January 6, 2018

USA: The Wife Of Islamist Who Shot Up Pulse Gay Nightclub In Orlando Florida In 2016 Murdering 49, Has Given FBI A Statement That She Saw Him Prepare For Deadly Attack MONTHS BEFORE!

USA Today
written by Cristal Hayes
Friday January 5, 2018

A handwritten statement given to the FBI by the wife of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen says she saw him prepare for the deadly attack for months and knew that the LGBT nightclub was his target.

The 12-page statement, quietly released by federal authorities at the end of December in a batch of records in the case, was taken hours after the June 12, 2016 shooting. The attack left 49 dead and dozens of others injured. Noor Salman was questioned for hours, without a lawyer, after authorities learned her husband was the gunman behind the attack.

She was arrested last year on federal charges of providing material support to a terrorist and tampering with evidence but has pleaded not guilty, claiming she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She said Mateen abused her and claims she did not know of his plot.

But her defense conflicts with the signed statement she gave to the FBI, which details her knowledge of Mateen's planning and his path to carry out an attack on behalf of the Islamic State.

She told agents multiple times she knew his plans and that he was going to attack the Orlando club when he left their home.

She told agents she knew "my fears had come true and he did what he said he was going to do. I was in denial and I could not believe that the father of my child was going to hurt other people."

The statement includes that during a two-year span before the attack. Mateen would browse jihad websites almost everyday and frequently watch beheading videos. He was angry and frustrated about treatment of Muslims in the Middle East and talked about retaliating against Americans.

"He said if he did jihad everybody would know who he is," Salman wrote in the statement.

Salman's attorneys have been fighting against the use of the statement in court, claiming that she was in custody and had not been read her Miranda rights, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Prosecutors have said she was not under arrest and that all of her statements were voluntary, though she told agents several stories before writing the statement, which included an apology for lying to the FBI.

She wrote that Mateen bought a rifle about four days before the attack. She saw it in the trunk of his car and asked him about it. He told her not to say "anything to anybody," covered it up then said it was for his security guard job.

Days ahead of the attack, Mateen bought ammunition and went to the shooting range "a lot," Salman wrote. He told her it was for work. He also spent a large amount of money and made Salman a beneficiary on his bank accounts, telling her it was "in case something happened," she wrote in the statement.

In the statement, Salman described driving slowly by several destinations, including Disney World and Pulse nightclub, before the shooting. He asked Salman when driving by Pulse, "How upset are people going to be when it gets attacked?" the statement said.

Federal prosecutors say Mateen was casing potential targets. It's unclear why he chose Pulse.

Two days before the shooting, Salman saw Mateen looking at the website for the club. When she saw what he was doing, he said, "this is my target," the statement reads.

Salman told FBI agents, "I knew that the time to attack the club was close."

The night before the attack, he left the house and looked "pumped up," she wrote in the statement, adding he told her, "This is the one day."

He had a handgun in a holster around his waist and put on a backpack that had ammunition inside, she wrote, adding she knew "this was the time that he was going to do something bad."

"I knew when he left the house he was going to Orlando to attack the Pulse nightclub," she wrote.

Grabien news
written by Staff
Monday June 20, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted today that the FBI is unaware of the whereabouts of Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Salman.

Salman has indicated she suspected Mateen was about to commit a terrorist attack, and even accompanied him to buy the weaponry he used to carry out the massacre. She insists, however, that as he left she tried to hold onto his arm so he wouldn't leave.

If the FBI believes she was aware of the impending attack, she could be prosecuted.

"Has the shooter’s wife left the state of Florida?" a reporter asked Lynch during her press conference Tuesday.

"Right now, I don’t know exactly the answer to that," Lynch candidly replied. "I believe she was going to travel but I do not know exactly her location now."


kdvr.com FOX31, Denver
written by CNN newswire
June 14, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter told the FBI that Omar Mir Seddique Mateen said he wanted to carry out a jihadist attack, though she denied knowledge of his plans to launch the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

FBI investigators don't believe Noor Salman was a co-conspirator in the attack that killed 49 people Sunday morning at Pulse, the source said.

But authorities are looking into whether she should face charges for what she might have known of his intentions and possibly failed to report to law enforcement.

The development comes as investigators try to understand what motivated Mateen to carry out the devastating attack. Forty-nine people were killed early Sunday and 53 people were wounded. Officials said 28 victims are still hospitalized, including at least four people who are in critical condition.

Salman, Mateen's second wife, has been cooperating with various law enforcement agencies. The couple has been married since 2011. They have a 3-year-old son.

The couple lived in Fort Pierce, Fla., about an hour from the club. Salman told the FBI she had noticed changes in her husband's behavior and tried to dissuade him from doing anything violent, the official said.

When he left their home Saturday, hours before the mass shooting, Mateen lied about where he was going, Salman told federal investigators. A separate source said Salman had some prior knowledge of her husband's intention to launch an attack.

Law enforcement officials said Salman accompanied Mateen on trips to scout potential targets, though it is unclear how much she knew about his intentions. She was with him when he visited Pulse and Disney Springs -- an entertainment and shopping complex -- apparently in early June.

She also accompanied him on an April 26 visit to Disney World. Disney security officials have told the FBI that they believe the visit was to conduct reconnaissance.

The early June visits took place during the same period Mateen was purchasing the weapons used in the devastating attack.

Maine Sen. Angus King, who as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee was briefed on the investigation, said he doesn't know whether Salman went with her husband to purchase the guns.

Hours before the carnage, Mateen made one last trip to Disney Springs, law enforcement officials said. That time, Mateen was alone.

Justice Department prosecutors and FBI investigators are reviewing Salman's account and other evidence to determine whether to bring charges against her for allegedly failing to report her knowledge of his general plans to carry out some kind of attack.

Such charges could include misprision, a deliberate concealment of knowledge of a pending crime. King said Salman is being interviewed by the FBI.

"It appears she has some knowledge of what was going on, visiting some of the other sites. We don't know whether she was involved and knew about the purchase of the guns, which took place only about a week before the attack," King said.

"But she definitely is, I guess you would say, a person of interest right now and appears to be cooperating and can provide us with some important information on who this guy is, what his motivations were and what his plans were."

This is a picture of a "moderate" Islamic couple above.
The NY Daily News, USA
written by Nancy Dillon and Jason Silverstein
Monday January 16, 2017

The FBI arrested the widow of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen Monday and charged her with obstruction of justice, more than seven months after the attack on an LGBT nightclub.

Agents took Noor Salman into custody at her home in the San Francisco Bay Area, an FBI source told the Daily News. She was busted for federal charges filed in Florida, where she once lived with Mateen, her homicidal husband.

Mateen killed 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in June, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. He died after a gunbattle with a SWAT team in the club.

During frantic calls to police from the club, Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS and blamed his bloodshed on the American bombings of Muslim countries.

Federal authorities extensively questioned Salman in the days after the shooting. Reports emerged that she may have known about Mateen’s murderous plans, and had even driven him to Pulse to scout out the location, while still trying to talk him out of an attack.

But Salman eventually walked free, and fled from the public eye with the son she had with Mateen.

She and the boy moved from Florida to several locations around northern California, where her family lives.

Salman even gave an interview to the New York Times in November, in which she said she was "unaware" of her husband's evil intentions.

"I don’t condone what he has done. I am very sorry for what has happened. He has hurt a lot of people," she said.

She also said Mateen, who had divorced his first wife, abused her.

The Times first reported on her arrest.

Salman last month filed to change the name of her son so that he would not share the killer’s surname.

She is set to make her first court appearance on Tuesday. It remains unclear what led the FBI to bust her now.

“We appreciate the FBI and all law enforcement agencies who worked tirelessly and were dedicated to bringing some justice to this terrible tragedy,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a statement.

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