orlando shooting

The Terrorist Algorithm

Would it be possible to stop terrorists by hacking into their accounts? BY Nicholas Noe Could Omar Mateen’s killing spree in Orlando, Florida on June 12 have been prevented if Facebook had employed a computer algorithm to flag potential terrorists? The U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, for one, may be interested in exploring this tantalizing, though

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Democrats Take Over U.S. House with “Sit-in” Over Gun Control

By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, June 23 – Chaos in the U.S. House of Representatives stretched into Thursday after Republicans refused demands by Democrats, who staged a “sit-in”, to bring up gun control legislation in the wake of the nation’s worst mass shooting in modern history. Scores of Democrats flooded the chamber for

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During Siege, Orlando Gunman Told Police He Was ‘Islamic Soldier’

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla., June 21 – The Florida nightclub killer called himself an “Islamic soldier” and threatened to strap hostages into explosive vests in calls with police during the three-hour siege, according to transcripts released by the FBI on Monday. From inside the gay Orlando nightclub, the gunman, Omar Mateen told police negotiators

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U.S. to Release Partial Transcripts of Florida Club Gunman’s Calls

By David Lawder and Roselle Chen WASHINGTON/ORLANDO, Fla., June 19 – U.S. officials will release transcripts of phone calls placed to emergency 911 dispatchers by a gunman during a shooting rampage a week ago that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Sunday. Omar Mateen, 29,

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Orlando Killer Expressed Support for Multiple Islamist Groups

By Letitia Stein and Jarrett Renshaw ORLANDO, Fla., June 14 – Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen had expressed sympathy for a variety of Islamist extremists, including groups in the Middle East that are sworn enemies, the FBI said on Monday, as a picture began to emerge of the angry, violent man who carried out America’s

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Who Was the Orlando Gunman?

By Zachary Fagenson FORT PIERCE, Fla., June 12 – The photo from Omar Mateen’s high school yearbook is hardly remarkable – a toothy, dimpled smile with a peach-fuzz mustache below a mop of black hair. His transformation from high school football player to perpetrator of America’s worst mass shooting raises questions about whether red flags

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Father of Orlando Shooter Hosted Political Show on Afghan-Pakistan Issues

By Jonathan Landay and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, June 12 – The Afghan-born father of Omar Mateen, the man police identified as the gunman who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida on Sunday, is a fringe political commentator who rails against Pakistan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Seddique Mateen, who public records

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Obama Calls Orlando Nightclub Shooting an Attack on All Americans

WASHINGTON, June 12 – President Barack Obama on Sunday described the worst mass shooting in U.S. history as “an act of terror” and “an act of hate,” saying the massacre of 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida was an attack on all Americans. “Today as Americans we grieve the brutal murder,

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