A mass shooting has resulted in 50 deaths and 53 injuries inside popular gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, FL as reported by USA Today. An Orlando officer shot the gunman dead who has been identified as Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen from Port St. Lucie and born to Afghan parents, and the FBI is investigating his suspected ties to Islamic extremism.
Muslim terrorists long have been targeting gay people on American soil.
For example, in August 2014 Ali Muhammad Brown confessed that he executed a gay couple -- Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young -- after luring them through a hook-up app in Seattle, WA, and then murdered New Jersey teenager Brendan Tevlin all in order "to gain retribution for lives lost during U.S. military action in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq" as reported by James Queally for the Los Angeles Times. Only months earlier in May 2014 Musab Mohammed Masmari pleaded guilty to federal charges that he torched a crowded gay club on New Year's eve in Seattle, WA as reported by Mike Carter for the Seattle Times: "the federal takeover of the case . . . lends weight to allegations that Masmari's crime is terrorism- or hate-motivated," and "the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg, who supervises the Joint Terrorism Task Force."
A NYC gay bar was one of the first targets of a Muslim terrorist attack on United States soil. In April 1990, a pipe bomb exploded at the gay bar and restaurant Uncle Charlie's at 56 Greenwich Avenue. An April 28, 1990 article ("At Least 3 Injured In Blast At Bar in Greenwich Village") from the The New York Times states:
An explosion, possibly caused by a pipe bomb, injured at least three people early this morning at a bar in Greenwich Village, the police said. The blast occurred about 12:10 A.M. at Uncle Charlie's Downtown Bar at 56 Greenwich Avenue, said a police spokeswoman, Sergeant Tina S. Mohrmann. She described damage to the building as ''minor.'' Three men were taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition and expected to be released shortly . . . .The bomb squad was investigating, and initial reports indicated a pipe bomb may have caused the damage, Sergeant Mohrmann said. One patron at the nightspot, Frizzell Green, said he was standing at the bar when the blast went off in a trash can five to six feet from him, producing a cloud of smoke and sending debris in all directions. ''It was like a loud firecracker,'' he said. A bartender, who would not give his name, said he saw a pipe in the trash can after the explosion.
Federal investigators determined that a Muslim terrorist ring was responsible for the pipe bomb attack on Uncle Charlie's. A January 14, 1995 article ("Man Accused In Terror Plot Bombed Gay Bar, U.S. Says) by James C. McKinley Jr. from The New York Times states:
Federal prosecutors plan to present evidence that some of the 12 men charged in a terrorist conspiracy to blow up New York City landmarks were also responsible for a host of other crimes, including the 1990 bombing of a gay bar, international arms smuggling, drug trafficking and the attempted murder of Mikhail S. Gorbachev. In a letter from prosecutors to defense lawyers released yesterday, the prosecutors accuse El Sayyid A. Nosair, one of the alleged leaders of the terrorist ring, of bombing a Greenwich Village gay bar, Uncle Charlie's, on April 28, 1990, injuring three people. Mr. Nosair, who like the other defendants is Muslim, attacked the bar because he objected to homosexuality on religious grounds, according to the letter.
Nosair was sentenced to life following his conviction for his "war of urban terrorism" as reported by Joseph P. Fried for The New York Times.
Muslim extremists are rabid homophobes. Dr. Farrohk Sekalesh has been giving speeches in Islamic centers and other venues across the United States including a 2013 event at the University of Michigan in which he justifies the death penalty for homosexuals under Sharia law as reported by WFTV:
Even the punishment for the act of homosexuality is one of love, Sekaleshfar argued. "We see the physical killing as something brutal, and this is the point when human hatred toward the act has to be done out of love," he said in the 2013 talk. "You have to be happy for that person ... we believe in an afterlife, we believe in an eternal life ... and with this sentence, you will be forgiven and you won't be accountable in the hereafter." In that way, "It's for his own betterment that he leaves," Sekaleshfar said. "We have to have that compassion for people. With homosexuals, it's the same," he said. "Out of compassion, let's get rid of them now."
Omar Mateen apparently was enraged by recently seeing two men kissing before embarking on his evil jihad against gay Americans as reported by the New York Post.
Further reading that may be of interest:
The Pink Glove was a wildly popular gay bar in Milwaukee, WI in the late 1950s, and none other than mob boss Frank Balistrieri allegedly had a hidden interest in the watering hole which otherwise was operated by Marvin Klein as license holder who was a brother of suspected mob associates Harold and Bernard. A 1958 FBI report provides the following:
FRANK BALISTRIERI is alleged to have an interest in the "Pink Glove," which is newly opened, a cocktail lounge at 631 North Broadway, and which is operated by [name redacted]. An informant has advised that he has seen an employee of FRANK BALISTRIERI's observe the activities at the "Pink Glove" cocktail lounge and check the cash register and report his findings back to FRANK BALISTRIERI. The informant advised he had no information which indicated that this "Pink Glove" cocktail lounge was a part of a country operation which catered to the "gay crowd." A "gay crowd" is described as individuals who participate in various acts of sexual perversion. It was the understanding of this informant that the "Pink Glove" may be a name used to designate a certain spot in various parts of the country where gay crowds meet.
Balistrieri apparently had interests in straight bars, too, and another 1958 FBI memo alleges he had involvement with the "licenses for the Roosevelt Bar, the Melody Room, the Downtowner Bar, the Tradewinds Lounge and the Knights Tower Bar, all in the city of Milwaukee."
Further reading that may be of interest:
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The New York Police Department and District Attorney's Office in 1975 launched an investigation dubbed Operation Together which looked into the mob control of gay bars and underage boy sex rings, and among its disturbing allegations was that Hollywood film director and writer James Bridges hosted notorious sex parties which were stocked with jail bait and attended by household names in the entertainment industry according to a retired NYPD officer with whom I spoke several years ago who worked undercover on the case.
Although some results from my interview with the retired officer previously have been published on Friends of Ours and in my book The Mafia and the Gays, to this point I have resisted identifying the names of those allegedly involved in the pedophile ring uncovered in Operation Together. However, as I continue to read about the plaintive pleas from 1980s child star Corey Feldman for a thorough investigation into a pedophilia problem among the Tinseltown crowd, I no longer will remain silent about allegations that have come to my attention from credible law enforcement investigations.
In an explosive 2011 interview on Nightline Feldman alleged that he was molested at the age of fourteen, and his long-time friend Corey Haim who recently died after struggling with drug addiction was sexually abused by an unnamed "Hollywood mogul" who "needs to be exposed." Just last month Feldman told The Hollywood Reporter "that I would love to name names," and "if somebody came forward with a suit against one of these people [who molested me], I would certainly be more than happy to back them up." Feldman further stated that one of his abusers is "still prominently in the business today."
By identifying allegations from the Operation Together investigation I hope that Feldman and other victims may be emboldened to come forward with the names of their alleged abusers. Indeed, perhaps an advocacy group or plaintiff's attorney will file a Freedom of Information Law request with the NYPD and District Attorney's Office for all files from Operation Together which identify several suspected pedophiles according to the retired NYPD officer with whom I spoke. My own requests for the material were rebuffed, and litigation will be necessary to force their hand in producing the files.
At the time of my interview with the retired officer who worked undercover in Operation Together he asked me not to disclose his name, and I will continue to honor that request. However, he advised I otherwise was free to disclose all information he relayed. Upon retiring from the force the officer took with him copies of 800-plus pages of reports he personally filed in connection with his work on Operation Together.
One of the principal targets of Operation Together was Seymour Seiden who was a gay man and alleged front in gay bars for the Genovese family, and among the many watering holes in which he had supposed involvement were the Sanctuary and Hollywood. The Sanctuary at 407 West 43rd Street was the first modern gay dance club and an alleged mob drug drop, and closed by the city in 1972. Seiden's partner in the Sanctuary was Shelley Bloom who was murdered in March 1972 the night before he was to testify before a federal grand jury investigating a South American cocaine-smuggling network. Seiden's last hurrah was gay hustler bar Rounds at 303 East 53rd Street which opened in 1979 until shuttered by the NYPD in 1994 although Seiden had died from AIDS several years earlier in April 1988. Charles Scaglione was a partner in Rounds, and he insists that the place had no mob ties notwithstanding Seiden's earlier associations.
The retired officer with whom I spoke stated that that while working on Operation Together he spent a lot of time undercover as a gay clone in the city's bars and did substantial surveillance including out on Long Island and Fire Island. In the course of his investigation the NYPD officer advised me that he learned about sex parties with underage boys that allegedly were being hosted at a place on the Island by Hollywood film director and writer James Bridges. Bridges had been nominated for an Oscar for The Paper Chase which was released in 1973, and later directed The China Syndrome for which he also received an Oscar nomination, Urban Cowboy and Bright Lights, Big City. He died at the age of 57 in 1993 from kidney failure after a cancer diagnosis according to his family. The officer staked out Bridge's place, and the attendees were obviously underage boys and household names in the entertainment industry to whom he referred as "the child fuckers." James Bridges was not the only name with which I was provided by the retired officer.
In 1977 Operation Together was shut down by "top brass" over the objections of assigned investigators and ADA Paul Flaxman as they were on the verge of bringing indictments because they allegedly were implicating individuals at the highest levels in New York City politics, power and society. Maybe this is why there still is so much resistance among New York lawmakers for reforming the statute of limitations by which victims of childhood sex abuse can bring claims.
James Bridges did not write and direct gay films but in 1984 he did release the curious Mike's Murder. In their book Bisexual Characters in Film authors John Dececco and Wayne M. Bryant describe the film as follows:
Mike is murdered and his girlfriend, played by Debra Winger, wants to know why. She investigates his life and discovers that Mike had stolen a large quantity of cocaine from the wrong man. In the process, she also learns that he had been a street hustler and the boy-toy of a famous record executive.
The film could have been a creative riff from the files of Operation Together.
This is not my last post on the subject, and further allegations will be forthcoming. In the meanwhile, Corey Feldman should reach out to the FBI who will keep his contact and disclosures confidential, and the FBI should obtain the NYPD and NYDA files on Operation Together.
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