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Obama Reverses Course on Orlando 911 Transcripts

After pathetic redacting, he allows the FBI to be transparent.

Nate Jackson · Jun. 21, 2016

On Monday, the FBI released the full transcripts of the 911 call Orlando jihadi Omar Mateen made during his deadly rampage. The FBI says the release was “in order to provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances.” But this transparency came only after the outcry concerning the administration’s transparent propaganda effort in redacting those same transcripts.

What did the full transcript reveal? For one thing, Barack Obama’s first transcript changed the word “Allah” to “God.” But more to the point, Mateen told the dispatcher, “My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.” That has been known since the day after the shooting, so why the redaction? Attorney General Loretta Lynch explained Sunday, “What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups and further his propaganda.” She later said she wanted to “avoid revictimizing those who went through this horror.”

Wrong. This doctoring served only to further Obama’s bogus political narrative that this wasn’t Islamist terrorism committed by the so-called JV team he’s so thoroughly decimated. He killed Osama bin Laden! Islamist terrorism is a thing of the past. Right?

Last week, Obama scolded those who see the threat clearly, insisting, “There’s no magic to the phrase ‘radical Islam.’ It’s a political talking point; it’s not a strategy.” Again, denying the obvious while lobbing a few bombs and repeatedly boasting victory isn’t a strategy, either.

At least one administration official had some guts, though. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday that the attack in Orlando “reminds us that ISIL not only tyrannizes the population where it rose in Syria and Iraq, but it also wants to spread its evil ideology and to plot or inspire attacks on Americans, including here at home.” He then advocated a familiar strategy: Defeat Islamist terrorists over there so we don’t face them here at home. How long before he’s summoned to the Oval Office for a rebuke?

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