Noor Salman, who was married to Omar Mateen -- the shooter in the Orlando nightclub massacre -- was arrested today in San Francisco. She is facing charges of aiding and abetting, as well as obstruction of justice, in what has been called the worst mass shooting in American history. She has long been suspected of involvement in the shootings, despite her disavowals. It has been reported, however, that she accompanied her husband while shopping for ammunition before the attack on the Pulse nightclub. 
 
There are reports that Salman told the FBI that she tried to dissuade Mateen from committing the murders. The attack at the nightclub has been characterized by the FBI as an act of terror, and a hate crime. The Pulse nightclub was frequented by homosexuals.
 
In November, the New York Times reported that at the time she was in "legal limbo." Her legal counselors then were attorneys Linda Moreno and Charles Swift, who claimed that Salman did nothing wrong. Attorney Swift said that Salman had told the FBI “everything she knew to the best of her ability.” The 30-year-old Salman told the paper, “I just want people to know that I am human. I am a mother.”


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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