FBI, DOJ Backs Out of Scrubbing Orlando Jihadist 911 Transcript After Social Media Outrage
(Note: PolitiChicks will refer to the Orlando Islamic terrorist/jihadist/Islamic soldier the same way he referred to himself, and not “shooter” as other factions of the media have chosen.)
Social media went ballistic after words like ‘Islam’ were eliminated from the phone transcripts of the Orlando Islamic terrorist talking to police. Soon after the DOJ and FBI released the non-redacted version.
Perhaps they prescribed to the thinking that if you eliminate specific words describing a jihadist attack, it means the jihadist attack never took place?
From USA Today:
The FBI released partial transcripts of three conversations negotiators had with Orlando nightclub shooter, Omar Mateen. Investigators say Mateen called 911 from inside Pulse after his shooting rampage.
The FBI and Department of Justice released a full transcript of the Orlando gunman’s 911-call on Monday afternoon amid outrage that the original transcript omitted reference to the terror group ISIL.
In a joint statement, officials said they released the partial transcript and omitted any reference to ISIL so as not to provide the terror group with additional publicity, which could be used for “hateful propaganda” purposes.
Officials noted that the uproar over the omissions in the transcript instead created an “unnecessary distraction” from the ongoing investigation.
“As much of this information had been previously reported, we have re-issued the complete transcript to include these references in order to provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances,” the FBI and DOJ said in the statement.
Earlier Monday, people began to express outrage on social media after Omar Mateen’s 911-call transcript was released, but reference the terror group ISIL was “omitted.” In part of the earlier transcript, Mateen said: “I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].”
Mateen provided his full name and then went on to pledge allegiance to a terror group.
On social media many questioned why officials would redact reference to the terror organization, when law enforcement had repeatedly said Mateen claimed loyalty to ISIL in the 911 calls.
“What kind of filthy government are we becoming? Censored phone call,” Twitter user @MNgodfather2015 tweeted on Monday.
And from LA Times:
The FBI said this morning it has received thousands of tips, interviewed more than 500 people and collected more than 600 pieces of evidence more than a week after the Pulse massacre.
Officials today also released partial transcripts of phone calls made between the shooter and police during the June 12 shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53 others.
The transcripts include radio transmissions by Orlando police officers, a summary of the negotiations officers made with 29-year-old Omar Mateen and his pledge to the Islamic State.
The FBI will not be releasing full transcripts, officials said.
Mateen made the first call to a 911 dispatcher 2:35 a.m., while holding more than a dozen people hostage in the club’s bathrooms, according to the transcripts.
During the 50-second call, Mateen spoke Arabic and praised “God the Merciful.”
“I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings,” the transcript reads.
The dispatcher asked Mateen twice for his name and where he was located. He answered only with “In Orlando.”
Mateen also pledged allegiance several times to a person and groups, though the names were redacted by the FBI.
He then hung up.
About 10 minutes later, a team of crisis negotiators started talking with Mateen. Between 2:48 a.m. and 3:24 a.m., officers talked with Mateen three times for a total of 28 minutes, according to the transcripts.
He identified himself as an Islamic solider during the calls and told negotiators to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq. He said that was why he was “out here right now,” according to the transcripts.
He also referenced the Paris attacks by saying he had bomb vest like the kind they “used in France.”
He threatened to blow up a vehicle with a bomb outside.
“There is some vehicle outside that has some bombs, just to let you know. You people are gonna get it, and I’m gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid,” the transcripts read.
He also threatened impending attacks on the same nature.
“In the next few days, you’re going to see more of this type of action going on,” he said.
Mateen again hung up. Police tried multiple times to call back with no success.
At 4:21 a.m., police pulled an air conditioning unit out of a dressing room and rescued several people.
Officers then learned Mateen was threatening to put bomb vests on hostages.
That’s when Chief John Mina gave the order for a SWAT team to make entry.
At 5:02 a.m., crews used a controlled explosive charge and battering ram to knock out a hole in a bathroom wall.
They rescued several people before Mateen came out – armed with a 9 mm pistol and AR-type rifle – shooting at officers, police said.
Police radio shows officers fired back and at 5:15 a.m., Mateen was shot down.