Esteban Santiago, aka Aashiq Hammad
New evidence indicates that the man who murdered five and injured eight at the Ft. Lauderdale airport is indeed a Muslim terrorist, who converted to Islam in 2007, and adopted his Muslim name, Aashiq Hammad.
Judicial Watch is reporting that a public records search revealed that the Ft. Lauderdale airport gunman converted to Islam long before enlisting in the US Army.
The public records uncovered in the days after the massacre suggest Santiago (Hammad) is a radical Islamic terrorist that’s seriously committed to Islam. Besides taking on a Muslim name, he recorded three Islamic religious songs, including the Muslim declaration faith (“there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”) known as the Shahada. He also posted a thread about downloading propaganda videos from Islamic terrorists on a weapons and explosives forum. The investigative news site that unearthed this disturbing information connected the dots between Santiago, who is of Puerto Rican descent, and Hammad, an identity he created in 2007.
The news site GotNews.com which uncovered the public records has published the information here.
A most interesting detail in this story is the fact, repeated with annoying frequency here in Florida, that the shooter was first publicly identified –as Esteban Santiago –by FL Senator Bill Nelson (D., unsurprisingly). Judicial Watch has this to say:
This week a prominent Ft. Lauderdale businessman and longtime resident addressed a letter to the city’s mayor and commissioners blasting county and federal officials for covering up that “Aashiq Hammad, not Esteban Santiago, attacked our city and county.” The businessman, respected Ft. Lauderdale real estate entrepreneur Jim Morlock, specifically names Broward County’s elected sheriff Scott Israel, Florida senator Bill Nelson, the first to identify Santiago as the shooter on national television, and congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, ousted last summer as Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair over a scandalous plot to damage Bernie Sanders during the primary.
“Since when does a US Senator (Bill Nelson), not law enforcement, be the one to so quickly release this terrorist’s Hispanic name but nothing about his more relevant Islamic background?” the letter asks. Obama must have told Sen. Nelson to keep this from looking like a Muslim Terrorist attack during the last 12 days of his watch. Bad for his legacy.” Morlock goes on to state that it’s “better to portray this atrocity as white Hispanic Alaskan mental Iraq war vet gun violence.” The real estate entrepreneur proceeds to reveal that Santiago lives in walking distance to the only mosque in Alaska, was radicalized before he entered the military and was knowingly allowed to serve despite his Islamic sympathies thanks to “Obama’s PC military.”
Meanwhile, Snopes goes out on a limb to reveal that “some reports indicate the suspected Florida shooter may have used an Arabic-sounding name” and that the suspect “had a track record of domestic violence disturbances at his home” in Alaska.