The FBI has now admitted that it deliberately censored the transcript of the Orlando homo club shooter Omar Mateen so that all references to Islam were removed and “Allah” was replaced with “God.”
The FBI said the initial censorship was “not to give publicity platform to hateful propaganda”—in other words, not to confirm the link between Islam and terrorism.
In the original transcript of Mateen’s call to the emergency services on June 12 from the homo club in which the shooting took place, he claimed responsibility, praised Allah, wished peace upon the prophet, and spoke in Arabic during the 50-second call.
However, much of what Mateen said was redacted, with the FBI leaving out all references to Islam, 9/11, and any of the groups that the shooter pledged his allegiance to during the attack, which left 49 dead. References to ‘Allah’ were also replaced with ‘God’ throughout.
A few hours later, after criticism, the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the FBI then released the full transcript.
In a joint statement, the DoJ and the FBI said that criticism of the censored transcript was “causing unnecessary distraction” from the work of law enforcement authorities.
“The purpose of releasing the partial transcript of the shooter’s interaction with 911 operators was to provide transparency, while remaining sensitive to the interests of the surviving victims, their families, and the integrity of the ongoing investigation,” the statement said.
“We also did not want to provide the killer or terrorist organizations with a publicity platform for hateful propaganda.
“Unfortunately, the unreleased portions of the transcript that named the terrorist organizations and leaders have caused an unnecessary distraction from the hard work that the FBI and our law enforcement partners have been doing to investigate this heinous crime.”
The statement then went on to release the full transcript, which read as follows:
Transcript of Orlando Police Department 911 Calls, June 12, 2016
2:35 a.m.: Shooter contacted a 911 operator from inside Pulse. The call lasted approximately 50 seconds, the details of which are set out below:
(OD) Orlando Police Dispatcher
(OM) Omar Mateen
OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficent [Arabic]
OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [Arabic]. I wanna let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.
OD: What’s your name?
OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.
OD: Ok, What’s your name?
OM: I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.
OD: Alright, where are you at?
OM: In Orlando.
OD: Where in Orlando?
[End of call.]
A little over ten minutes after his call with 911, Mateen received the first of three negotiation calls from the FBI, in which he said that America had to stop bombing Syria and Iraq while referring to himself as an Islamic solider.
Mateen said that the United States’ attacks on those two countries was why he was “out here right now.”
Mateen also made a number of false claims including that he had a car bomb outside in the street, and that he had an explosive suicide vest “like the ones used in France.”
“You people are gonna get it, and I’m gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid,” he told the FBI.
The FBI’s censoring of Mateen’s statement is in marked contrast to their behavior in any incident involving white people or “nationalists,” where even the wildest and unsubstantiated link is immediately given great prominence by both the authorities and the controlled media.