House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday called it “preposterous” that the FBI would omit parts of the transcript of the 911 call made by the shooter in the Orlando terrorist attack.
“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, and why.”
In the news release, Ryan called on Obama “to reverse his administration’s decision to censor references to ISIS from the Orlando shooter’s 911 call transcript.”
On Monday, the FBI released this transcript of a 911 call made by the shooter. The parts of the transcript where the shooter apparently pledged allegiance to ISIS were redacted.
Orlando Police Dispatcher (OD)
OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]
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.]
On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch explained the intentional omissions, saying: “What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda. We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance.”