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Terrorist Attack Florida Airport
U.S. Veteran Alaskan Esteban Santiago

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Florida International Airport January 6, 2017

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Terrorist Attack Florida Airport
U.S. Veteran Alaskan Esteban Santiago

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Florida International Airport January 6, 2017


Cruise Bruise Investigates - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Terror Attack?

On January 6, 2017, at approximately 12:56 p.m., Esteban Santiago aka Aashiq Hammad, from Anchorage, Alaska, 26, exited his flight into terminal 2, entered a restroom and pulled out a handgun from his check luggage. He exited the restroom and began shooting airline passengers in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Santiago took off from Anchorage to Minneapolis-St. Paul Thursday night aboard Delta Flight 1088, checking only one piece of luggage which included his gun. The weapon was a Walther 9mm semi-automatic handgun. He then boarded Delta Flight 2182 to Fort Lauderdale.

Taking a gun on a plane is legal if a passenger brings the weapon in a case that locks and checks the suitcase containing the gun. The gun cannot be loaded, though regulations allow travelers who fill out a declaration form to also bring ammunition.

The area was crowded with newly-arrived passengers retrieving their luggage. Santiago started shooting, aiming at his victims’ heads until he was out of ammunition. Santiago killed five people and wounded six more. Moments later, Santiago was confronted by a Broward Sherriff’s Office (BSO) deputy. He dropped his handgun on the ground and was arrested by BSO deputies.

Victims were brought to Broward Health Medical Center. Four of the five dead were cruise ship passengers. The dead were Michael Oehme, 57, Olga Woltering, 84, Shirley Timmons, 70, and Terry Andres, 62.

Two cruise ships were docked at Port Everglades at the time, Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam and Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess. Carnival Conquest, Coral Princess, Eurodam, Harmony of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas were scheduled to dock at the port the next day.

Last June, Florida was the scene of the deadliest terrorist shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, when a gunman apparently inspired by Islamic State killed 49 people and wounded 53 at the gay nightclub, Pulse in Orlando.

The two Florida terrorist attacks are 217 miles apart. The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is also 110 miles directly east of Naples, Florida where Santiago posed for a photograph of himself and a woman he identified as a cousin. (see map in slider)

The case of this terror attack, though it has not been formally named as such, is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ricardo A. Del Toro with assistance from Department of Justice Trial Attorney Larry Schneider.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Scott Israel, Sheriff, Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) announce the arrest of Esteban Santiago Ruiz (Santiago), 26, based on a federal criminal complaint charging him with violations of: Title 18, United States Code, Section 37(a)(1), performing an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that caused serious bodily injury; Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A), using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(j), causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm in the course of a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c). The statutory charges authorize a maximum penalty, upon conviction, of death or imprisonment for life or any term of years.

Whos is Esteban Santiago?

Santiago was born in Hamilton, New Jersey, and raised in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, where his mother still lives. His father died four years ago.

Santiago joined the Puerto Rico National Guard in December 2007. Numerous reports say he was register on MySpace as "Aashiq Hammad" and recorded Islamic songs in Arabic on it in 2007. He served in Iraq from April 2010 to February 2011 as a combat engineer, according to the Alaska National Guard. (see photos in slider)

Since the attacks, 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, according to officials familiar with the case.

He then joined the Alaska National Guard two years ago and got a general discharge August 16, 2016, for unsatisfactory performance, a spokesman for the Alaska National Guard said. The Pentagon said Santiago had gone AWOL several times while stationed with the Alaska National Guard and was demoted from specialist to private first class.

The Instagram profile bio under his name, naota333 read (before the account was shut down): “Here’s to finding whether or not your mission on earth is finished; if your still alive … It isn’t (sic).” It is a similar to a quote in Richard Bach novel titled, “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah”.

The number 333, is thought by some to signify an end of time warning from God. However, naota may represent a character in the FLCL (Fooly Cooly) anime series. The series is based on lead character Naota Nandaba, a twelve-year-old boy living in the fictional Japanese suburb of Mabase.

The series ran from June 2000 to March 2001. The English episodes, were released on January 23, 2007. Later in 2007, Santiago joined the Puerto Rico National Guard and was reportedly posting Islamic content on Myspace. A FLCL series is being released on television in 2017.

As the story goes, Naota’s life is interrupted by the arrival of Haruko Haruhara, who runs over Naota with her yellow Vespa 180 SS scooter, gives him CPR,then hits him on the head with a blue vintage Rickenbacker 4001 left-handed electric bass guitar. Naota discovers that the blow to his head created an "N.O." portal, from which giant robots produced by a company known as Medical Mechanica emerge periodically. Naota is drawn into a three-way battle with Haruko Haruhara and Medical Mechanica. Fans of the anime series commonly have user names ending in 333, representing the three-way battle.

The Writing was on the Wall

The Instragram user name naota333 (see military photos in slider) is similar to other social media emails he is known to use, and So, Google and Microsoft are going to be getting calls from the Department of Justice for searches of their database related to this case. When they are done looking at his computer, there may be many more search warrants issued.

A social media photograph shows him in a traditional Islamic keffiyeh scarf making an Islamic-inspired one-finger hand sign, referring to the oneness of Allah, with the beard and mustache of the faithful Muslim. (see photo in slider)

The ISIS' index finger signal is a gesture with the index finger raised up from an otherwise closed hand. For followers of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant it is often used as a sign of their cause. The gesture is alluding to tawhid, the indivisible oneness concept of monotheism in Islam. All adherents to the Muslim faith believe in tawhid. Thus, many mainstream Muslims believe that ISIL militants have corrupted the meaning of this symbol, which has a history of being used in a non-violent manner throughout the Muslim world. (see photo in slider)

In 2015, Santiago starts working at security job for Signal 88 Security in Anchorage, Alaska, living about a mile away from the only mosque in Alaska. He begins dating a local woman who has a child and she gets pregnant with their child. He is seen in social media photographs holding the baby in the hospital after the child is born.

He has several brushes with the law in South Anchorage, Alaska. On February 11, 2015, Weidner Investment Services files an eviction suit against Esteban Santiago.

On September 14, 2015, he is ticketed for driving without insurance. The case is dismissed December 12, 2015.

January 10, 2016 he is charged with assaulting his girlfriend, but January 17, 2016 he moves in with the girlfriend, violating his condition of release to have no contact with the victim.

February 17, 2016 Santiago is accused of violating the conditions of his release. The charge of violating conditions of release was dropped in exchange for Santiago agreeing to plead no contest to the domestic violence assault and criminal mischief charges. He signs a deferred sentencing agreement and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 28, 2017.

The FBI said that in November 2016, Santiago walked into the FBI field office in Anchorage, Alaska with a handgun and his infant child, saying the U.S. government was controlling his mind and forcing him to watch Islamic State group videos, authorities said. Officers seized the weapon and local officers took him to get a mental health evaluation. His girlfriend picked up the child. On December 8, 2016 the gun was returned to Santiago.

If the government was "controlling his mind", it was being done since 2007, when he was posting the Islamic videos on Myspace, before he was in the military, not after and a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) defense would not apply. It is more likely he entered the military in 2007, to become trained by the military and learn the inner workings.

December 31, 2016, he is booked on a flight to New York City for the New Year’s celebration in Times Square, but he cancels the ticket and on January 2, 2017, he books a flight to Fort Lauderdale.

22 Years of Mass American Terror - Not Always Foreign Terrorists

April 19, 1995 - Timothy McVeigh, 27, a former U.S. Army soldier and security guard and Terry Nichols, 40, undertook a domestic terrorist car bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma which killed 168 people and injured more than 680 other. It has been labeled the most significant act of domestic terrorism in United States history.

It was said to be revenge against the federal government for its handling of the Branch Davidian Waco, Texas siege between February 28 and April 19, 1993. The 51-day seize resulted in the death of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh, as well as 82 other Branch Davidian men, women, and children, and four ATF agents

McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001. Nichols was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole because the jury deadlocked on the death penalty. He is incarcerated at ADX Florence, a super max prison near Florence, Colorado. Nichols shares a cell block that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row". The cell block houses Ramzi Youse for the February 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing. It also houses American anarchist and domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber. Kaczynski set off bombs between 1978 and 1995 killing three people, and injured 23 others.

August 10, 1995 - A group calling themselves Sons of the Gestapo, were blamed for the incident at Hyder, Arizona after notes were left by someone claiming that affiliation. Amtrak's Sunset Limited was derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona on Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. The two locomotives and eight of the twelve cars derailed, four of them falling 30 feet off a trestle bridge into a dry river bed. One person was killed. Seventy-eight people were injured. It too was said to be retaliation for the Branch Davidian Waco, Texas 1993 siege.

July 27, 1996 - Eric Robert Rudolph, 40, from Merritt Island, Florida, explodes a bomb in Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia at a night concert during the Summer Olympic Games; 1 killed, 1 died nearby of heart attack. Rudolph was also convicted for bombs at an abortion clinic and a lesbian nightclub.

February 24, 1997 - Ali Abu Kamal, 69, from Palestine begins shooting on an observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City, killing seven then himself.

March 24, 1998 - Westside Middle School shooting in Jonesboro, Arkansas by Mitchell Scott Johnson, 13, and Andrew Douglas Golden, 12, five killed, ten injured. Both boys were sentenced to confinement until they reached the age of 21, which is the maximum sentence available under Arkansas law.

May 21, 1998 - Kip Kinkel, 15, went on a rampage after he was expelled from school, killing his parents and then going to Thurston High School shooting in Springfield, Oregon, killing 2 and injuring 25. Kinkel was sentenced to 111 years in prison without the possibility of parole

April 20, 1999 - Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 18, slaughter students and teachers during a mass shooting at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, killing 13, 24 injured. The two gunmen then killed themselves.

September 15, 1999 - Larry Gene Ashbrook opens fire inside the crowded chapel of the Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, killing seven people killed, then he kills himself.

December 26, 2000 - Michael McDermott, 42, software tester shoots and kills seven co-workers at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

March 5, 2001 - Charles Andrew Williams, 15, fatally shoots two classmates and wounds 13 others at Santana High School in Santee, California.

September 11, 2001 - There were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists who were members of the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. The attacks killed 2,996 people including 415 first responders, injured over 6,000 including people on four airliners, the Pentagon and New York World Trade Center buildings.

October 2, 2006 - Charles Carl Roberts IV, a milk truck driver in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania goes on a killing rampage at a Amish schoolhouse, kills five girls, then kills himself.

February 12, 2007 - Sulejman Talovic, 18, opens fire at Trolley Square Shopping Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah, killing five people and wounding four others.

April 16, 2007 - Seung-hui Cho, 23, a South Korean expatriate student at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, opens fire on campus, killing 32 people in a dorm and an academic building.

December 5, 2007 - Robert Hawkins, 19, opens fire at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska. He kills eight people and wounds four others before taking his own life.

Febuary 14, 2008 - Steven Kazmierczak, opens fire on a geology class at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Five students are killed and 16 wounded before Kazmierczak kills himself.

April 3, 2009 - Jiverly Voong, 41, shoots and kills 13 people and seriously wounds four others before committing suicide in Binghamton, New York.

September 19, 2009 - Najibullah Zazi, a Airport shuttle bus driver, from Aurora, Colorado, a native of Afghanistan, was arrested and convicted of plotting to bomb the New York City Subway system. He was trained by al-Qaeda in Pakistan.

November 5, 2009 - Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 46, a practicing Muslim and Army psychiatrist from Arlington, Virginia, shoots and kills 13 people and injures 32 others in a rampage at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas, two days before he is schedule to deploy to Afghanistan. He is sentenced to death.

December 25, 2009 - Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, from Lagos, Nigeria, known as the Underwear Bomber, was convicted of attempting to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253, en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan. He was sentenced to 4 life terms plus 50 years.

August 3, 2010 - Omar S. Thornton, 34, begins shooting at Hartford Distributors in Manchester, Connecticut, killing eight people then himself.

October 27, 2010 - Farooque Ahmed, 35, a Pakistani-born man from Ashburn, Virginia, was convicted for plotting to bomb Washington Metro stations at Arlington cemetery, Pentagon City, Crystal City and Court House.

January 8, 2011 - Jared Lee Loughner, 22, goes on a rampage at a Safeway supermarket in Casas Adobes, Arizona. Six people are killed and 11 others wounded. When convicted he is given 7 life sentences without parole, and an additional 140 years

September 28, 2011 - Rezwan Ferdaus a U.S. citizen, born and raised in Massachusetts, of Bangladeshi descent, was arrested by the FBI for allegedly plotting to attack The Pentagon and United States Capitol with remote-controlled model aircraft packed with explosives. He was also charged with supporting al-Qaeda and plotting attacks on U.S. soldiers abroad, by making IED detonators.

October 12, 2011 - Scott Dekraai, 41, walks into a crowded Seal Beach, California hair salon where his former wife works and opens fire. Eight people are killed, including a man sitting in a truck outside the salon.

January 7, 2012 Sami Osmakac plotted an attack, to avenge what he felt were wrongs done to Muslims, in the area around Tampa, Florida. Osmakac, an Albanian from Kosovo and a naturalized US citizen, was arrested for the alleged attack plan, which involved bombing nightclubs, detonating a car bomb, using an assault rifle, wearing an explosive belt in a crowded area, and taking hostages.

February 17, 2012 - Amine El Khalifi from Morocco was arrested by the FBI for allegedly plotting to carry out a suicide bombing on the United States Capitol. He was sentenced to prison for 30 years in September 2012.

April 2, 2012 - One L. Goh, 43, a former student at a Oikos University in California, a small Christian college, opens fire in the middle of a classroom leaving seven people dead and three wounded.

July 20, 2012 - James Holmes, 24, entered Century movie theater in Aurora, Colorado through an exit door killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.

August 5, 2012 - Wade Michael Page fatally shoots six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin before he is shot by a police officer. Page, an Army veteran who was a “psychological operations specialist,” committed suicide after he was wounded.

September 28, 2012 - Andrew Engeldinger, 36, breaks into a sign company’s offices in Minneapolis, Minnsota and opens fire, killing the owner and five others before turning the gun on himself.

October 17, 2012 - Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis from Bangladeshi was charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York. While Nafis believed he had the blessing of al-Qaeda and was acting on behalf of the terrorist group, he has no known ties, according to federal officials.

October 21, 2012 - Radcliffe Haughton, 45, a former Marine, walks into the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin where his estranged wife works and shoots and kills her and two other women, wounding four others.

December 14, 2012 - Adam Lanza, 20, kills 20 first graders and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School then kills himself at the scene. Lanza also killed his mother at their home prior to the mass shooting.

June 7, 2013 - John Zawahri, 23, kills five people in an attack that starts at his father’s home and ends at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California where he is fatally shot by police in the school’s library.

June 18, 2013 - Glendon Scott Crawford, 49 an industrial mechanic with General Electric in Schenectady, New York and Eric J. Feight, 54 members of the Ku Klux Klan were arrested for attempting to acquire and use a remote control radiation emitting device to be used to attack a number of targets, including the White House. Crawford is the first person to be found guilty of attempting to acquire a radiological dispersal device, a statute Congress passed in 2004.

September 16, 2013 - Aaron Alexis, a Navy contractor and former Navy enlisted man goes on a killing rampage at the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast Washington, D.C, shooting and killing 12 people. He is shot and killed by authorities.

May 23, 2014 - Elliot Rodger, 22, spent thousands of dollars stock piling weapons including two knives, a Glock 34 handgun, two SIG Sauer P226 handguns, and using his BMW 328i Coupé for an attack at Isla Vista, California. Six were killed, 7 wounded.

February 14, 2015 - Jonathan Leo Schrader from West Virginia had stockpiled C-4, dynamite and other weapons (including a sniper rifle to target first responders) to allegedly attack a federal courthouse, a bank, and the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins.

June 18, 2015 - Dylann Storm Roof, 20, a white supremacist is convicted for nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder after an attack black church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is given a sentence of Death by lethal injection.

July 16, 2015 - Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, attacked a Chattanooga, Tennessee military recruiting center, and a Navy-Marine training facility. Five were killed, 3 were wounded.

September 11, 2015 - Joshua Ryne Goldberg posing as an Australian ISIS supporter, attempted to get an FBI confidential informant to detonate a bomb at a Kansas City, Missouri September 11 attacks memorial event. Goldberg attempted to persuade the confidential informant to coat the shrapnel of the bomb in rat poison in order to maximize casualties.

October 1, 2015 - Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer, 26, with anti-religion and white supremacist leanings, shot and killed eight fellow students and a teacher at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon.

December 2, 2015 - U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook and Pakistan national Tashfeen Malik, and had an arsenal of ammunition and pipe bombs in their Redlands, California home before they killed 14, wounded 22 in a San Bernardino, California attack.

June 12, 2016 - Omar Mateen, 29, a security guard, entered gay nightclub, Pulse in Orlando, Florida, killed 49 people and wounded 53, apparently inspired by Islamic State propaganda.

September 24, 2016 - Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was arrested on charges that he intended to bomb a downtown Dallas skyscraper.