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UPDATED: FBI Omitted ISIS From Orlando 911 Transcript, Caves, Releases Unredacted Version

UPDATED: FBI Omitted ISIS From Orlando 911 Transcript, Caves, Releases Unredacted Version


The FBI kept in Omar Mateen’s pledge to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in the 911 transcript, but omitted the terrorist group’s name.

Mateen called 911 before he murdered 49 people at Pulse, a popular gay club in Orlando, FL. From the FBI news release:

Orlando Police Dispatcher (OD)
Shooter (OM)

OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]
OD: What?
OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I 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 [omitted].
OD: Ok, What’s your name?
OM: I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted].
OD: Alright, where are you at?
OM: In Orlando.
OD: Where in Orlando?
[End of call.]

Mateen told the 911 operator he was in Orlando, but hung up after the operator asked for his specific location.

Three conversations occurred between the Orlando Police Department (OPD)’s Crisis Negotiation Team and Mateen. The FBI released summaries of these talks without the transcripts. But the department also omitted ISIS from the summaries:

In these calls, the shooter, who identified himself as an Islamic soldier, told the crisis negotiator that he was the person who pledged his allegiance to [omitted], and told the negotiator to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that is why he was “out here right now.” When the crisis negotiator asked the shooter what he had done, the shooter stated, “No, you already know what I did.”

In the first call, Mateen warned the OPD they will “see more this type of action going on.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch appeared on Sunday morning shows to explain why the FBI would redact important information from the transcript. She told Chuck Todd on Meet The Press they omitted ISIS so they wouldn’t “further his propaganda.” She repeated her nonsense on ABC News:

“I say partial because we’re not going to be, for example, broadcasting his pledges of allegiance. We are trying not to re-victimize those who went through that horror,” she added. “We’re trying to get as much information about this investigation out as possible, and we want people to provide information that they have to us.”

Speaker Paul Ryan condemned the FBI’s decision in an email to the press:

“Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous. 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.”

A Legal Insurrection commentator asked how the FBI could do this to 911 recordings that belong to Florida. United States Attorney Lee Bentley said the redactions do not conflict with Florida law since the case “is a federal investigation.”


Well, look at that! The FBI released the FULL transcript, but they kept in GOD instead of changing it back to ALLAH.


The Department of Justice released this statement:

“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. 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. 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.”

Speaker Ryan expressed gratitude for the administration’s decision to release the transcript in this email to the press:

“I am glad that the administration reversed its decision and has now shared the full transcript with the American people. But this should have never been an issue in the first place. The attempt to selectively edit the record reflects a broader, more serious problem: this administration’s continued effort to downplay and distract from the threat of radical Islamist extremism. This is unacceptable. To defeat terrorism we have to be clear-eyed about whom we’re fighting.”

The transcript still says God instead of Allah, though.


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Looks like there’s been some kind of “lost memo” thingy goin’ on.

The redactions, OTOH, are comical. Literally.

The parodies would write themselves.

    TX-rifraph in reply to Ragspierre. | June 20, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Perhaps the edits were made by the Baltimore prosecutors to the standards for truth that they are familiar with.

    Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | June 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    OD: What’s your name?
    OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to [don’t think of ISIS].
    OD: Ok, What’s your name?
    OM: I pledge allegiance to [don’t think of Allah] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [don’t think of ISIS].

    See? Big Brother would have to fire Lynch…which would involve real fire.

The folks at the DOJ must sit up at night trying to come up with new ways to push the envelope.
Being the “foreskin of the law” so to speak.

As I have said since the day of obama’s “my muslim faith” statement, he is a muslim. I’m not sure why so many are reluctant to recognize that.

    Arminius in reply to Rick. | June 21, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    No, he has no room in his otherwise non-existent heart for any other god but himself and government. He’s a Cook County anti-American leftist through and through. He only appears to be Muslim because they hate America as much as he does. Making them his natural allies.

    Which is why he lies about the law and puts them ahead of the Christian and Yazidi arabs at the front of the line of refugees. The law says religious minorities who are persecuted because of their religion get top priority. It’s been the law since this country decided to try and save the Soviet Jews. It’s still the law.

    But the liar in chief who is the last person to lecture actual Americans on American values lies and says “That’s not who we are. That’s not who we are. There’s no religious test for refugees.”

    There is; it’s an American value, and in fact the liar in chief has signed extensions of the Lautenberg Amendment that says there IS a religious test for refugees, and persecuted religious minorities, and extended it to other religious minorities not originally protected.

    I do not have the vocabulary to describe the contempt I have for this man in the WH. Nobody does. I despise him. But I won’t call him a Muslim because I know for a fact he can not conceive of a being that his superior.

Humphrey's Executor | June 20, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Winston Churchill said it best: “Well, its the most absolutely [bleep]ing thing in the whole of my bloody life.”

OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial Hillary Clinton
OD: What?
OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God Hillary. I 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 the Democratic Party.
OD: Ok, What’s your name?
OM: I pledge allegiance to the DNC may God protect Hillary, on behalf of Barack Obama.
OD: Alright, where are you at?
OM: In Orlando.
OD: Where in Orlando?
[End of call.]

rabid wombat | June 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Nice way of soft serving “God”, instead of “Allah”. Keeps everything in line with those “bitter clingers”

    nordic_prince in reply to rabid wombat. | June 20, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Kills two birds with one stone: It impugns those who follow the Judeo-Christian God, since many people will wrongly conflate him with “allah,” and it serves to help minimize the attacker’s connection with Islam.

    Arminius in reply to rabid wombat. | June 21, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    We aren’t allowed to name them. We aren’t allowed to learn their ideology. And we we aren’t allowed to use their vocabulary.

    This is supposed to make us safer. And it does, if you believe strictly abiding by the Pact of Ummar (note the perp’s name) and living in the absolute obedience to the yoke of dhimmitude makes you safe.

    By the way, I like your nom de Insurrection.

    I used to have a slightly rabid wombat back in the 1970s.

The right word for this idiocy would be “retarded”, but I am afraid that word is also banned and censured.

Is anybody keeping track?

    Arminius in reply to Exiliado. | June 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    No the right word is traitorous. Note I am careful not to use the word treasonous as that will, I know, get the legal beagles crawling out of the woodwork with the definition of treason and how this isn’t it, blah blah blah.

    So I want to avoid that.

    And it’s not idiocy. It is long and well-planned treachery. Understand who and what you are dealing with. Ward Churchill called us all, what, little Himmlers? In the faculty lounge, we are Nazis but without the guts to commit kristallnacht.

    Sorry, Professor Jacobsen, if my references cause you any concern. The modern heirs of the fascisti, the Stalinists, the Maoists, the Castroites, the Bolivarian socialists, spit Nazi labels at people like me. But what is the term? Never forget? We come from a long line of opponents of tyrannies. It should be remembered our Germans and Italians and Japanese, like Nimitz, Eisenhower, “Manilla John” Basilone, Daniel Inouye, were better than theirs. There is a reason for this.

    We know them in our bones. We despise them. I know for a fact I speak for a long line of everyone who escaped from Poland or Iran to Vietnam who have proudly worn the uniform. That’s why we are here.

    Speaking of which, you know who Obama is working for by who he lies to protect. I never thought I would see the day when I would have more respect for a French socialist than an ostensibly American President.

    This is not the first edit this guy has done to hide the evidence to protect his real friends.

      Arminius in reply to Arminius. | June 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      “Everyone” is not the right word. I can not speak for a long line of “everyone.” I am merely conveying the opinion of great many people. More politely than they expressed it to me, in a lot of instances.

Orlando PD had already rejected a request to release the 911 tapes:

“On June 13, AlterNet’s Grayzone Project submitted a request under Florida’s public records law for a written transcript and/or an audio recording of any and all phone calls that Mateen made to Orlando’s 911 emergency line on the date of the Pulse Nightclub mass killing.”

“Janet Lugo, the records and identification unit supervisor for the Orlando Police Department, replied on June 14: “The records being requested are exempt from disclosure at this time. Section 119.071(2)(c)1., Florida Statutes, exempts from disclosure all active criminal investigative information.”

Have to ask yourself why were the George Zimmerman 911 tapes released immediately to the press? Wasn’t that an active investigation?

“Two dozen news agencies, including the Sun Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel, have joined forces to demand the release of recordings of 911 callers frantically reporting a gunman on a deadly rampage early Sunday at a gay nightclub just south of downtown Orlando.”

“… Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Associated Press and others. Included in the request were dispatch and scanner recordings.”

A lawsuit must be filed against the Orlando PD for violating Florida open records laws. This has to be taken to the courts. It is the only remedy.

Glancing briefly at the teleprompter, Loretta Lynch says she made her decision after a short consultation with a navy corpseman who wiped Hillarys server, being cognizant of its effect on all 57 states. She maintains the censorship was necessary in order to shield her muslim faith from any smidgen of blame. And she has no doubt she is on the right side of history and Donald T-rump is in the wrong since only the gun was to blame. So there!


But the 9/11 video has been embargoed, too. Seems like a trend…

Why not just substitute “NRA” for “ISIS” and “Republicans” for Allah…er “G-d”?

I’m glad to see that the almost-uniform pushback against the deletions led to a full disclosure. Can We the People learn from this?

    randian in reply to Rick. | June 20, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    A misleading edit replacing “Allah” with “God” is not full disclosure. This serves 3 purposes: 1) downplaying the Islamic connection as previously mentioned, 2) falsely equating Muslims and Christians when it’s obvious which of the two is actually causing problems, and 3) promoting the Islamic supremacist notion that Allah and the Christian/Jewish god are one and the same.

      Rick in reply to randian. | June 20, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      I agree, if the God/allah switch is as you say.
      Years ago I represented a client in an NTSB “investigation” regarding an in-flight fire, the cause of which fire the NTSB and its crony buddies, the aircraft manufacturer and air shipper, were attempting to blame on my client. After lots of fighting about it the NTSB finally released a transcript of the in-flight voice recorder, excepting only for the ONE word that would exonerate my client. That word, the NTSB said, was unintelligible on the recording, which recording they would not release to see if other “experts” could determine the one supposedly unintelligible word. We prevailed, nevertheless, much to the NTSB’s (read “federal government’s”) distress.

Char Char Binks | June 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm

An Afghani speaking Arabic — shit just got religious.

Orlando PD no longer has a basis to refuse to release the 911 recording.


How does mentioning ISIS or Allah “revictimize” survivors?

    Ragspierre in reply to Sanddog. | June 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Like god’s love, it is a mystery that suppasseth all understanding…

    You aren’t supposed to ask…

    Arminius in reply to Sanddog. | June 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    You just have to understand who are always and forever the real victims, according to all the card-carrying members of the Muslim Brotherhood front groups/unindicted terror-funding co-conspsirators who this administration has handed control of our counter terror and foreign and national security policies.

    Then it all becomes crystal clear.

It’s websites like this that keep the censoring of the truth from happening… at least some of the time!
Thanks Professor, and Aloha Snackbar!

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So I can self ID as a woman, man, neither, etc. but I can’t self ID as an ISIS soldier? If I do that, THEN I am mentally ill?

Airbrushing history is the Bolshevik way. Do not confuse this guy with a Muslim.

He who controls the past, controls the future. He who controls the present, controls the past. Here is your expanded entry on the Bering Sea for your New Soviet Encyclopedia, comrade. Cut out the pages referring to the criminal capitalist lackey dog Lavrentiy Beria. Replace the old pages with currently approved truth, then burn what remains and never mention him again.

tarheelkate | June 21, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Of course this attempt to edit out the cause of the atrocity was stupid and offensive.

On the subject of using the word “God,” if the phrase was spoken in Arabic, then the correct translation into English is “God.” I know many Arabic-speaking Christians. The word in Arabic for “God” is “Allah,” and Arab Christians so refer to him in their native tongue. They do use a different word for “Jesus.” The Muslims call him “Issa,” and the Christians know him as “Yeshua.”