Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Mental health experts,
FBI must share blame
For rampage at airport

IF NEWS REPORTS CAN BE BELIEVED, then the FBI and mental health “experts” should share the blame for the five deaths at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (in Dania Beach).

According to CNN, Esteban Santiago was in an Alaska FBI office in November, saying his mind was being controlled by US intelligence, he left two things in the car. A gun and his newborn child.

The FBI later claimed the baby was NOT left in the Santiago’s car.

The Army veteran's rambling walk-in interview at the Anchorage office was concerning enough for authorities to take away his gun and order a mental health evaluation. But it wasn't enough to get him mentally adjudicated, which would have prohibited Santiago from owning a firearm.

The FBI’s failure to at least direct Santiago to a Veterans’ Administration facility is unconscionable. (The only VA facility in Anchorage is a ”Vet Center”. There are no VA hospitals in the state.)

Miami's Channel 6 reported that In November, Santiago walked into the FBI's office in Anchorage and complained of hearing voices, claiming the CIA was forcing him to join ISIS, FBI spokesman George Piro said during a Friday evening news conference.

Officials said local police were called and he voluntarily went to a mental health facility for treatment.

While the motive remains under investigation, his brother and federal officials said he had been receiving psychological treatment recently. Santiago served in Iraq with the National Guard but was demoted and discharged last year for unsatisfactory performance.

Santiago’s relatives said that he had been receiving mental health treatment in Alaska..

Even if the mental health evaluation proved insufficient to get Santiago “adjudicated,” the facts that (a) he left an infant in his car when he walked into the FBI office and (b) claimed he was hearing voices should have been sufficient to hold the man in Anchorage. The “infant alone in a car” would be sufficient in many states to incarcerate the man, at least for awhile. Later the FBI would correct its erroneous statement and admit Santiago’s baby was NOT left in the shooter’s car while he talked to the feds. By then the damage was done.

Why Santiago, a Porto Rican native, chose Florida as the place to murder innocents has not been established.

According to KTTU in Anchorage, In addition to his visit to the FBI office, he had several encounters in recent years with law enforcement officials in Anchorage:

Sept. 14, 2015: Police ticket Santiago for driving a red 1995 Ford Explorer without insurance. He remains living in South Anchorage. A charge filed by the city of Anchorage later notes that Santiago admitted to the offense.

Dec. 12, 2015: The driving without insurance charge is dismissed.

Dec. 30, 2015: Santiago signs a “notice of change of mailing address” in a city criminal case, listing his address as an Anchorage post office box. By this time, Santiago was no longer living at the mobile home at 1200 W. Dimond Boulevard, according to the current occupants.

Jan. 10, 2016: The city files a two-count criminal charge against Santiago, accusing him of property damage and domestic violence assault. The charges say Santiago kicked or forced a door open and frightened his girlfriend, yelling at her while she was in the bathroom. The charges say Santiago forced his way in the bathroom, breaking the door and door frame.
“(The girlfriend) stated that he continued to yell at her ‘get the f--- out bitch,’ while strangling her and smacking her in the side of the head,” according to an Anchorage police officer’s account. The officer wrote that he saw no physical injuries on the woman.

Feb. 17, 2016: Santiago is accused of violating the conditions of his release. Police say he had been ordered not to have any contact with the victim in the previous case, but that police found Santiago at her residence on the 1300 block of Medfra Street.
Santiago admitted that he had been living at the home since about Jan. 17, according to the charges.
Online Alaska court records show that the assault charge was dismissed, but municipal prosecutor Seneca A. Theno said that is incorrect.
Theno said the charge of violating conditions of release was dropped in exchange for Santiago agreeing to plead no contest to the domestic violence assault and criminal mischief charges.

Feb. 23, 2016: According to APD Chief Chris Tolley, "On February 23, (there was) a violation of conditions of release. Mr. Santiago was restricted from his Medfra Street address. During a compliance check, officers found him there, arrested and remanded (him.)"

March 18, 2016: APD responded to a "physical disturbance" involving Santiago, but police were not able to establish probable cause for an arrest, Tolley said.

Oct. 15, 2016: Anchorage police responded to a domestic violence physical disturbance involving Santiago, said Tolley, and officers investigated. However, the municipal prosecutor did not give authorization to make an arrest.

Oct. 21, 2016: Santiago was involved in another physical disturbance, and there was an "allegation of strangulation," Tolley said. Again, officers did not establish probable cause or make an arrest.

TSA regulations do NOT require airline passengers to have a concealed carry permit to travel with a weapon and ammunition. The weapon and ammunition must be in a locked, hard-sided container (gun safe).

In Florida, Santiago's domestic violence record would prevent issuing him with a concealed carry license. Florida does have a reciprocal carry agreement with Alaska (and most states, albeit with some state-by-state limitations). To date there has been no publicly disclosed information if Santiago had a valid license to carry a concealed weapon. (Florida prohibits open — not concealed — carry.)

BOTTOM LINE The bottom line is that somehow Santiago “slipped through the (legal) cracks”, legally checked a weapon at the airline’s ticketing desk and boarded a plane for Florida — at this point no reason has been given for his choice of destination — where he used the weapon to murder and maim people trying to collect their luggage.

The FBI and mental health “experts” in Anchorage must share some of the responsibility, with Santiago, for the disaster at the airport.

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