Most Americans know by now, thanks to Judicial Watch, that it was Obama’s administration and then FBI Director Mueller, that ordered the purging of documents in the training manuals and curricula of anti-terrorism. They ordered the purge of “offensive” material including the exoneration of the Muslim Brotherhood, because it was too “offensive to Muslims”
Not only was the information ordered purged, by Mueller, but in a meeting on February 8th, Mueller reportedly assured the Islamic groups that the agency had ordered the removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices around the country that were deemed “offensive.”
If this doesn’t show that the agency is in need of reform after the Obama administration and Mueller, I don’t know what will. Our country is less safe when we allow radical Muslim organizations to influence how our FBI agents are trained on counter-terrorism. As Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch states, “This is nothing more than political correctness run amok, and it puts the nation at risk.”
Move forward from that to the Orlando massacre, where 49 people were killed. The killer was interviewed by the FBI. He was on a terrorist watch. The terrorist even bought a semi-automatic assault rifle just days before the shooting. Why didn’t the FBI at least detain this terrorist? Was it because of their politically correctness in their counter-terrorism training that didn’t allow them to focus on radical Islamic terrorism?
From the Orlando Massacre, we learned from AG Loretta Lynch’s interview on “Meet the Press” with ABC’s Chuck Todd, that the FBI deleted the name ‘Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’ and the ‘Islamic State’ from the FBI transcripts.
Here was Mateen’s pledge:
Mateen: I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].
Lynch’s exercise in censorship drew immediate ridicule from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and others.
“Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous. We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS,” Ryan said in a Twitter statement.
“The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this, and why.”
By mid-afternoon, Lynch’s Justice Department and the FBI had caved to the pressure and un-redacted the transcripts, saying the deletions had “caused unnecessary distraction from the hard work that the FBI and our law enforcement partners have been doing to investigate this heinous crime.”
Seriously?! Unneccessary distraction? What about the heinous crime committed on these 49 innocent victims? What about the horrible grief this terrorist caused for the innocent families because of the senseless loss of their loves ones?
What Obama, Mueller, Lynch and others did was totally inexcusable! They knew about Omar Mateen, the Orlando terrorist. They could have predicted what was going to happen. There’s no way they didn’t know what was going on. It was THERE purging of documents over “political correctness” that allowed the Orlando’s Pulse nightclub to turn into the deadliest single-shooter massacre in U.S. history.
But Lynch failed BIG LEAGUE in her excuses to ABC’s Chuck Todd to delete words from Omar Mateen’s pledge like ‘Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’ and the ‘Islamic State’. Lynch stated,
“What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda.”
Apparently Lynch has never worked as an actual (rather than virtual) babysitter, else she’d know that censoring a text triggers only a wider and deeper dig for the facts.
But more importantly, when and how did Lynch acquire a duty to protect the public from what she considers “propaganda”? What business is it of hers or the Justice Department’s what political thoughts my ears are exposed to? And where exactly will her powers stop? Magazines and Web sites that espouse jihad exist already. What would we say if Lynch attempted to ban or edit those, too?
But Lynch just expounded upon the situation even more.
Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union the same day, Lynch added another justification for bowdlerizing Mateen.
“The reason why we’re going to limit these transcripts,” Lynch said, “is to avoid re-victimizing those people that went through this horror.”
What a bunch of crock! She wasn’t limiting the transcripts to avoid so-called re-victimization, she was limiting the transcripts because they were knowingly censoring information about Muslims, especially radical Islamic terrorists, like Omar Mateen.
In the end, No law or American tradition directs the federal government to withhold public information to protect the psyches of “survivors.” In fact, the general rule is the opposite:
The most brutal evidence imaginable is exhibited routinely to the public in murder and assault trials.
Had Mateen survived and been brought to trial, the unexpurgated 911 calls most likely would have been admitted as evidence and made available for all the world to see. The mere fact that Mateen is unavailable for such a proceeding does not mean his crime file may be sanitized.
Even at the Orlando press conference that follwed, FBI agent Ronald Hopper reiterated Lynch’s talking points, saying the bureau was “not going to propagate violent rhetoric” by releasing full transcripts. “The audio was compelling, but to expose that now would be excruciatingly painful to exploit [the killed and wounded] in this way.”
Really!? Seriously?! How many people are buying into this crock of shit!?
I mean come on people. Barack Hussein Obama was flooding our country with thousands of illegal Muslims that were clearly unvetted. Radical Islamic terrorists were coming into our country and causing harm. As president,16 attacks by terrorists occurred on his watch on American soil. Do you really still want to believe this BS that Loretta Lynch was sputing out of her mouth about ‘re-victimization’? If you do, then you must also still believe that it was a ‘YouTube video’ that caused the attack on our Embassy.
For all of her talk about protecting “victims,” Lynch’s ultimate motive for withholding portions of the tapes was likely the Obama administration’s interest in downplaying Mateen’s (admittedly wispy) connection to ISIS, which President Donald Trump and other Republicans are eager to demagogue.
Was Orlando a terror attack inspired by religious fanaticism or the realization of a young man’s bent fantasy to commit violence? Clearly it was a bit of both. But neither side of this debate is well-served by withholding a complete account of what Mateen said that bloody night.
With Obama out of office, President Trump and AG Jeff Sessions are at the helm of the ship now. The Trump administration has one giant cesspool to drain. The Democrats and the Establishment are not happy about the change in power, and they are certainly not happy that the “political correctness” is going away.
President Trump over and over again, continues his calls for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants as well as profiling Muslims already in the US. These are both roadblocks the Democrats and the Establishment keep throwing at Trump.
President Trump is doing everything he can to ‘Make America Great Again’. The Democrats and the Establishment will continue to fight his agenda, and his policies. As for the ‘unpurging’ of the training manuals on counter-terrorism, we’ll all just have to wait and see.