This past week, CBS put up a piece questioning Omar Mateen's sexual orientation. The piece includes some of the accounts I've posted here on the blog. Coincidentally, and on the same day, the FBI made this claim....
..the FBI has found no evidence so far to support claims by those who say Mateen had gay lovers or communicated on gay dating apps, several law enforcement officials said.
A former high school classmate, an ex-wife, and numerous Pulse nightclub regulars plus a guy calling himself "Miguel" who claims he had 15 or 20 rendevous hookups with Mateen just six months ago...all seem to contradict what the FBI is claiming.
And now we have this from TMZ.....yeah, I know, it's TMZ...but still. And remember, TMZ had the story of Prince's percocet addiction before ANYONE....
Sources at the Ambassador Hotel tell TMZ, Mateen was seen on camera footage recorded December 14, 2015 around 11 PM. We're told the video bolsters the claims of the heavily disguised man who told Univision he met up with Mateen 15-20 times at the hotel between November and December.
Our sources say the video shows Mateen walk to the front desk, speak to a staffer and then walk around a corner toward the room where the anonymous man says he was staying during their rendezvous.
Maybe none of that ever happened. Maybe there is no "camera footage" at all. Or...maybe the TMZ account is accurate.
The LA Times this week....
Kevin West, 29, a Navy veteran and Pulse regular, said Mateen messaged him on Jack’d and also said he recognized him entering the club on the night of the shooting.
Cord Cedeno, 23, another Pulse regular, insisted he saw Mateen at Pulse months before the shooting and messaged with him on Grindr for a short time,...
“The FBI obviously is trying to cover up their information,” he said of gay men who reported being contacted by Mateen. “I can go take a lie detector test. I know for a fact Omar messaged me.”
The FBI has been suggesting that Mateen's unexplainable freguenting of gay clubs and, according to witnesses, communicating on gay apps, can all be explained as Mateen stalking out his potential target. So, what the FBI is suggesting is that Mateen's former high school classmate, his ex-wife, and numerous gay nightclub and gap-apps-using regulars are, somehow, involved in some kind of Alex Jones conspiracy theory. Apparently, if the FBI is to believed, all of those witnesses are telling a similar lie about Mateen. The question I would raise is: why would they do that? What's in it for them?
Here's a former FBI profiler's thoughts....
While it is still possible Mateen was just very closely surveying his chosen target for terror, former senior FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole told CBS News that doesn't seem likely.
"This to me suggests somebody that may have had sexual identity issues and may have actually been struggling with the idea that he himself was gay and that would add a different motive and a different perspective on the case," O'Toole said.
Over the decades I've learned that the FBI is not to be trusted. But who knows? Maybe all those witnesses are just making stuff up to get attention, huh? But...maybe, the FBI prefers that Mateen's motive was that of ISIS. If Mateen wasn't just opportunistically throwing around pro-ISIS claims during the attack to cover for his real motive....a rage filled sexual identity crisis.... then the FBI can push the scary-ISIS narrative for the purpose of gaining more latitude and power to snoop and infiltrate Muslim gathering places.
I think the FBI's motive here could be the same I saw after San Bernardino, that is, part of a collective effort by our intelligence folks to crack down on the internet "radicalizers."
I'll keep an eye on any new developments.