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Orlando Shooting Suspect Identified As Omar Mateen, Registered Democrat Of Afghan Descent; Pledged Allegiance To ISIS

The suspected gunman in today's historic Orlando nightclub shooting, has been identified by relatives and law enforcement officials as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, Florida. According to social media, he is a US citizen, born in 1986, from Port Saint Lucie; whose parents are from Afghanistan. He was a registered democrat with a security officer and firearms license.  According to California Rep. Adam Schiff, Mateen "made a pledge of allegiance to ISIS."

50 Dead, 53 Wounded In Orlando Nightclub Terrorist Attack - Deadliest Mass Shooting In US History

50 were killed and at least 53 injured after a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The shooter has been identified as Omar Mateen, a 29 year old US citizen of Afghan origin, a registered Democrat who had a firearms license. This is the worst attack since 9/11 and the worst mass shooting in US history. Authorities are investigating if the attack was ideologically motivated.

Ron Paul Warns, Reckless Congress Just 'Declared War' On Russia

Yesterday the US House passed what I consider to be one of the worst pieces of legislation ever. H. Res. 758 was billed as a resolution “strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination.” In fact, the bill was 16 pages of war propaganda that should have made even neocons blush, if they were capable of such a thing.

Congressman Hank Johnson Will Introduce Bill To Stop The Militarization Of Police

President Obama has once again proved his irrelevance and uselessness by failing to say anything meaningful on the disturbing events of the past week. In fact, he only decided to address it personally and publicly yesterday after being heavily criticized for issuing a press release about the party he attended in Martha’s Vineyard as civilians in Missouri clashed with a paramilitary police force. Despite Obama’s complete apathy, there are some Congressmen forcefully speaking out against the trend from “both sides” of the increasingly meaningless Republican and Democrat divide. The most noteworthy thus far appears to be Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia’s 4th Congressional district. In fact, he has sent a Dear Colleague letter to fellow representatives of his intention to introduce the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act in September when Congress returns from recess.

Wall Street Joins U.S. Intelligence Cronies To Form Fascist "Cyber War Council"

Want to hear the worst idea in the history of horrible ideas? How about we take the industry responsible for destroying the U.S. economy and wrecking the lives of tens of millions of people, and then allow it to create a “government-industry cyber war council.” It appears that trillions in taxpayer bailouts simply wasn’t enough for Wall Street. Noting that it can seemingly get whatever it wants whenever it wants, the industry is now positioning itself to overtly control U.S. “cyber” policy. What could go wrong?

A House Divided: Obama Lacks Votes For Syrian Attack

War-weary 'real' Americans appear to have the ear of their representatives (for once). Message such as "you don't stop a war by getting involved and shooting more," and "once you start launching missiles, anything can happen," appear to have moved both the staunchest tea-party Republican and the most anti-war Democrats to shun the position of Boehner and Pelosi. As Bloomberg reports, only about 20 members (or 5%) of the House is publicly supporting a military strike. Against this, 68 lawmakers (an uncomfrtable alliance of Dems and Reps) are actively opposed to a strike. 350 House members are 'undecided', with 217 required to make or break the vote. With 60 votes required in the Senate, Obama can currently only count on 20 'confirmed' yesses. Obama's problem arises from the fact that whipping the members in line is tough with a number of different strains of thought resisting Obama's urgings.