack, the FBI never followed up on the tip.

(h/t: National Review)