Was the Fort Lauderdale shooter, Esteban Santiago an ISIS agent? We don't know. It should be said that ISIS agents don't generally walk into the offices of the FBI and complain that the CIA is forcing them to be ISIS agents, as it has been alleged Santiago did a few months ago.
This is one attack where I think the evidence clearly suggests that the perpetrator was indeed mentally ill, if that much-abused term still has any usefulness in this context. That doesn't of course mean that he was not also in contact with ISIS or that ISIS doesn't try to use people like this when they can.
Nor does it mean that in his mentally ill mind he didn't imagine himself to be an ISIS agent. Indeed, he appears to have confessed to this. And of course, if someone believes himself to be a Muslim terrorist and acts on it by shooting people, it's hard to argue that he isn't one.
What has become clear is that if Santiago wasn't actually a convert, then at the very least, a sympathetic fascination with Islam seems to have framed his adult life. This "White Hispanic" from a Christian family recorded a song, "There is no God but Allah" at the age of 17 or 18, uploading it to MySpace under the name, Aashiq Hammed. That was years before he deployed to Iraq with the National Guard. He also posed (it's not clear when) for a photograph wearing a Palestinian Keffiyeh scarf and making the Muslim one-finger sign.
We also know that his Alaska residence was within only a few miles of the only mosque in the state.
Fort Lauderdale Airport terrorist Esteban Santiago registered on MySpace under the name “Aashiq Hammad” and recorded Islamic religious music on the site, 3 years before he ever deployed to Iraq as a U.S. soldier, destroying the lying mainstream media’s narrative that he was just a mentally disturbed veteran and that “Islam had nothing to do with it.”
Here’s how we know all that:
A search of public records database Nexis reveals that Puerto Rican Esteban Santiago has a brother named Bryan Santiago and two e-mails registered to his name:
The second e-mail, “Naota33@hotmail.com”, is how GotNews exclusively visually identified Santiago before every mainstream media outlet and discovered he was posting on an explosives/weapons forum about mass-downloading Islamic terrorist propaganda videos in 2007 yesterday.
Today, we discovered the first e-mail, “Naota017@gmail.com”, in the MySpace database that was leaked earlier this year. This is the raw data we found:
The middle entry “aashiqhammad” can be added to the MySpace URL to discover the profile that was registered to the e-mail address “Naota017@gmail.com”.
Sure enough, Esteban Santiago registered a MySpace account under the name “Aashiq Hammad”:
“Aashiq Hammad” lists Penuelas, Puerto Rico as his location, just like Esteban Santiago’s records in Nexis.
And take a look at the three songs recorded by “Aashiq Hammad.” The first one is titled “La ilaha illAllah”, which is Arabic for “There is no God but Allah,” and the first half of the Muslim declaration of faith, the Shahadah:
If the location and e-mail weren’t enough proof, “Aashiq Hammad” also has Bryan Santiago — Esteban’s brother — as a connection:
The song “La ilaha illAllah” by “aashiq” is indeed just an Arabic recitation of the Muslim declaration of faith “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger.” We recorded the song and you can download and listen to it for yourself here.
“Intentional” recitation of the Shahadah is generally considered sufficient to convert to Islam. Listen to that song. It sure sounds like Esteban Santiago was “intentional” about what he was saying!
And the best part?
That song was recorded in 2007, 3 years before Esteban Santiago went to Iraq as a U.S. soldier in 2010, destroying the lying mainstream media’s narrative that he was a “mentally disturbed veteran”, although even they admit Santiago went into an FBI office in 2015 and told agents he was being forced to watch ISIS videos by voices in his head (or something).
2007 was also the year that “Naota33” was posting on an explosives/weapons forum about mass-downloading Islamic propaganda videos, as GotNews exclusively revealed yesterday.
Santiago was definitely mentally disturbed, but if he was calling himself “Aashiq Hammad”, recording Islamic religious music online, and downloading Islamic terrorist propaganda all in 2007, 3 years before his first deployment to Iraq, what do you really think is the root cause here?