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June 24, 2016

Our Clueless Attorney General

Lynch claims the motive of the Orlando killer “may never be known.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently claimed that the motive of the terrorist who carried out the June 12 attack on the homosexual nightclub in Orlando “may never be known.” Such deliberate ignorance is a trademark of the Obama administration, but to borrow a line from the 1990s cult classic, “Clueless,” As if!

In the interest of helping the attorney general find the motive, we’ll suggest three places she can look — and they are from the killer’s own words:

  • The 911 transcripts where the (homosexual) terrorist pledged allegiance to the Islamic State while carrying out the attack.
  • The Facebook posts of the terrorist prior to the attack, where he vowed vengeance for U.S. air strikes and again pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
  • The report from an 11-month FBI investigation prompted by the terrorist’s claims that he was a member of Hezbollah (a radical Islamic terrorist group operating primarily in Lebanon), and that he had relatives in al-Qaida.

But let’s move past Lynch’s cluelessness (or is it mendacity?) about the motive, which is so obvious that “Clueless” diva Cher Horowitz could figure it out. (Mendacity would better explain why she originally redacted the 911 transcripts to omit the references to the Islamic State.) There was also cluelessness about the pending threat.

Over almost 15 years, the terrorist responsible for the Orlando attack gave warning signs to anyone who would look. From praising the 9/11 attacks while in middle school (part of a lengthy record of disciplinary problems dating from elementary school), to a freak-out during a barbeque over his burger touching a pork product, to comments made in the presence of a co-worker, and even his father’s track record of pro-Taliban propaganda, he broadcasted his status as a potential threat. Even warnings from a gun shop in the weeks prior to the attack failed to generate action. The Justice Department is at least reviewing its investigation, per Lynch, to see if agents missed anything. A day late and a dollar short doesn’t begin to cover it.

Oh, and Lynch now admits that the wife of the terrorist has now probably left the state of Florida, and that the FBI doesn’t know where she is. In other words, we now have a possible co-conspirator in the attack (the wife reportedly cased locations with the terrorist) on the loose. This is just unfathomable.

We aren’t done yet. Lynch has told us how we can fight terrorism. “Our common humanity transcends our differences,” she said this week, “and our most effective response to terror is compassion, it’s unity and it’s love.” As if! Compassion, unity, and love are nice to have, but what about concrete steps to stop the slaughter before it begins?

Lynch said nothing about increasing surveillance of potential terrorists. An amendment by Sen. John McCain to grant the FBI additional surveillance powers got 58 votes, but was defeated in a filibuster. Democrats demanded a prohibition of gun ownership for those on the terror watch list, saw the amendments get voted down, then proceeded to filibuster proposals to advise the FBI if anyone investigated was trying to buy a firearm, and to delay purchases by those on the terror watch list to allow the FBI to investigate. Then they staged a pathetic sit-in when they didn’t get their way.

Some politicians began to push to ban the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms, even though the FBI’s own crime stats show that the number of homicides with rifles of all types (to include the AR-15) have dropped from 445 in 2005, the first full year after the federal “assault weapons” ban expired, to 248 in 2014. To get a sense of the obliviousness one has to have to push for a ban, think this over: In every year since the 1994 ban on certain semi-automatic firearms expired, people were more likely to be killed with knives, hammers, or even fists and feet than with any type of rifle, much less an AR-15. Yet banning the AR-15 is an urgent matter of public safety, according to those politicians and the Obama administration. As if!

As old movies go, “Clueless” is an entertaining diversion — but it’s a sorry state of affairs for our nation’s attorney general.

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