FBI, DOJ release new, full transcript of Orlando shooter’s 911 call
Under pressure from Republican leaders, the Justice Department on Monday afternoon released a full, unredacted transcript of the Orlando terrorists 911 call on the night of the massacre, calling the morning’s furor over omissions in the document “an unnecessary distraction.”
An earlier version of the transcript had deleted the word “Islamic State” and the name of ISIS leader “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” Omar Mateen made the 50-second 911 call in which he claimed responsibility for the assault and pledged allegiance to the terror organization’s chief at 2:35 a.m., more than a half hour into the June 12 slaughter at gay nightclub Pulse.
“I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State,” Mateen says on the new transcript.
The old version had several words scrubbed and read: “I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].” SOURCE
Today I have seen many sites reporting on how the FBI and DOJ were both complicit in the *scrubbing* of certain words from the shooting transcript.
According to House Speaker Paul Ryan this action was “preposterous” and I have to agree with him on that statement.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch went on numerous Sunday talk shows with the news that the partial transcripts would be released on Monday, immediately generating controversy from not only elected officials, but media outlets. On Monday, the White House said the decision was made solely by the Justice Department.