[Marxism] No evidence that Omar Mateen was gay
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Mon Jun 27 10:13:18 MDT 2016
I would say that this article tends to prove the opposite of what is said in the subject-line above. Wythe
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NY Times, June 26 2016
Was the Orlando Gunman Gay? The Answer Continues to Elude the F.B.I.
By FRANCES ROBLES and JULIE TURKEWITZ
A vigil for the victims of the Pulse nightclub attack was held at Lake
Eola in Orlando last week. Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times
ORLANDO, Fla. — After news media reports suggested that the man who
carried out the massacre at a gay nightclub here may have himself been
gay, the company that bills itself as “the world’s largest gay hookup
site” put out what amounted to a distress call, asking members who may
have been in contact with the gunman, Omar Mateen, to come forward.
In an attempt to find an account connected to the killer, the site,
Adam4Adam combed through the profile photos of every one of its 300,000
Florida members and researched 20 email addresses used by Mr. Mateen
over the years that the company said had been provided by the F.B.I.
Adam4Adam came up with nothing.
“I think it was a hoax,” David Lesage, a spokesman for the
Montreal-based company, said about the reports that Mr. Mateen had used
Adam4Adam and other dating sites and apps for gay men.
Two weeks after Mr. Mateen barged into the Pulse nightclub on June 12
and opened fire on the crowd, leaving 49 people dead and another 53
wounded, investigators are still trying to determine the underlying
motive for the slaughter. Although federal officials have said Mr.
Mateen had become radicalized to some extent online, at least half a
dozen men have come forward with claims that hint at another potential
motive, reporting that they had seen Mr. Mateen at gay clubs,
encountered him online or had romantic encounters with him.
The claims have prompted investigators to look into whether Mr. Mateen,
who had called 911 pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, was also a
closeted gay man consumed by feelings of self-loathing and revenge.
F.B.I. investigators, who have conducted more than 500 interviews in the
case, are continuing to contact men who claim to have had sexual
relations with Mr. Mateen or think they saw him at gay bars. But so far,
they have not found any independent corroboration — through his web
searches, emails or other electronic data — to establish that he was, in
fact, gay, officials said.
The question of sexual orientation is a part of a broader effort by the
F.B.I. to establish Mr. Mateen’s criminal profile. Beyond being a
critical piece of information that could help the agency reconstruct the
deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, it could aid in
creating a broader analysis of criminal and terrorist behavior.
“People often act out of more than one motivation,” Attorney General
Loretta Lynch told reporters during a visit here on Tuesday. “This was
clearly an act of terror and an act of hate.”
One of the first people to bring up the idea that Mr. Mateen could have
been gay was his ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, who, a day after the massacre,
told The New York Times that her former husband often made angry
comments about homosexuality.
“If you know anything about psychology, you know that people that have a
really, really strong resentment or above-average hate toward something,
it’s because deep inside that’s what they truly are,” she said in an
interview at her home in Boulder, Colo. “In Islam, it’s true that there
is very low tolerance for homosexuality. He may not have been able to be
But she added that she was speculating, and that there was nothing in
their intimate life on which she had based that hunch.
Several men later came forward to tell other news media outlets that Mr.
Mateen was a regular at Pulse. (Two of them, female impersonators who
perform at the club, declined to comment for this article, though,
saying the focus ought to be on the victims.)
Another Orlando man, a Navy veteran named Kevin West, told The Los
Angeles Times and The Washington Post that he had communicated with Mr.
Mateen for about a year on Jack’d, a gay chat and dating app.
Hector Camacho, the chief executive of Jack’d, said the company was
cooperating with the F.B.I.
A company spokesman, Jeff Dorta, said several television networks that
sought to authenticate the report forwarded screen shots of what was
purported to be Mr. Mateen’s Jack’d profile page, which they said they
had received from a source making the allegation. Mr. Dorta said that a
technical analysis determined that the profile page was probably not
created by Mr. Mateen.
“While we are not at liberty to comment on any specifics, I can tell you
that as of now, utilizing the information Jack’d has been provided, we
have not been able to substantiate that Omar Mateen was a Jack’d user,”
Mr. Dorta said.
In an interview, Mr. West refused to share any of the messages or
pictures or explain which app he had used to communicate with Mr.
Mateen. He became combative when pressed. “I don’t need to prove
anything to anyone,” Mr. West said. “If I said it, it’s true.”
On Tuesday, the Spanish-language television network Univision aired an
interview with a man identified only as Miguel — his face was disguised
and his voice distorted — who claimed to have had a two-month
relationship with Mr. Mateen after meeting him on the app Grindr.
The man said Mr. Mateen had profiles on at least three gay dating apps.
He said they first met at another gay club in Orlando, the Parliament
House, and had more than a dozen rendezvous at an area hotel.
Miguel told the network that Mr. Mateen felt rejected by Hispanic gays
and was angry at Puerto Ricans in particular, because he once had a
sexual liaison with a man who later confessed to being H.I.V. positive.
“I believe this crazy horrible thing he did was revenge,” he said in the
English-language version of the interview.
Federal authorities looked into his account and do not consider it
credible, said a law enforcement official who spoke on background
because the information was part of an ongoing investigation.
Christopher Hansen, 32, a witness to the Pulse massacre, said that if it
turned out that Mr. Mateen had been gay, it might open a conversation
about homophobia in Muslim and other religious households where
homosexuality is sometimes not accepted.
“Maybe this would help open up eyes in all religions,” he said.
Pedro Julio Serrano, a gay activist in Puerto Rico, said he was worried
that Univision’s interview sought to dismiss the killings as a “personal
“We haven’t seen any texts, phone calls, voice mail messages, emails or
Facebook messages,” Mr. Serrano said. “We have to be very careful here.
There are 49 families who are hurting because they lost their loved
ones, and 53 going through the process of healing. We cannot fuel or
ignite anything that will add to that pain and that suffering and that
will inflame the sentiment and the emotions we are all going through.”
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