23 June 2016

Redacted 911 Transcripts Showed Mateen's Allegiance to ISIS

After so much ridicule, the U.S. Department of Justice relented and released the transcripts of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s 911 calls. Unfortunately, the agency redacted and sanitized any and all references to ISIS made by the self-proclaimed radical Islamist terrorist.

Even though authorities have made no secret that Mateen invoked ISIS as his motive for slaughtering 49 people inside a gay nightclub in Orlando last 12 June, 911 transcripts released by the FBI awkwardly worked around mentioning the terror group.

But what was the point? Everyone already knew that he’d pledged allegiance to ISIS and its "caliph."

The point is that President Barrack Obama wants to make this about gun control, not terrorism — but ham-handed editing only calls attention to what they are deleting, and to Obama's peevish rules against uttering terms like "radical Islam."

Mateen, who worked as a security officer, was armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle and a pistol that the feds say he bought "in the past few days" when he started spraying bullets at about 350 patrons inside the Pulse dancehall around 2:00 A.M., officials said.

"In the name of God the merciful, the beneficial (in Arabic)," Mateen said during his call at about 2:35 A.M.

"Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of (Arabic). I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings."

The operator asked Mateen his name.

"My name is I pledge of allegiance to (omitted)," Mateen responded "I pledge allegiance to (omitted), may God protect him (in Arabic), on behalf (omitted)."

A furious gunfight with 11 SWAT team members followed, during which Mateen was killed and a cop was saved from death when a shot struck his Kevlar helmet.