Anger swells over hushed report Ft. Lauderdale shooter converted to Islam years before joining Army

Esteban Santiago, the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter who killed five people and injured six others, may be a Muslim convert who took on the name Aashiq Hammad.

Judicial Watch, pointing to an article by Got’s Chuck C. Johnson as its source, said that while information is “slowly trickling out,” this is a revelation “the Obama administration apparently wants to keep quiet.”

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Lending credence to Johnson’s claim, ABC News cited a source familiar with the case in reporting on Monday that “investigators recovered [Santiago’s] computer from a pawn shop, and the FBI is examining it to determine whether the alleged shooter created a jihadist identity for himself using the name Aashiq Hammad.”

More from Judicial Watch:

The Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter is a Muslim convert who years before joining the U.S. Army took on an Islamic name (Aashiq Hammad), downloaded terrorist propaganda and recorded Islamic religious music online, according to public records dug up by the investigative news site of an award-winning, California journalist. This is pertinent information that the Obama administration apparently wants to keep quiet, bringing up memories of the Benghazi cover up, in which the president and his cohorts knowingly lied to conceal that Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Special Mission in Libya.

Information is slowly trickling out that links the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooter to radical Islam while the official story from authorities is that the gunman is a mentally ill, Hispanic Army veteran named Esteban Santiago that became unhinged after a tour in Iraq. […]

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 government watchdog group noted that a prominent Ft. Lauderdale businessman is now asking question about Santiago’s possible Islamic conversion and why was U.S. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., the one to release Santiago’s name to the media.

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“Since when does a US Senator, not law enforcement, be the one to so quickly release this terrorist’s Hispanic name but nothing about his more relevant Islamic background?” real estate entrepreneur Jim Morlock asked in a letter to the city’s mayor and commissioners.

“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.”


Tom Tillison


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