Attorney General Loretta Lynch held a press briefing on the Orlando attack, where she said that Omar Mateen, the culprit in this likely terrorist attack, and his motive may never been known. Are you kidding me? Better yet, who are you kidding by saying that, Madame Attorney General? The man pledged his allegiance to ISIS during those 911 calls, the transcripts of which you redacted to remove such references. It ended up being a public relations nightmare. After public scrutiny, the FBI re-released a more complete transcript, though it still shows that “Allah” was replaced with the word “God.”
First, if the shooter said “Allah,” which is obvious, then that’s what should be copied—the entire conversation verbatim. Last, the FBI should release the audio recording, but they won’t since its in Arabic and that isn’t going to help President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Democrats reinstate an assault weapons ban. Still, to say that we may never know the motive seems a bit…odd. He was a radical Islamic extremist, homophobic (homophobia is rampant in extremist circles), possibly a homosexual himself, who claimed he committed this attack so the U.S. would "stop bombing his country" [he's of Afghan descent] and attacking ISIS. That seems like a motive. That seems like an act of terrorism, right? (Via Portland Press Herald):
At the scene of the carnage, workers removed a temporary fence that was erected around the Pulse nightclub. State officials wondered how they would pay for resources drained by the massacre, and investigators kept probing for gunman Omar Mateen’s motives for the rampage, in which 49 people were killed and dozens more were wounded. Mateen died in a gunbattle with police.
Lynch said investigators may never pinpoint a single motive and not have not discounted witness reports suggesting Mateen might have been at Pulse before or had gay tendencies.
“We are still looking into that, and we are not ruling anything out,” she said.
In a 911 call from the club, Mateen pledged solidarity with the Islamic State, and Lynch said there’s no doubt he had read and been interested in extremist propaganda on the internet.
“We believe that is certainly one avenue of radicalization, but we want to know if there are others,” she said in the interview.
“This was clearly an act of terror and an act of hate,” she told reporters later.
Lynch added that compassion, unity, and love are the best ways to counter terror. She called it “our most effective response” to such threats. Pardon me, but I don’t any feel safer. As for the transcript of the 911 emergency call, it’s pretty clear the direction is heading concerning motive.
(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.]
Does political correctness have to infest everything? Concerning Mateen's second and current wife, Noor Salman, who drove him to buy ammunition, she may be facing charges from a grand jury stemming from this shooting. She said that she saw Mateen with a bag of guns the night of the attack, but tried to stop him. Regardless, Ms. Lynch has no clue where she is, saying that she knows Noor had planned on doing some traveling, "but I do not know exactly her location now."