During the closing arguments in the Noor Salman trial at federal court in Orlando Wednesday, the defense argued Salman was innocent because she is “simple” and has a low IQ.
Salman is accused of aiding her husband, Omar Mateen, in planning a mass casualty ISIS terrorist attack at Pulse Orlando nightclub in June 2016, which left 49 people dead.
During the closing arguments on Wednesday, the prosecution claimed that Salman is guilty of aiding and abetting her husband, who carried out the terrorist attack, as well as obstruction of justice.
Salman pleaded not guilty, with the defense and her family developing creative excuses for the ISIS widow.
Among claims that FBI agents who interviewed Salman fabricated her written statement, the defense also argued that Salman has an IQ of 84 and wasn’t smart enough to know about her husband’s plans to carry out an ISIS terrorist attack. Salman’s defense attorney described her as a simple woman with limited intellect and poor English language skills who has only had two jobs her entire life.
During the closing arguments, the prosecution quickly rebutted claims that Salman wasn’t smart enough to understand what her husband was doing, citing examples such as Salman’s associate’s degree, her motherhood, and the fact that she was competent enough to search for instructions on how to add a beneficiary to a life insurance plan.
Following the closing arguments, Salman’s family addressed the media outside of the courthouse. Susan Clary, the spokesperson for the Salman family said, “We’re here to say, and we’ve said over and over everyday that Noor Salman is not capable of having participating in any way in this horrible crime. Noor Salman is a victim of Omar Mateen.”
Salman’s family continued to defend her outside the courtroom, arguing Noor had no way of knowing her husband was planning to carry out a terrorist attack, but evidence presented by the prosecution during the trial suggests otherwise.
During the trial, it was revealed that just days before the attack, Mateen asked Salman, “What would make people more upset? An attack at Disney, or a club?’
Through that question appears to show Salman had advance knowledge of her husband’s plans to carry out a terrorist attack, despite her family’s claim that she knew nothing.
Adding to the absurd, Clary used the media briefing to downplay Salman’s Islamic faith. Salman, who is now an ISIS widow, is Muslim who has a Muslim child with Mateen. “[Salman’s] son was asking whether she will be home to color Easter eggs,” Cary told reporters, in an apparent attempt to mask the accused’s Islamic faith.
Given the fact that Salman is a Muslim who married an ISIS terrorist, it seems obvious neither she nor her young son, also assumed to be Muslim, would celebrate Easter, a Christian holiday.
“Isn’t Noor Salman Muslim? Why is she celebrating Easter?,” I asked
“She is Muslim, ethnically,” said Clary.
Clary and the Salman family didn’t get the memo: Islam is not a race, which means that Salman cannot be “ethnically” Muslim. A person can only be religiously Muslim.
In January 2017, Salman was arrested after she was indicted by a grand jury in Orlando. The jury is expected to announce a verdict Thursday morning.
If found not guilty, Salman plans to return to California to live with her five year-old son.
feature image via The Orlando Sentinel
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Laura Loomer is a conservative investigative journalist and activist who began her career working as an undercover journalist for Project Veritas. She covers politics, anti-Semitism, immigration, terrorism, the Islamification of the West, and voter fraud. She tweets @LauraLoomer.