The FBI reversed direction Monday and released the full transcript of the 911 call Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen made while in the midst of shooting-up the Pulse nightclub.
Just hours after FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ron Hopper had said he didn’t want to “give credence to to individuals who have done terrorist acts in the past,” the feds did an about face at about 3 p.m. ET and released the unredacted text.
In it, both Mateen and the ISIS leader to whom he pledged allegiance, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, are named.
“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 read.
“As much of this information had been previously reported, we have re-issued the complete transcript to include these references in order to provide the highest level of transparency possible under the circumstances.”
The change of heart came after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and other critics of the Obama Administration called the FBI’s decision to redact the transcript of Mateen’s call to the dispatchers “preposterous.” NBCNews
Update: Former New York FBI agent Craig Dotlo also believes that the criticism is unfounded. Yes, the FBI investigated the terrorist twice, but they had their hands tied by the guidelines imposed on them by the Department of Justice, President Obama, and Congress since the 1970s. Moreover, throughout the years, these guidelines have been made stricter.
Dotlo told American Thinker, “The U.S. Congress, President Obama, and the DOJ does not want the FBI conducting an investigation on any Americans unless it can be established there is reasonable suspicion the person considered for investigation has committed unlawful criminal activity. If that benchmark cannot be established the case must be closed. Congress is great in passing these policies, but when things go wrong, they deflect the blame away from themselves and put it on others. If you want the FBI to be more aggressive on these matters, talk to your members of Congress.” AmericanThinker
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The FBI reportedly cancelled its 2013 investigation into Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen after only 10 months because they viewed the terroristic threats he made as a reaction to “being marginalized because of his Muslim faith,” by his coworkers.
According to Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, the revelation came during a closed door meeting with FBI Director James Comey Monday afternoon.
“Director Comey confirmed to reporters this morning that there was a full FBI investigation of Omar Mateen in 2013,” she explained. “It was 10 months in length, and it was opened after he told his coworkers that he had family connections to Al Qaeda, that he was a member of a Shi’a terrorism organization and that he hoped law enforcement would raid his home and assault his wife so that he could then retaliate and martyr himself.”…
“At the end of 10 months the investigation was closed with no further action. They took Mateen’s statements he was trying to taunt his coworkers because he thought he was being marginalized because of his Muslim faith.” Daily Caller