Government to Censor Omar Mateen’s Pledge of Allegiance to ISIS
Government to Censor Omar Mateen’s Pledge of Allegiance to ISIS
Written By Laurie Higgins   |   06.20.16


This post has been updated to reflect the Department of Justice’s reversal of  position on redacting the transcript of Orlando club shooter Omar Mateen’s phone calls with law enforcement. Four hours after the release of a partial transcript of Mateen’s phone calls and under intense public criticism, the Department of Justice released the unredacted transcript.

Yesterday on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the FBI would be releasing a “partial transcript”—no audio—of Omar Mateen’s phone calls “with law enforcement from inside the club. These are the calls with the Orland PD negotiating team who were trying to ascertain who he was, where he was, why he was doing this, all the while the rescue operations were continuing.

When Todd asked what information would be left out of the edited transcript, Lynch answered:

“Well, what we’re not going to do is to further proclaim this individual’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups and further his propaganda… We’re not gonna hear him make his assertions of allegiance.”

It’s much easier for “progressives” to perpetuate their pernicious lie that theologically orthodox Christians are the cause of the Orlando massacre if the government censors the words of the shooter in which he tells America exactly what ideology moved him to murder 49 people.

And since when does the publication of primary sources of historical information constitute furthering “propaganda”?

(Watch video from 3:10-4:20)

Laurie Higgins
Laurie Higgins was the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Affairs Writer from the fall of 2008 to early 2023. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years in Deerfield High School’s writing center in Deerfield, Illinois. Her cultural commentaries have been carried on a number of pro-family websites nationally and internationally, and Laurie has appeared on numerous radio programs across the country. In addition, Laurie has spoken at the Council for National Policy and educational conferences sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition. She has been married to her husband for forty-four years, and they have four grown children...
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