AMCT Press Release – Response to the Savage Attack on Innocent Lives in Orlando
June 13, 2016
WASHINGTON DC – Once again the United States of America was subject to a terrorist attack in the name of radical Islam in an Orlando, Florida establishment. This is the single biggest attack on our soil since 9/11. As we grieve for the innocent, we offer our sincere condolences and prayers to the victims and their families. Our resolve should strengthen from this day forward to make us more united under one clear path against radical Islamic terrorism.
What we know about the assailant in these early hours:
1. His name was Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, from Port Saint Lucie, Florida, a child of Afghanistan Immigrants, who currently worked at a G4S Security Company.
2. Omar called 911 before the act and swore allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
3. The FBI interviewed him in 2013 and again in 2014 on alleged terrorist ties
4. ISIS has claimed responsibility for this attack and ISIS’ social media is experiencing a rise in activity.
Extremist groups and other regimes are watching to see how the United States handles this situation and will take from it lessons on how to best attack us in the future.
The American-MidEast Coalition for Trump (AMCT) wants to be very clear in branding this what it is – Radical Islamic Terrorism. This branding will change how we address this act from a simple criminal act with local police to a federal operation that brings in the resources of the United States of America’s military and intelligence units, utilized together, to confront this conflict. We must understand and gather information on the radicalization of our youth, on the ideology and how it is spread and delivered.
All of this vigilant gathering of information must be shared with local police, who should be properly funded, equipped and trained in counter-terrorism to prevent and respond to these acts appropriately. This means educating law enforcement on the ideology of radical Islam. As we know, President Obama ordered all reference to radical Islam removed from training manuals used by the FBI and DHS. This training must be restored. Once the local authorities are educated on the motivation of those who threaten us, they will be better equipped to deter attacks and defend our citizens.
There have been 86 known radical Islamic terrorist plots in the United States since 9/11 (14 successful attacks) and they will not simply disappear magically, but must be addressed and overcome. This attack may be a precursor to a much bigger attack, and we as citizens of this great nation must seek to address this threat before it occurs, not after. We must change our posture from reaction to vigilance and seek to overcome – with the might of the United States and partners – radical Islamic terrorism.
We know that from the Clinton Administration to this Obama Administration that the war on terror has not been handled properly, and one wonders if the question was ever asked in the present administration as to what kind of response would constitute a deterrent? This is the first question that must be asked. The 9/11 Commission Report found that Bill Clinton decided against a strike in Afghanistan in late 1998 which could have taken out Osama Bin Laden and prevented 9/11 from ever happening. We must not allow history to be repeated.
Still to this day, the Obama administration does not have a global plan to defeat ISIS. After 86 potential attacks, and the successful attack yesterday, the Democrats seem to be in denial about the war that is being waged against us. Instead of asking questions about what motivates these attackers, what are they trying to achieve, and how can we deter attacks in the future, we are hearing references to political correctness, gun control and hate crimes that seem to promote the very agenda of radical Islamists against law abiding citizens of America.
– Editor AMCT