People expressed outrage on social media Monday after the Orlando gunman’s 911-call transcripts were released, but reference the terror group ISIL was “omitted.”
In the partially released transcript, gunman Omar Mateen claimed credit for the massacre and identified himself as an “Islamic soldier” while calling on U.S. authorities to stop the bombing in Iraq andSyria.
Mateen provided his full name and then went on to pledge allegiance to a terror group, whose identity was redacted from the partial transcripts.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said all decisions about the release of the transcript were made by the Department of Justice and refused to weign in on the “pending law enforcement investigation.”
While Ron Hopper, the FBI’s lead investigator in Orlando, reiterated that the decision to remove reference to ISIL was made so as not to provide the terror group with additional publicity, many on social media questioned the move.
“What kind of filthy government are we becoming? Censored phone call,” Twitter user @MNgodfather2015 tweeted on Monday.
Loretta Lynch claims transparency in Orlando shooting. So she realizes “partial” 911 call of shooter. I can see right through that very well
— Hal Hayes (@hhjr27) June 20, 2016
Following the release of the transcript, House Speaker Paul Ryan slammed the Justice Department’s decision to release partial versions of the transcript and called on President Obama “reverse” the decision.
“Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous,” Ryan said in a statement. “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, any why.”
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 20, 2016