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Someone who is informed about Brexit pls help me out--

By the time you read this, the result may be in -
but what I want to know is why was there this referendum--
ie - did some group bring it up, did the government, how did it come to be?

Is it the first time there has been a referendum since Britain has been in the EU?

thanks.

FBI Told Orlando Shooter's Wife Not to Tell US Media He Was Gay

In an interview with Brazilian TV, the ex-wife of Omar Mateen claimed the U.S. agency told her to keep quiet about his homosexuality.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation told the former wife of the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, Sitora Yusufiy, not to speak of his homosexuality or the fact that she, his family and others believed he was gay, Yusufiy’s current fiance, Marco Dias, told a Brazilian TV channel in an interview.

Dias told the Brazilian television station SBT Brazil Tuesday that Yusufiy believed Mateen was gay and that his father called him gay several times in front of her. However, “the FBI asked her not to tell this to the American media.”

Since the attack, Mateen has been dubbed an “Islamic terrorist” by politicians, senior officials and commentators in the U.S. following reports he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

However, the idea that he could have been a closet-homosexual indicates that the Orlando shooting might have been a deeply felt and personal act of hate.

The FBI and law enforcement in the United States have so far been pursuing the “Islamist terrorism” angle and their alleged demand from Mateen’s ex-wife to keep mum about his homosexuality suggests they want to downplay the personal and self-hating nature of the attack in favor of the Islamic terrorism-related one.



http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/FBI-Told-Orlando-Shooters-Wife-Not-to-Tell-US-Media-He-Was-Gay-20160616-0002.html

donald trump and the orlando shooter - mirror images

both are batshit crazy, irrational and frightening.
both are bullies, into control,
both are racist, homophobic, misogynist.
One killed or injured 100 people, traumatized a community, a city and a nation.
One would do even worse.

Richard Armitage Becomes Highest Ranking Republican To Break Party Rank

Source: politico

Armitage served as assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan, and deputy secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He’s the highest ranking national security official to openly express opposition to Donald Trump as the GOP’s nominee.

“If Donald Trump is the nominee, I would vote for Hillary Clinton,” Armitage told POLITICO in a brief interview. “He doesn't appear to be a Republican. He doesn't appear to want to learn about issues. So, I’m going to vote for Mrs. Clinton”


Read more: http://www.redstate.com/sweetie15/2016/06/16/richard-armitage-becomes-highest-ranking-republican-break-party-rank/



this could get interesting...

it's kinda fun to watch Paul Ryan look sheepish when asked about drump's banning of newspapers.

How the racist, homophobic, violent, Far-Right Christian evangelizing culture of G4S

may have led Mateen to act as he did.

excerpts from article:

Mateen’s ideological evolution takes us well beyond the banal idea that this was "just another" IS-inspired atrocity.

before his G4S stint, Mateen was not a homophobe.

Ten years ago, according to a former high school friend Samuel King, Mateen “didn’t have an issue with the LGBT community”.

According to Mateen’s ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, Mateen became increasingly abusive after they were married in April 2009 – two years after he joined G4S: “He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”

The problem is that G4S’s approach to domestic security in the US homeland amounts to a hotbed of routine abuse, sexual violence, extremism and homophobia, tolerated at the highest levels of G4S’s management.

Last October, four G4S security officers filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against the Florida-based firm for firing them when they complained about the extremist, homophobic bigotry of their senior G4S supervisor.

The lawsuit, which demands $3.5 million in damages, says that a G4S kiosk where the guards worked at a shopping centre was managed by “a devoutly Christian supervisor who told employees their gay family members were going to hell, played videos about the Illuminati and warned that the security kiosk could be attacked by demons,” according to a local Portland publication.

The supervisor would post Bible verses on the walls and hold daily "prayer circles" with two other guards as part of a campaign of “fervent evangelising”, according to the court filings.

The FBI had already interviewed Mateen in 2013 and 2014, and even placed him temporarily on a terror watch list, after he had told co-workers about his sympathies with militant or terrorist groups that the agency has not identified publicly.

So around this period, Mateen had suddenly begun to display an increased interest in a belligerent Islamist extremist ideology. By the time he met Gilroy, he had begun praying regularly, bringing his prayer mat to work. But even Gilroy observed that Mateen’s ritualistic religiosity was completely at odds with his behaviour – he would frequently rail against black people, display sexual interest in random women, and openly talk about wanting to kill people.

G4S has not yet provided any clarity as to why it failed to act on these repeated complaints which, at the very least, should have entailed an internal investigation into Mateen’s professional conduct.

It seems difficult to avoid the conclusion, though, that G4S superiors simply did not see Mateen’s sociopathic tendencies as a problem. In much the same way that G4S management decided to protect an extremist Christian homophobic supervisor in Portland, they preferred not to reign in Mateen’s openly homicidal extremism.

G4S’s routine protection of violent, racist tendencies among its security officers appears to be an institutionalised global problem for the government contractor.

Over the last decade, the firm has been beset by scandal after scandal due to allegations and findings of systematic tolerance of astonishing abuse.


Indeed, according to a report by the American Friends Services Committee: “In Florida there have been consistent reports of sexual abuse, use of excessive force, recurring riots, and numerous resulting lawsuits against the company.”

In Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa, among other countries where G4S has security contracts, official complaints under OECD guidelines documented disturbing “testimonies of racial segregation and poverty wages” discriminating against black workers under the company's management.

G4S employees in Britain have been found to routinely engage in racist, misogynist and homophobic banter, and the firm’s child services systematically subjected children to physical abuse often resulting in “life-threatening harm”.

Despite repeatedly voicing to his G4S colleagues his desire to kill people, his sympathy for terrorists, along with racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic views, G4S superiors opted to keep Mateen armed, dangerous and on the payroll.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/how-g4s-incubated-homophobic-hatred-orlando-s-isis-terrorist-451507222

Cops face questions over why it took three hours for SWAT teams to storm Orlando nightclub,

police chief admits officers may have shot some of the VICTIMS

Orlando police are facing questions over why it took three hours for a SWAT team to storm the nightclub where ISIS fanatic Omar Mateen slaughtered 49 people.
As the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history began to unfold, an off-duty police officer working at a gay nightclub exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
But authorities chose to hold off on letting the tactical units enter Pulse nightclub, where more than 100 people were shot.
Police Chief John Mina has also admitted that some of the victims may have been hit by officers' gun fire.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3639596/Did-delay-police-response-shooter-time.html#ixzz4BZrk8sNa

Syrian Kurds condemn Orlando shooting

Syrian Kurdish leaders condemned the Orlando shooting that killed at least 50 civilians and injured 53 more on June 11, and promised to defeat ISIS in Syria.

“We offer our condolence to the American people,” said Ibrahim Kurdo, the foreign affairs head of Kobane. “We feel the same suffering. What happened in Belgium and in France, happened in Kobane,” the Kurdish official told ARA News.

“We are all against this ideology that threatens the whole world and has no border,” he said.

“We are the ones who believe in brotherhood, and that’s why the world should support us in the fight against terrorism. We are resisting this terror group and fight those terrorists at their strongholds,” he added.


http://aranews.net/2016/06/syrian-kurds-strongly-condemn-orlando-shooting-promise-revenge-hitting-isis/

Implications of Orlando shooter being employed by G4S

"The Orlando shooter who massacred 50 partygoers Sunday at a gay night club reportedly learned to handle an assault weapon while employed by Britain's G4S, the world’s largest private security company whose services range from managing jails to protecting golf courses."

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/analysis/4-Reasons-Its-No-Coincidence-Orlando-Shooter-Worked-for-G4S--20160613-0026.html

btw, the false flag fundies are already out in force on this one. sigh... nt

Local LGBTQ Leaders Warn Against Islamophobia

Sunday morning’s horrific mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida LGBTQ nightclub is being met with mourning, outrage, heartbreak and international solidarity, as well as words of caution against the unleashing of further cycles of violence through anti-Muslim and xenophobic incitement.

The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity, which works to support and empower LGBTQ Muslims, declared in a statement released on Sunday, "This tragedy cannot be neatly categorized as a fight between the LGBTQ community and the Muslim community. As LGBTQ Muslims, we know that there are many of us who are living at the intersections of LGBTQ identities and Islam. At moments like this, we are doubly affected."

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/mourning-and-solidarity-local-lgbtq-leaders-warn-against-islamophobic-incitement

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