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    'I did the shootings': DOJ releases some redacted transcripts of Orlando killer's phone calls during massacre | Fox News

    Republicans blasted Monday's release of a redacted, partial transcript of the Orlando terrorist's phone calls on the night of the massacre, calling the edits "preposterous."

    In the transcripts, Omar Mateen claimed responsibility for his assault and identified himself as an Islamic soldier -- but all other references to ISIS or Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were scrubbed by the Department of Justice.

    “Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous," Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement. "We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS. We also know he intentionally targeted the LGBT community. The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this, and why."

    Mateen is known from prior FBI statements to have pledged allegiance to the ISIS chief and expressed solidarity with other terrorists. But Monday's release deleted all of those references.

    “Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings,” Mateen told a 911 dispatcher during a 50-second phone call at 2:35 a.m. on June 12.

    "I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted]," Mateen told the dispatcher.

    Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ron Hopper defended the deletions.

    "[Mateen] does not represent the religion of Islam, but a perverted view," Hopper said, later adding: "Part of the redacting is meant to not give credence to individuals who have done terrorist attacks in the past. We're not gonna propagate their violent rhetoric."
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    I want to propose this scenario that I heard earlier today....WHAT IF back in WW2, we scrubbed the references to Nazis out of statements? This changes historical content. It is unconstitutional to do this, and it's an OBVIOUS attempt to control and direct opinion and news.

    What do you think of this blatant act of defiance by the government to control the narrative?
     
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    This started from the top down. Obadword bowing to his Musbros. But maybe this was undone from the bottom up. The outrage I saw was a deep and wide coalition on Discus, FB, twitter, et. al., from all stripes on the political continuum. People are angry..... uncertain times, and waking up. Banding together in the face of ludicrous leadership. This is America. :) I like America and I want to keep it.:)
    Today gives me hope, even when all we can do individually is to be but one of drops in a bucket. Sea change? Deep and wide coalitions of voters make stable ships.
    ( Coalition is the wrong term. In normal times, the LGBT crowd and the So. Baptists may not see so eye to eye. But we sure saw the same crap and didn't like it, and called them on it. So, (and this will be a Paintman registered trademark,)
    " American Bedfellows"
    Hey, our cultural reference point is Bugs Bunny. :cool:
     
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    I was totally amazed they backed down and released it!
     
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    The public still had a voice. What is troubling is why they lied to begin with. To me hiding the truth is the same as lieing
     
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    They did so after the 911 operator leaked the full recording the shooter made. The 911 operator probably does not have a job anymore, but we needed that information.
     
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