PC in Orlando and in Our Future
If the Orlando massacre at a gay night club teaches us anything, it demonstrates the grip that political correctness has on our society.
One might call it a death grip. We now know that fears about being thought Islamophobic prevented colleagues of Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood killer, from reporting his jihadist sympathies even though they considered him to be a “ticking time bomb.” Likewise, a neighbor of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik decided not to report her suspicions about them to the police lest she be guilty of “racial profiling.” But for political correctness, the San Bernardino massacre might have been prevented.
Now we find that Omar Mateen, the perpetrator of the Orlando massacre, left a trail of clues in the years prior to his attack that even an Inspector Clouseau could have followed. Except that our contemporary Clouseaus are hampered by politically correct policing policies. In 2013, Mateen threatened to kill a sheriff’s deputy and his family. He stalked one of his colleagues. He told co-workers that he wanted to become a martyr, and he bragged about ties to terrorist organizations. He made two trips to Mecca. His father is a supporter of the Taliban. At the small mosque he attended in Fort Pierce, Florida, he associated with a man who later traveled to Syria and perpetrated a massive suicide truck bombing there. A few weeks before the Orlando attack, a gun shop owner reported to the FBI that Mateen had tried to purchase body armor and bulk ammunition.
The FBI did investigate Mateen in 2013 and 2014, but dropped the investigation because they believed Mateen’s story that his behavior was only a reaction to his colleagues’ “Islamophobia.” The FBI, of course, is completely hamstrung by the see-no-Islam policies that the Obama administration introduced into the nation’s security agencies following its purge of reality-based training materials in 2011-2012.