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Ex-SEAL Higbie: Florida Airport Killer Enabled By Lax Security, Unenforced Laws

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Monday, 09 Jan 2017 04:29 PM

An Iraq War veteran's shooting rampage that killed five and wounded six at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport last week was the result of lax security and federal laws that were not followed, U.S. Navy SEAL Carl Higbie told Newsmax TV.

"Once inside the [airport] there's 'no firearms' signs everywhere," Higbie said told Steve Malzberg on Monday's "America Talks Live." "The only way you can bring them in is if they're locked in a case going to TSA to be shipped. The issue is this continuously happens in gun-free zones.

"The other issue is there's statutes on the books right now — if you have a mental medical condition — you're not to own a firearm. And this guy went pleading that he's hearing voices, he has a disability and nobody thought to keep his guns out of his hands.

"That's the real issue here: We're not even enforcing the laws that we have."

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The FBI said Esteban Santiago, 26, flew from Alaska to Florida to carry out the shooting, with his only checked baggage being a box containing a Walther 9mm semi-automatic handgun and two magazines which he reassembled in an airport restroom upon arrival.

A court ordered Santiago held without bond Monday until a detention hearing scheduled for next week.

Higbie believes Santiago was working in the name of terrorists, despite no official declaration as yet he was.

"There's actually been cries to say he didn't do it in the name of Islam. He didn't do it in the name of ISIS, which is insane," Higbie told Malzberg.

"Can you imagine if this is a white Christian guy that was upset with the establishment over the treatment of Christians? How the media would spin that one? I mean it's ridiculous. They can't even admit the simple facts."

He said there is no question Santiago should have been monitored carefully as he prepared to fly.

"When I fly somewhere, I check baggage, I have stuff with me," Higbie said. "When I see somebody walking on a plane with nothing in hand, which is apparently what this guy did, I get very, very nervous, because I want to know why they're there, why they're traveling without anything.

"Who travels with nothing, not even a carry-on? The only thing the guy had was the checked gun. The other thing too is we have to understand that these heightened levels of security that they're having now cannot be maintained. So, eventually everything's going to go back to normal.

"So we need to figure out why he decided to strike Fort Lauderdale. Is there some sort of symbol or significance to that airport, to that area that he went after? Because if we don't know that, we can be in for a much larger attack."

Higbie is author of "Enemies, Foreign & Domestic: A SEAL's Story," published by Post Hill Press.

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An Iraq War veteran's shooting rampage that killed five and wounded six at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport last week was the result of lax security and federal laws that were not followed, U.S. Navy SEAL Carl Higbie told Newsmax TV.
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