As one would expect, following the worst terror attack on US soil since the 9/11 attacks, people are looking for answers as to why 50 people were killed in a Florida night club.
The father of the terrorist, Omar Mateen, who carried out the attacks was quick to talk to the media after the incident, saying that his son did not do this over religion, and quickly blamed the behavior of gay American citizens.
However, after more research, it appears that there is much, much more to Seddique Mateen than initially meets the eye. Here is what Seddique said prompted one of the deadliest terror attacks in American history:
“We were in Downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music, and he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry. They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, ‘Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.’ And they we were in the men’s bathroom and men were kissing each other.’”
Seddique produced a television show, from right here in the United States that was aired in Afghanistan. In some episodes of the show, Seddique demonstrated pro-Taliban sentiments. According to the Washington Post:
In one video, the elder Mateen expresses gratitude toward the Afghan Taliban while denouncing the Pakistani government.
“Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up,” he said. “Inshallah, the Durand Line issue will be solved soon.”
The “Durand Line issue” is a historically significant one, particularly for members of the Pashtun ethnic group, whose homeland straddles the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Durand Line is that border. It is not clear whether the Mateens are Pashtun. The Afghan Taliban is mostly made up of Pashtuns.
Perhaps most disturbing is that Seddique has regularly visited Congress in the past and met with high-ranking members. He has posted several series of photos of his trips on His Facebook page. Here are just a few:
Strangely, Seddique also declared his candidacy for the presidency of Afghanistan just recently, but a year after elections took place in Afghanistan. He has also posted videos to his Youtube channel in which he pretends to be Afghanistan’s president and orders the arrest of various political and military figures in Afghanistan.
He also posts “open letter” style photos on social media on a regular basis: