In the ongoing war of words between president Obama on one hand, who has repeatedly said that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was "self-radicalized" and was not influenced by Islamic elements, and Donald Trump prominently on the other, where the Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly alleged that Mateen's actions were provoked by "radicalized Islam" which has prompted Trump to renew his calls for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants as well as profiling Muslims already in the US, it appears that the president is about to get some much needed help from none other than the Department of Justice, which will step into the debate, by releasing Mateen's 911 transcripts however only after heavy edits which censor and remove all references to Islamic terrorism.
As RealClearPolitics writes, in an interview conducted earlier today with NBC's Chuck Todd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that on Monday the FBI will release edited transcripts of the 911 calls made by the Orlando nightclub shooter to the police during his rampage. One minor matter: the transcripts will be heavily edited.
"What we're not going to do is further proclaim this man's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda," Lynch said.
"We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to the Islamic State]." Why: so Obama's statement that he was "self-radicalized" will preserve credibility.
The Washington Post reported last week that the gunman made multiple phone calls while holding hostages: "The gunman who opened fire inside a nightclub here said he carried out the attack because he wanted 'Americans to stop bombing his country,' according to a witness who survived the rampage."
Salon reported that: “Everybody who was in the bathroom who survived could hear him talking to 911, saying the reason why he’s doing this is because he wanted America to stop bombing his country."
The Washington Post also noted that during his 911 call from the club, the gunman referenced the Boston Marathon bombers and claimed "that he carried out the shooting to prevent bombings, [echoing] a message the younger Boston attacker had scrawled in a note before he was taken into custody by police."
As a reminder, Obama said that "we see no clear evidence that he was directed externally"... Well, aside from all the facts perhaps which explains the DOJ's drastic intervention and obvious attempt to cover up the truth.
Obama went on: "It does appear that at the last minute, he announced allegiance to ISIL. But there is no evidence so far that he was in fact directed by ISIL, and at this stage there’s no direct evidence that he was part of a larger plot."
And what better way to make Obama's point that Mateen was self-radicalized than to purposefully delete any and all actual Islamist references.
It gets better: FBI Director James Comey said at a press conference that the shooter’s past comments about Islamist groups were "inflammatory and contradictory." So it's best to just protect the public's tender ears and just censor said comments entirely.
Loretta Lynch says the FBI will release: "A printed transcript [that] will begin to capture the back and forth between him and the negotiators."
She concluded that "we're trying to get as much information about this investigation out as possible," she said.
What she did not add is that the DOJ would then release only those parts of the transcript which she and the president, found appropriate for general consumption.
And speaking of transcripts, here is what Loretta Lycnh told Chuck Todd:
LORETTA LYNCH: What we're announcing tomorrow is that the FBI is releasing a partial transcript of the killer's calls with law enforcement, from inside the club. These are the calls with the Orlando PD negotiating team, who he was, where he was... that will be coming out tomorrow and I'll be headed to Orlando on Tuesday.
CHUCK TODD: Including the hostage negotiation part of this?
LYNCH: Yes, it will be primarily a partial transcript of his calls with the hostage negotiators.
CHUCK TODD: You say partial, what's being left out?
LYNCH: What we're not going to do is further proclaim this man's pledges of alleigance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda.
CHUCK TODD: We're not going to hear him talk about those things?
LYNCH: We will hear him talk about some of those things, but we are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance and that. It will not be audio, it will be a printed transcript. But it will begin to capture the back and forth between him and the negotiators, we're trying to get as much information about this investigation out as possible. As you know, because the killer is dead, we have a bit more leeway there and we will be producing that information tomorrow.