Please see the article below and ask yourself the questionâ€¦. â€śWhy
are we just finding out about this now, after the shock and horror of
the event is no longer fresh in the publicâ€™s mind?â€ť
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
(CNN)Esteban Santiago, the man charged with killing five people at the
Fort Lauderdale airport, told FBI agents he carried out the attack on
behalf of ISIS, FBI special agent Michael Ferlazzo testified at
Santiago's bond hearing Tuesday.
The agent did not elaborate on whether Santiago was purporting to
be linked to ISIS or simply inspired by the terrorist
Federal authorities in Alaska said Santiago told them prior to the
attack that he was hearing voices and that his mind was being
controlled by the CIA.
Santiago initially made similar claims during an interrogation
following the shooting, but once he was transferred to the FBI office
in Miramar, Florida, Santiago introduced the ISIS claim and never
again mentioned mind control, Ferlazzo testified.
What we know about the Fort Lauderdale shooting suspect
ISIS has not claimed responsibility for the January 6 attack at
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Ferlazzo, who conducted the interview in Miramar, said only that
Santiago claimed to be fighting for ISIS and that he'd been in touch
via jihadi chat rooms with like-minded people who were planning
attacks as well.
Santiago is charged with using and carrying a firearm during and in
relation to a crime of violence; performing an act of violence against
a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that
caused serious bodily injury; and causing the death of a person
through the use of a firearm.
The latter two are punishable by death, while the first charge
carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Authorities have said that Santiago confessed to the mass shooting,
which they said he perpetrated after disembarking a plane from
Anchorage and collecting a checked bag containing a Walther 9 mm
pistol and two magazines.
How did Santiago get his gun back?
At Tuesday's hearing, the defense did not argue the prosecution's
assertion that Santiago posed a flight risk, as well as a danger to
the community, and said that the defendant was prepared to be detained
throughout his trial.
The judge ruled he be held without bond. His next court appearance
is January 30.