It was announced over the weekend that the 911 calls made by the Orlando jihadist during his slaughter of 49 innocent individuals in a nightclub would be released to the public on Monday.
Transcripts of those calls were released, with one significant catch — all references to Islam and the Islamic State group were redacted and essentially edited out of the official story.
The laughable excuse put forward by President Obama’s administration for this decision was that officials didn’t want to perpetuate the work of the terrorists by giving them the credence or glory they seek through their violent acts.
In their view, redacting the names of the terrorist individuals, groups and religious ideology the mass killer swore allegiance to will somehow prevent future terrorist attacks from occurring — a notion that is largely unexplainable.
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) June 20, 2016
In fact, such a notion was deemed to be “preposterous” by none other than Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who called for the entire, unredacted transcripts to be released for the public to see, according to The Weekly Standard.
“Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous,” Ryan 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,” Ryan demanded.
Though many conservatives have had their issues with Ryan recently, he should be commended for standing up for exposing the full truth, at least in this instance.
In an administration that seemingly grows more absurd by the day, this latest move to cover up who is responsible for the bloodshed and deflect blame from radical Islam takes the cake for sheer absurdity.
Perhaps one day our nation will have a straight-talking president who isn’t afraid to call out our enemies by name and cares not a whit over who may or may not be offended by our efforts to protect ourselves.
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